1.   Instructions: BWP AQ 29 doc format of Clean Air Interstate Rule Permit Instructions pdf format of Clean Air Interstate Rule Permit Form & Instructions

  2.   Form: BWP AQ 29 doc format of Clean Air Interstate Rule Permit Form pdf format of Clean Air Interstate Rule Permit Form & Instructions

  3. Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment


Permit Fact Sheet 

  1. What is the purpose of the Permit?

    The purpose of MassDEP regulation 310 CMR 7.32 is to control emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) during the summertime ozone control period (May - September of each year) by implementing the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) NOx Ozone Season Allowance Trading Program beginning May 1, 2009.  310 CMR 7.32(8) requires all affected units to determine and report NOx mass emissions from certified systems during the ozone season (May – September), beginning on May 1, 2008.  In addition, CAIR NOx Ozone season units with CEMS must report year round beginning January 1, 2008.  To ensure that the NOx mass emissions are determined on a consistent basis, 310 CMR 7.32(3)(b)1. requires submission of a CAIR permit application and output monitoring plan, and, for most measurement methodologies, certification test data for NOx Allowance Trading Program certification.  The MassDEP, in consultation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is responsible for approving the certification testing of all alternative monitoring systems.
  2. Who must apply?

    All facilities subject to 310 CMR 7.32(3)(a)1. must apply for the Permit.
  3. What category should I apply under?

    The Emissions Control Plan (ECP) category is BWP AQ 29.  BWP AQ 29 is intended for all facilities subject to 310 CMR 7.32.
  4. How do I submit a complete plan application?

    For a complete CAIR permit application, you must submit the MassDEP Transmittal Form & Number for Permit Application & Payment, the BWP AQ 29 Permit Application form, and all applicable additional requirements stated in Section D of the Application form.  As there is no application fee for this permit, do not check a box in section F of the MassDEP Transmittal form.  The output monitoring plan must include the information specified in 310 CMR 7.32(3)(c)4.  All hardcopy submittals should be sent according to the information provided in Question 8 below.  An electronic copy of the application should be submitted to MassDEP via email to: Sue Ann Richardson.

    The completed CAIR permit application must be submitted by the source CAIR designated representative. Note that for sources subject to both the CAIR NOx Ozone Season program and the Acid Rain Program (ARP), the ARP and CAIR designated representative must be the same person; the ARP and CAIR alternate designated representative must be the same person.
  5. What other information should be considered when applying?

    All units must submit Net Output Monitoring documentation with the application.  The output monitoring documentation may be the same as that in the facility’s 310 CMR 7.28 ECP approval net output tables I (and II for cogenerators), but must describe the method for quantification of net energy output, any inter-relationship between output monitoring systems and the equations used to calculate output for all CAIR NOx Ozone Season units.  For net thermal output systems, descriptions and justifications of each useful load shall be included.
  6. What are the application fees and deadlines?

    See: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule

    As required by 310 CMR 7.32(2)(a)4., no CAIR permit can be issued, no emission data reports will be accepted, and no CAIR NOx Ozone Season Allowance Tracking System account will be established for a CAIR NOx Ozone Season unit at a CAIR source until EPA has received a complete certificate of representation under 310 CMR 7.32(2)(d) for a CAIR designated representative of the source and all units at the source.  Complete the CAIR Certificate of Representation.

    CAIR NOx Ozone Season sources required to have an Operating Permit shall also submit a CAIR permit renewal application under 310 CMR 7.32(3)(b)2. in accordance with MassDEP’s Operating Permits regulations addressing permit renewal.
  7. What are the fees and timelines?

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

    Primary Permit Location:
    Department of Environmental Protection
    Air Quality Section
    __________* Regional Office

    *Find Your Region

    Reserve Copy Location:
    Department of Environmental Protection
    Bureau of Waste Prevention, Attn: Sue Ann Richardson
    1 Winter Street
    Boston, MA 02108
  9. What is the annual compliance fee?

    See: Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule pdf format of Permit Application Timelines and Fees Schedule
  10. What are the regulations that apply to these permits?  Where can I get copies?

    These regulations include, but are not limited to:
    Massachusetts Air Quality Regulations, 310 CMR 7.00.

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