1. Instructions: BWP AQ 18 doc format of Creation of Emission Reduction Credits Instructions pdf format of Creation of ERCs Form & Instructions

  2. Form: BWP AQ 18 doc format of Creation of Emission Reduction Credits Form pdf format of Creation of ERCs Form & Instructions

  3. Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment


Permit Fact Sheet 

  1. Purpose of Permit 

    The purpose of this permit is to certify eligible emission reductions as Emission Reduction Credits that may be used in emission banking and trading transactions.
  2. Who Must Apply?

    Participation in the Massachusetts Emission Banking and Trading Program is voluntary.  There is no requirement to apply for Emission Reduction Credits.
  3. What other requirements should be considered when applying for these permits? 

    If filing for prospective rate-based credits it may be necessary to modify existing permits (e.g. New Source Review, RACT Emission Control Plan, and/or Operating Permit) prior to the certification of ERC.
    If the emission reductions are to be obtained through the modification of existing equipment or installation of new equipment, additional application forms may be necessary.
    In such cases, please contact the appropriate MassDEP regional office for guidance before applying.
  4. Application fee 

    The application fee for BWP AQ 18 is a function of the quantity of Emission Reduction Credit being certified.  

    • $1,000 for emission reduction credits greater than or equal to 5 but less than 10 tons or tons per year ERC
    • $5,000 for emission reduction credits greater than or equal to 10 but less than 50 tons or tons per year ERC
    • $7,500 for emission reduction credits greater than or equal to 50 but less than 100 tons or tons per year ERC
    • $12,500 for emission reduction credits greater than or equal to 100 but less than 500 tons or tons per year ERC
    • $15,000 for emission reduction credits greater than or equal to 500 tons or tons per year ERC
  5. Where do I send my completed application?

    Primary Permit Location:

    BWP AQ 18 permit applications should be submitted in duplicate to the MassDEP Regional Office responsible for the community in which the facility generating the ERC is located.  

    Department of Environmental Protection
    BWP Permitting Program, Air Quality Section
    ______________* Regional Office

    Find Your Region
  6. Where can I get a copy of the timelines?

    See Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
  7. What is the Annual Compliance fee? 

    See Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
  8. How long are these permits in effect? 

    See
    Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
  9. How do I avoid common mistakes? 

    • Answer all questions on the application form and indicate “N/A” (not applicable) where appropriate.
    • Be sure to have a legally responsible company official sign the application.
    • Submit two copies of the application to the regional office (one of which must contain an original signature).
    • Submit the BWP AQ 18 fee of:

    º $1,000 for emission reduction credits greater than or equal to 5 but less than 10 tons or tons per year ERC
    º $5,000 for emission reduction credits greater than or equal to 10 but less than 50 tons or tons per year ERC
    º $7,500 for emission reduction credits greater than or equal to 50 but less than 100 tons or tons per year ERC
    º $12,500 for emission reduction credits greater than or equal to 100 but less than 500 tons or tons per year ERC
    º $15,000 for emission reduction credits greater than or equal to 500 tons or tons per year ERC

    and a copy of the MassDEP transmittal Form to:
    Department of Environmental Protection
    P.O. Box 4062
    Boston, MA 02211
  10. What regulations apply to these permits?

    These regulations include, but are not limited to:

    • Air Quality Control Regulations, 310 CMR  7.00: Appendix B
    • Timely Action and Fee Provisions, 310 CMR 4.00
    • Administrative Penalty Regulations, 310 CMR 5.00
  11. How do I get copies?

    These may be purchased online, in person, or by mail at the Massachusetts State Bookstore