The Emission Reduction Credit Program was created in 1999 to facilitate construction permitting for major sources that undergo nonattainment New Source Review (NSR) permitting in the thirteen county Atlanta nonattainment area or BACT + offset permitting in the 32 county area surrounding the Atlanta nonattainment area. Sources that voluntarily reduce emissions in the affected counties may certify and "bank" these reductions as Emission Reduction Credits (ERC's) for future use by themselves or others. The nonattainment NSR and BACT + offsets permitting requirements cited above are intended to help the Atlanta area achieve compliance with the federal standard for ground-level ozone by regulating the emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) which contribute to ground-level ozone formation.
State Contacts Emission Reduction Credit Banking Program
For questions relating to the emissions reduction credit banking program, nitrogen oxides (NOx) rules and volatile organic compounds (VOC) rules contact the Manager of the Stationary Source Permitting Program.