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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 13-184


Availability of Final General Plan Approval and/or General Operating Permit for Natural Gas Compression and/or Processing Facilities (BAQ-GPA/GP-5)

[43 Pa.B. 740]
[Saturday, February 2, 2013]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) has finalized the revisions to General Plan Approval and/or Operating Permit (BAQ-GPA/GP-5 or General Permit) for Natural Gas Compression and/or Processing Facilities that establishes emission limitations and other applicable Federal and State requirements including Best Available Technology requirements.

 The notice of availability of the proposed General Permit was published at 42 Pa.B. 1187 (March 3, 2012). A 60-day comment period was provided and written comments were received. On May 2, 2012, the Department extended the public comment period to May 23, 2012, to provide adequate time to fully consider the Federal New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutant regulations. A comment and response document has been prepared, which summarizes the Department's response to the comments.

 BAQ-GPA/GP-5 applies to the construction, operation and modification of both new and existing natural gas compression and/or processing facilities that compress and/or process natural gas, coal bed methane or gob gas through steps such as gas dehydration, compression, fractionation and storage. BAQ-GPA/GP-5 is now issued by the Department and available for use by qualifying applicants. The applicant may seek authorization to use GP-5 by using the General Permit Application and must receive written approval prior to constructing and/or operating under this General Permit.

 A copy of the General Permit with related documents can be obtained by contacting Jeanette Van Skike, Bureau of Air Quality, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8468, (717) 787-4325. The documents have also been placed on the Department's web site (DEP Keywords: ''Air Permits'').


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 13-184. Filed for public inspection February 1, 2013, 9:00 a.m.]

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