NJDEP Releases new General Permits GP-016A and GOP-002A

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is announcing changes to its general permits (GPs) and general operating permits (GOPs) this year. GPs apply to minor source facilities while GOPs apply to major source facilities. The changes are described in detail below. NJDEP also made available a graphic presentation describing the changes taking place in 2017. Please find that file in the link shown: http://www.nj.gov/dep/aqpp/downloads/isg/3317GPGOP%20Status.pdf Change from GP-016/GOP-002 to GP-016A/GOP-002A These two permits are required for “small emitters” and are also known as SEGAP permits. It is important to note that NJDEP is also combining several old permits together f

EPA Raises Penalties for Environmental Violations

In January, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) increased penalties for violations of their environmental compliance programs. The last increase only occurred six months prior, in July 2016. The purpose of these penalty increases is to match inflation and to further instill compliance practices. Additionally, we can expect these increases to occur more frequently than has occurred in the past. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 requires federal agencies to update penalties on an annual basis, while in the past penalties were adjusted nearly once every four years. The new increased penalties apply to all violations that occurred from November 3

March 3rd ISG Meeting Summary

Baron Environmental Associates regularly attends the quarterly Industrial Stakeholders Group (ISG) meetings hosted by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Bureau of Stationary Sources. These meetings update the public on regulatory proposals and guidance for air quality permitting in NJ. The latest meeting was held March 2, 2017. Attendees include DEP employees from Bureau of Stationary Sources, Bureau of Mobile Sources, and Air Compliance & Enforcement as well as EHS professionals and engineers from New Jersey consulting firms and industrial facilities. Baron has summarized the most important findings from the meeting below: DEP has scheduled a 2-day training sessio

EPA Updates Ozone Depleting Substances Regulation

In November of 2016, EPA finalized changes to Section 608 of their Refrigerant Management Regulations. These changes will affect professionals and facilities that utilize refrigerants. These changes took effect on January 1st, 2017 and currently remain in place. Unlike many other regulations, these are NOT likely to be canceled or delayed because these specific changes took effect before January 20th. These changes are summarized below: • Starting January 1, 2018, uncertified technicians must pass a certification exam updated to reflect these new rules and offered by an approved certification program in order to maintain, service, repair or dispose of appliances containing ODSs or substitute

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