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Regulatory Alert – September 2017

Aegis Environmental, Inc. extends this brief update of pertinent news and regulatory compliance requirements: Air Quality Virginia DEQ Proposes Significant Increases to Air Permit and Emissions Fees Virginia DEQ is proposing significant increases to permit and emissions fees in 2018 and beyond.  As examples, the following are proposed for 2018: Major NSR permit application fee of $63,000 (in 2017, this fee is $31,894 on the Application Fee Form), Title V permit renewal application fee of $15,000 (in 2017, $10,631), Minor NSR permit application for synthetic minor sources $3,000 (in 2017, $531).  Therefore, if you have a Title V renewal or NSR permitting activity coming up, you could save significantly on permit application fees if you submit your application (and don’t amend your application) prior to the end of 2017.  The proposed regulation can be found here beginning on Page 2198: http://register.dls.virginia.gov/vol33/iss20/v33i20.pdf.  The proposed increases received no comments during the comment period, and are now moving forward to the Air Pollution Control Board for consideration of adopting the revised fees.  For more information, please contact Kelly Bonds at kbonds@aegisenv.com.   VA DEQ SIP Revision for PM2.5 The Virginia DEQ has proposed a SIP revision to implement PM2.5 based on the EPA Rule August 24, 2016.  The public comment period will be open from September 4, 2017 – October 4, 2017. For more information, see the DEQ post: http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Portals/0/DEQ/Air/PublicNotices/Drafts/a17pro.pdf?ver=2017-08-11-110909-490. For more information, please contact Jessica Gunter at jgunter@aegisenv.com.   Water Quality Training Reminder Most facilities that have Industrial Activity will have a General Stormwater Permit, and therefore a Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) with annual training requirements.  If your facility has a certain quantity of oil, you may also have a SPCC Plan with annual training requirements. If you need any assistance with these, or other environmental trainings, please contact Lori Bonds at lbonds@aegisenv.com.   Changes to VA DEQ Underground Storage Tank (UST) Regulations In response to changing federal regulations, Virginia has updated their UST regulations, to become effective January 1, 2018.  No updates to UST Operator training are anticipated to be required by DEQ.  Changes, to include requirements in 40 CFR Part 280 include:   Secondary containment requirements for new and replaced tanks and piping; Compatibility requirements; Notification changes; Periodic operation, inspection and maintenance requirements for UST systems; UST systems deferred in the 1988 UST regulation; Inclusion of new release prevention and detection technologies; Updating codes of practice; and Editorial corrections...
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DEQ to Develop GHG Cap and Trade

Governor McAuliffe signed Directive 11 on May 16, 2017, which requires the Virginia DEQ to develop new regulations designed to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the power sector and to develop a cap and trade program.  DEQ must propose the regulations by December 31, 2017.  While the Directive does not require a specific reduction target, it does require that the regulations be comparably as stringent as those in states with programs with limits on GHG from the power...
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Balancing “Green” Energy and Bird Protection: Wind Turbines

Wind turbines have been used to create “green” energy to minimize air pollutants associated with more traditional combustion fuel based energy.  However, the positive effects for air quality have been somewhat tempered by the substantial negative effects on birds: killing an estimated 140,00-328,00 birds each year in North America.  Engineers and scientists are working together to improve designs (including a new vortex design that basically eliminates the external turbine blades responsible for killing birds: https://www.wired.com/2015/05/future-wind-turbines-no-blades/).  While many of these are experimental (http://www.audubon.org/news/will-wind-turbines-ever-be-safe-birds), the future success of wind turbines depends on balancing the need for sustainable, green energy against the need to protect...
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Virginia Nutrients Pollution Trade

Virginia is working to allocate nutrient loads to allow for new business while maintaining the improvements in the health of the Chesapeake Bay that have been in progress for so many years. A new paper plant has brought the complexity of the issue to the foreground. Read in the Bay Journal here https://lnkd.in/d3JqQKf about how Virginia is working towards innovative...
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Aegis Opens South Carolina Office

Breaking News! – Aegis Environmental, Inc. announces the opening of its South Carolina office and the addition of Ms. Ginger Ellis.  Ginger brings 35 years of environmental experience and will fulfill the role of SC Director managing the Anderson, SC office. Visit the About tab for Ginger’s full professional biography.  
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Welcome, Nicole Schneiter

Aegis is excited to welcome a new member to our team: Nicole Schneiter joins us as a Project Scientist.  See our “About” page on the Aegis website www.aegisenv.com for more information about Nicole and her background.
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