Air Quality Regulatory Updates

Air Quality Regulatory Updates

Pulp & Paper

Service Area:
Environmental Program Management

Client's Challenge

Providing air quality regulatory updates from a corporate level to 30 plus Mills to ensure a transfer of current knowledge and overall consistency in the company’s approach to air quality requirements.

ALL4's Solution

ALL4 worked with the corporate group to develop and conduct a comprehensive one day air quality training program that covered the following topics:

  • NSPS
  • Major New Source Review
  • Air Quality Modeling
  • Project Planning

The Results

ALL4 prepared and conducted a one day air quality training program that was given to environmental managers and other environmental staff from over 30 Mills.  Since the pulp and paper industry is heavily regulated, the environmental staff at the Mills are very knowledgeable about air quality regulatory requirements and ongoing reporting obligations.  Therefore, to be valuable the training had to be focused on recent changes to requirements and reminders on issues that aren’t frequently encountered in the day-to-day permitting activities at the Mills.  ALL4 covered the following topics in the training:

  • National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and Air Dispersion Modeling Requirements:  As more facilities are required to perform dispersion modeling related to the new NAAQS levels, air dispersion modeling has become a driver for high level decision making at Mills.  The training covered the basics of dispersion modeling and the information that environmental staff need to be aware of in making big picture decisions based on dispersion modeling results.
  • Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS):  The training focused on recent changes to regulations impacting the industry and their implications to the operations of the Mills.
  • New Source Review (NSR) Permitting:  The training provided a refresher on evaluating NSR applicability and major permitting requirements, with a focus on those projects that would typically “fly under the radar” at a complicated facility such as a pulp and paper Mill.

The end result of the project was a focused, customized air quality training program that served as a refresher course for experienced individuals, a knowledge transfer to those new to the environmental arena, and a venue that encouraged dialogue between environmental staff and consistency in the way the Mills were approaching air quality issues.


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