NJDEP ISG Meeting March 2, 2018

Baron Environmental Associates recently attended the quarterly Industrial Stakeholders Group (ISG) meeting held by the NJDEP’s Air Quality Permitting Department on Friday, March 2, 2018. The purpose of these meetings is to allow consultants and those in industry to meet with DEP officials to discuss and comment on regulation and rule updates. Below is a brief description of the major talking points from the meeting: Organizational Update Danny Wong is the new head of the Bureau of Stationary Sources. Rule Updates There is currently only one newly adopted air permitting rule. This is: Air Toxics and Resiliency Rule – (Adopted 12/14/17, Effective 2/12/18) - Air Toxics thresholds were updated

NJDEP Updates Air Regulations

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) published updates to several subchapters of the air pollution regulations on January 16, 2018. The updates apply to minor source operations, major source operations, VOC operations, NOx operations, and emission statements. These updates were not considered to be major; however, there is one change that has the potential to be useful for many facilities in New Jersey. Update 1: NJDEP has changed its definition of emergency generators (EG) within 7:27-16.1 and 7:27-19.1, to allow for operations during power disruptions resulting from construction, repair, or maintenance (CRM) activities for up to thirty-(30)-days per calendar year.

EPA Proposes to Make Used Aerosol Cans Universal Waste

On March 5, 2018, the EPA Administrator signed a proposed rule for publication in the Federal Register to increase metals recycling by placing used aerosol cans into the Universal Waste category as opposed to being hazardous waste in many cases. EPA will be seeking comments for 60 days once the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register. EPA estimates that facilities (mainly in the retail and manufacturing sectors) would save between $3 - $63 million in annual costs as a result of this proposed change. EPA also has data to indicate that a large number of used aerosol cans would be diverted from municipal waste landfills and properly recycled by this action. Aerosol cans meet the pr

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