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DEP Proposes To Exempt Certain Drilling Activities From Air Quality Permits

The Department of Environmental Protection is re-proposing a list of exemptions from air quality permits for comment that includes certain oil and gas exploration and production operations and the operators of certain engines.
            The proposed change will be published in the May 29 PA Bulletin as policy No. 275-2101-003 and will be subject to a 30-day comment period.
            DEP is re-proposing the Exemption List because of the substantial revisions made in response to comments submitted to the department following publication in the PA Bulletin of proposed revisions on November 22, 2008 (38 Pa.B. 6424).  
            Based on the comments received from 29 commentators, DEP is proposing revisions to the document including an exemption pertaining to oil and gas exploration and production facilities and operations at Category No. 38.  The owners and operators of engines not meeting the requirements identified in Category No. 38 are required to submit a request for determination (RFD) to the department.  If the RFD is not approved by DEP, an application seeking authorization to use a general permit or plan approval must be submitted to the appropriate DEP regional office.
            DEP encourages interested parties are encouraged to obtain and review a complete copy of the proposed changes to the Exemption List. 
            For additional information contact 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, telephone 717-787-4325, or send email to: jvanskike@state.pa.us.  


5/31/2010

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