provides free, non-regulatory assistance to businesses seeking to
comply with clean air requirements. The program helps companies understand
air regulations and complete permit applications, works to keep companies
informed through local building departments, participates in business
fairs and arranges helpful workshops. Other information offered
Gas/Boiler and/or Combustion Sources (PDF)
- Permitting guidance for natural gas boilers and/or combustion
All PSD permits issued in the State of
Washington are issued by the Washington Department of Ecology
(DOE). The PSD program is currently a delegated program. A link
to the delegation agreement is found below. This means that the
EPA PSD program as codified at 40 CFR 52.21 is the basis for the
program and as a delegated program all guidance and
interpretations are performed via the EPA documentation and
protocols. Only the pollutants emitted in significant quantities
are permitted under the PSD program. Pollutants that are emitted
at less than significant quantities are permitted by SWCAA under
its Air Discharge Permit program contained in SWCAA 400-110.
The DOE PSD Program is committed to issuing permits that are
consistent with the latest laws, regulations, and guidance. At
the same time, DOE works with every willing applicant in an
attempt to draft a permit that allows the proposed project to
remain feasible. Of course, the applicant makes the final
judgment on the project's feasibility. Some applicants withdraw
from the PSD process in the belief that their proposed project
is not feasible within PSD requirements. However, as of the date
of this web site posting, the DOE Air Quality Program has never
denied a PSD permit. Most PSD permitting activities involve PSD
and non-PSD pollutants. Projects should be coordinated with both
DOE and SWCAA to ensure timely permit development for all
PSD permit development is based on the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) regulatory code, 40
CFR 52.21. The New Source Review Workshop Manual, 1990 (United
States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air Quality
Planning and Standards, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina)
is generally accepted as the basis for permit application
development. You can download a copy at http://www.epa.gov/Region7/programs/artd/air/nsr/nsrmemos/1990wman.pdf.
In addition, there is a library of guidance intended to
interpret the application of the regulatory code. It is beyond
the scope of this link to re-publish it. The full compilation of
EPA guidance is available from the EPA Region VII data base at
Click for PSD Delegation Agreement from EPA November 17, 2011
Click for DOE PSD Web Page
- Metal fabrication and finishing facilities - The Southwest Clean Air Agency is providing this information because your facility may be subject to a new EPA regulation, 40 CFR 63 Subpart XXXXXX National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) Area Source Standards for Nine Metal Fabrication and Finishing Source Categories. Read more.
- Surface coating and paint stripping facilities - The Southwest Clean Air Agency is providing this information because your facility may be subject to a new EPA regulation, Subpart HHHHHH National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP): Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources. New sources must be in compliance immediately, and existing sources (those in existence before September 17, 2007) must be in compliance by January 10, 2011. Read more.
- Air Discharge Permits (ADPs) issued by SWCAA may contain source test requirements for criteria and/or toxic air pollutants.
Methods for performing these tests are specified in the permits. The following links are to EPA documents that help identify
the most appropriate test methods for pollutants or processes. There are times when the test methods identified in the ADP are
not optimal for a given operational condition at a facility. When this occurs the facility or the test contractor should request
performance of a more appropriate test method as part of the test plan. In addition, testing that is performed to demonstrate
compliance with a federal standard (NSPS, NESHAP, MACT, etc.) are required by the underlying federal standards to use audit
samples for methods where audit samples are available. The Stationary Audit Sample Program is now operated under the direction
of the NELAC Institute. EPA reference test methods can be found in 40 CFR 60 Appendix A.
Content/Format of Stack Test Reports (Word
format or PDF) - Test plans
are required to be submitted to SWCAA prior to testing. Generally
the plans must be submitted 2 weeks prior to testing but may be
different based on individual facility permit conditions. Generally,
source test reports are to be submitted to SWCAA not more than
45 days from the end of the testing. This is a permit condition
and is enforceable. Tune up test reports are generally to be submitted
to SWCAA no later than 10 working days after completion.
- Guidance for selecting Tune-Up Calibration Gases (PDF) -
Vendors that provide services to sources of combustion devices
that are required to perform periodic combustion monitoring
should consider maintaining calibration gases consistent with
- Guidance Document: First and Second Tier Review of Toxic Air Pollution Sources Health Impact Analysis (PDF)
SWCAA has been successful in working with large emitters to reduce
permitted pollution rates throughout southwest Washington, it
has found a need to redesign its business outreach and assistance
efforts to increase efficiency and cohesiveness with other agency
programs. The businesses assistance web pages have been integrated
into a coherent SWCAA website. In addition, outreach also includes
a regular agency newsletter. Of course, free information and assistance
remains available; simply call us at 360-574-3058 or e-mail us.
As always, your suggestions for what you'd like to see in a continuously
improving business assistance program are welcome.
Small Business Gateway
The EPA's Small Business Gateway offers a centralized location
from which to access a wide range of environmental information
and technical assistance resources. The Frequently Answered Questions
page covers such questions as obtaining permits, registering pesticides,
and what do in the event of an environmental emergency. This site
also provides links to contacts for compliance and technical assistance,
to the laws and regulations affecting your business, and to environmental
programs that can help you save money and improve profits.
The Small Business Ombudsman
The Office of the Small Business Ombudsman serves as an effective
conduit for small businesses to access EPA and facilitates communications
between the small business community and the Agency. The Office
reviews and resolves disputes with EPA and works with EPA personnel
to increase their understanding of small businesses in the development
and enforcement of environmental regulations. The home page links
to publications, frequently asked questions, and the small business
environmental home page.
Energy Saving Tips for Small Businesses
This informative site, offered by the U.S. Department of Energy,
walks small businesses through the energy efficient steps they
can take to save money. In addition to quick tips, they have provided
detailed information about how to implement your own long-term
energy conservation efforts, where to turn for expert assistance,
numerous creative financing options, and a list of further references
and sources. They also ask for stories of energy savings, so as
to share them with other small businesses.
California Air Resources Board Business Assistance Program
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has developed a business
assistance program to help all businesses understand air pollution
requirements. The site offers business assistance materials as
well as information on pollution prevention, information on their
air pollution training courses, and compliance materials. Not
only does this site aid California businesses, but it also provides
a thorough listing of many other state Small Business Assistance
Programs available on the Internet.
Zia Environmental Excellence Program
The Green Zia Environmental Excellence Program is a voluntary
program designed to assist all New Mexico businesses, large and
small, achieve environmental excellence through continuous environmental
improvement. The program encourages the establishment of a prevention-based
environmental management system. The site presents technical tools
for integrating pollution prevention strategies, as well as guidelines
for measuring its effectiveness. The Governor of New Mexico makes
recognitions and awards annually to organizations that successfully
participate in the program.
Small Business Environmental Home Page
This site is sponsored by the US EPA and
maintained by Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), a nonprofit
organization committed to assisting industry and government improve
the quality of their products and services. They designed this
site to act as a clearinghouse for information on achieving environmental
regulatory compliance and for obtaining funding assistance for
eligible businesses. They also offer a comprehensive inventory
of online publications and fact sheets and a catalog of guidance
and demonstration videos for an array of industries.