Proposed Revisions to the General Plan Approval and/or General Operating Permit for Nonroad Engines (BAQ-GPA/GP 11)
[40 Pa.B. 6336]
[Saturday, October 30, 2010]
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is seeking comments on proposed modifications to the General Plan Approval and/or General Operating Permit BAQ-GPA/GP-11 for Nonroad Engines (General Permit or GP-11) in accordance with 25 Pa. Codes §§ 127.611, 127.621, 127.631 and 127.641 to authorize the use of nonroad engines, as defined in 40 CFR 89.2 (relating definitions) at multiple temporary locations.
In addition to minor clarifying revisions in the modified General Permit, the Department proposes the following changes to GP-11:
Condition 2 (relating to applicability/source coverage limitations) of the General Permit authorizes the operation of nonroad engines at multiple temporary locations if the owner or operator of the engines provides prior written notice to the Department and municipality in advance of each change in temporary locations. Prior written approval must be obtained from the Department for operations at each temporary location. Any nonroad engine that remains at one location for 12 or more months will be considered a stationary source.
Condition 4 (relating to application for use) of the amended GP-11 would require any person proposing to construct, operate or modify a nonroad engine under this General Permit to seek authorization from the Department using the Application for Authorization to Use the General Plan Approval and General Operating Permit (BAQ-GPA/GP-11); the Department's written approval must be received prior to constructing or modifying an engine. The application must be accompanied by the appropriate application fees specified in Condition 13 of the General Permit, proof of municipal notification and any additional forms and information requested by the Department. In addition, nonroad engines subject to GP-11 must be operated and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications, the specifications in the Application for Authorization to Use GP-11 and the applicable terms and conditions of the General Permit. Copies of the General Permit and applications must be maintained and at the facility and provided to the Department upon request.
Under the proposed changes to Condition 5 (relating to municipal and Department notification requirements), notice must be provided to each municipality where the nonroad engine will be constructed, modified or operated at least 5 working days prior to submitting an application to the Department seeking authorization to use GP-11; municipal notices for temporary locations will also be required.
Proposed revisions to Condition 5 for nonroad engines operating at multiple temporary locations also require the owners or operators of nonroad engines operating at multiple temporary locations to provide prior written notice to the Department at least 5 working days prior to the commencement of construction or operation of each nonroad engine at each new temporary location. The written notice must be provided to the Department on the Relocation Notification Form for Nonroad Engines Operating under BAQ-GPA/GP-11 and include proof of the municipal notification and a copy of the original application with detailed specifications and performance data.
Proposed revisions to Condition 10 (relating to monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting) of GP-11 require the nonroad owner or operator to submit a report to the Department within 30 days after the completion of operations in each municipality. The written report must include the name, title, address, e-mail address and telephone number for the individual responsible for the construction, installation or operation of the nonroad engine, a source description including the name of the manufacturer, engine capacity, the hours of operation and duration of the operation at the temporary location. This information must be submitted in a format approved by the Department or on a Department-approved form.
Condition 13 (relating fees) proposes new fees for general plan approvals ($1,000), general operating permits ($375), annual operating permit administration fees ($375) and general permit renewals ($1,000).
Opportunity to Comment
A copy of the draft revised General Permit and supporting material will be made available on the Department's web site at www.depweb.state.pa.us (DEP Keyword: Public Participation; select Proposals Open for Comment). A copy of the draft revised General Permit may also be obtained by contacting Jeanette Van Skike, Division of Permits, Bureau of Air Quality, 12th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8468, (717) 787-4325. TDD users may telephone the Department through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service, (800) 654-5984.
The Department requests written comments on the proposed revisions to this General Permit by December 14, 2010. Comments received by facsimile will not be accepted. Notice and opportunity for comment will also be provided to the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. Interested persons may submit written comments, suggestions or objections to Krishnan Ramamurthy, Chief, Division of Permits, Bureau of Air Quality, 12th Floor, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8468, (717) 787-4325. The Department will also consider written requests that a public hearing be held concerning this proposed General Permit.
Upon issuance of the modified GP-11, the Department will publish a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin of the issuance of the modified General Permit.
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 10-2054. Filed for public inspection October 29, 2010, 9:00 a.m.]
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