1. Instructions: BWP AQ 25 doc format of Power Plant ECP Form & Instructions
pdf format of                             Power Plant ECP Form & Instructions

  2. Forms: BWP AQ 25 doc format of Power Plant ECP Form
pdf format of                             Power Plant ECP Form & Instructions

  3. Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment

Permit Fact Sheet

  1. What is the purpose of this Emission Control Plan?

    The ECP is the instrument used by facilities to demonstrate to Department (MassDEP) and all interested parties, including the general public, how they are going to comply with specific emission standards in a regulation. There will be an opportunity for public comment upon each ECP application.  This process enhances environmental protection by allowing for comments from various interests, and incorporating relevant comments as well as the regulatory requirements into the final ECP Approval.  The application material submitted to the MassDEP and the plan approval letter become the approved ECP.
  2. Who must apply?

    An ECP is required for affected facilities subject to 310 CMR 7.29.  Affected facilities are those which emitted greater than 500 tons of SO2 and 500 tons of NOx during calendar years 1997, 1998 or 1999 and include any unit which is a fossil fuel fired boiler or indirect heat exchanger that: (1) is regulated by 40 CFR Part 72 (Federal Acid Rain Program); (2) serves as a generator with a nameplate capacity of 100 MW or more;
    (3) was permitted prior to August 7, 1977; and (4) had not subsequently received a Plan Approval pursuant to 310 CMR 7.00: Appendix A or a permit pursuant to 40 CFR Part 52, Prevention of Significant Deterioration, prior to October 31, 1998.
  3. What other requirements should be considered when applying for this ECP?

    The future submittal of a 310 CMR 7.02 plan application may be necessary for some modifications that may be undertaken at affected facilities to comply with the emission standard requirements of 310 CMR 7.29.  If a plan approval is required pursuant to 310 CMR 7.02, an administratively complete application must be submitted on or before January 1, 2003.  The Department strongly recommends that facilities planning to make modifications which will require the submittal of a plan application pursuant to 310 CMR 7.02 to submit said applications as soon as possible.
  4. What are the application fees?

    See: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule  pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
  5. What is the Primary Permit Location?  What is the Reserve Copy Location?

    Primary Permit Location:
    Department of Environmental Protection
    _____________* Regional Office
    BWP Permitting Program, Air Quality Section

    Find Your Region

    Reserve Copy Locations:
    There are no Reserve Copy
     Locations for these permits.

    BWP AQ 25 permit applications should be submitted in duplicate to the MassDEP Regional Office responsible for the community in which the affected facility is located.

    If approved, MassDEP stamps one copy and returns it to you along with the ECP Final Approval for your records.  In this manner, MassDEP and the applicant have identical copies of the approved submittal and the Final ECP Approval.  Supplemental forms may be required when completing the ECP. Supplemental forms BWP AQ SFC-1, BWP AQ SFC-3 and BWP AQ SFC-6 are included in this application kit.
  6. What are 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: Annual Compliance Assurance Fees  pdf format of Annual Compliance Assurance Fees
  8. How long is this permit in effect?

    See: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule  pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
  9. How can I avoid the most common mistakes made in applying for this permit?

    a. Answer all questions on the application form and indicate “N/A” (not applicable) where appropriate.
    b. Be sure to have a legally responsible company official sign the application.
    c. Submit two copies of the application to the regional office (one of which must contain an original signature).
    d. Submit the BWP AQ 25 Form and a copy of the MassDEP transmittal Form to:

    Department of Environmental Protection
    P.O. Box 4062
    Boston, MA 02211.
  10. What are the regulations that apply to this permit?  Where can I get copies?

    These regulations include, but are not limited to:

    a. Air Quality Control Regulations, 310 CMR 6.00 - 8.00.
    b. Administrative Penalty Regulations, 310 CMR 5.00.

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