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 for HAP reporting to ensure the most updated information available is being utilized that also includes human health impacts. All Air Toxic thresholds were consolidated into N.J.A.C. 7:27-17 “Control and Prohibition of Air Pollution by Toxic Substances”. The Resiliency Rule update also includes clarifications of the exemptions for emergency operations, temporary equipment, portable equipment, and construction, repair and maintenance.

RGGI UPDATE

On 1/29/18 Governor Murphy signed Executive Order 7 which directs New Jersey to rejoin the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).

This will require two new rulemakings:

• RGGI mechanics – How the auctions will be completed

• Dispersals of RGGI proceeds – How the proceeds will be distributed

VOC Testing in Natural Gas Engines

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