Air Quality Bureau
›General Construction Permit Development - GCP6 (issued 1/14/14)
The Air Quality Bureau (AQB) has developed a GCP-6 as a voluntary permit for sources that would otherwise not require an air quality construction permit under 20.2.72 NMAC. This permit will protect the environment by placing federally enforceable emission limits for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) below the level these facilities would otherwise emit. The permit establishes an allowable emission limit for storage vessels and requires additional controls of other sources of VOC's that are not covered by 40 CFR Subpart OOOO. Link to Permit and Application forms
Benefits of the GCP-6 include:
- Reducing VOC emissions from hydrocarbon storage vessels throughout New Mexico;
- Increasing consistency in air quality permits by registering groups of sources with similar operations, processes, and emissions, and that are subject to similar requirements, eliminating the need to review, and issue custom permits for each facility; and
- Providing an additional permitting option for the regulated community.
›Permit application fees have been updated for Calendar year 2014. Make sure you are using the most current application forms.
The AQB Permitting Section processes permit applications for industries that emit pollutants to the air. The Permitting Section consists of three units, the Minor Source Unit, the Major Source Unit and the Technical Services Unit.
The Minor Source Unit
NSR Minor Source Permits & Modifications, Streamline Permits, Notice of Intent (NOI), & No Permit Required (NPR) Determinations
Minor Source Unit Manager: Lisa Spahr, 505-476-4303
|Industries that wish to build or modify facilities that emit air pollutants (emissions) into the air must obtain an air quality permit prior to constructing. Thus, these permits are called construction permits. These facilities are subject to and the associated construction permits are issued pursuant to the New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) regulation 20.2.72 NMAC and 20.2.74 NMAC.|
|NSR Minor Source Construction Permits|
Construction Permits are required for all sources with the potential emission rate greater than 10 pounds per hour, or 25 tons per year, of criteria pollutants (such as nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide). Air quality construction permits must be obtained for new or modified sources prior beginning construction.
Construction Permits for for new Title V (TV) major and new Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) major sources including modifications to existing TV and PSD sources should coordinate with and submit your permit application to the Major Source Unit manager, Ned Jerabek.
|Modifications to Minor Source NSR Construction Permits|
|The Minor Source Unit is responsible for issuing construction permits (sometimes referred to as NSR permits) and modifications to construction permits for minor sources only. It also issues minor revisions to construction permits called technical revisions.|
|The Minor Source Unit also issues several industry specific permits such as Streamline Permits (oil & gas compressor stations).|
|Notice of Intent (NOI)|
|Facilities that emit less pollutants than cited above still need to report their emissions to the Department if the facility emits more than 10 tons per year of any criteria pollutant. These facilities must be issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) prior to construction.|
|No Permit Required (NPR)|
|Facilities that emit less than 10 tons per year of any criteria pollutant do not need an air quality permit nor do they need a Notice of Intent. No permitting action is required of these facilities. If for their own purposes, these facilities would like a letter from the Department confirming their determination, they may request a No Permit Required (NPR) determination from the Department.|
The Major Source Unit
Title V (TV) Permits & Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permits
Major Source Unit Manager: Ned Jerabek , 505-476-4335
Title V Operating Permits
|Title V Operating Permits (under the Title V program) are required for major sources that have a potential to emit more than 100 tons per year for criteria pollutants, or for landfills greater than 2.5 million cubic meters (2.5 million-mg). In addition, TV major sources also include facilities that have the potential to emit greater than ten tons per year of a single Hazardous Air Pollutant, or 25 tons per year of any combination of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP). These facilities are subject to and the associated operating permits are issued pursuant to the New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC) regulation 20.2.70 NMAC.|
|Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permits|
|Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permits (subject to 20.2.74 NMAC) are required prior to construction or modification of sources subject to 20.2.74 NMAC.|
The Technical Services Unit
General Construction Permits (GCP), Relocation Approvals, Equipment Substitutions, Administrative Revisions, Permit Fees, Permit Assignments
Technical Services Unit Manager: Liz Bisbey-Kuehn , 505-476-4338
General Construction Permits
|Instead of a regular construction permit or a streamline permit, compressor stations may optionally apply for a GCP-1 or a GCP-4 permit. In lieu of obtaining a regular NSR permit (above), the construction materials industry may elect to obtain a GCP-2 permit (screens & rock crushers), a GCP-3 permit (asphalt plants), or a GCP-5 (concrete batch plants).|
Refer to "Do I Need a Permit?" for a more complete discussion on permitting requirements, types of permits, and general permitting guidance.
The following are links to typical permitting information requests:
Title V Operating Permit Monitoring Protocols
Permitting Issuance Statistics