Generic Air Permits are authorized under the Georgia Rules for Air Quality Control at 391-3-1-.03(12) and are defined at 391-3-1-.01(ff).
Georgia EPD has a number of Generic Air Permits under development for various industrial categories and has approved Generic Air Permits for the industries below. A copy of the approved permits and supporting documents are available below.
Currently Approved Generic Air Permits
Concrete Batch Plant - Minor Source
Concrete Batch Plant - Synthetic Minor Source
Hot Mix Asphalt Plant - Synthetic Minor Source
In order for a facility to be permitted under a Generic Air Permit, the facility must submit an application using the appropriate forms and must obtain a signed and dated Generic Air Permit from EPD. The applicant must submit the Application Supplement Form, which is available above, along with the relevant forms from the Georgia SIP Air Permit application. The Application Supplement Form states exactly which sections of the Georgia SIP Air Permit application need to be completed.
New facilities typically go through a 30 day public notification process before a permit is issued. If there are no adverse public comments, then an applicant should expect to receive the permit within 60 days after submittal of the application. If adverse public comments are received, the permit may be delayed until the comments are addressed. After approval, the applicant will receive a signed and dated copy of the Generic Air Permit along with a transmittal letter. The transmittal letter is important because it contains specific information that the facility needs to maintain; including the facility AIRS Number (unique facility identifier), the permit application number, the facility name, and the facility location.
Benefits from Generic Air Permits
We expect that the development and implementation of Generic Air Permits for certain industrial source categories will result in the following benefits:
- Industry will receive their permit faster and with more consistency.
- EPD will spend less resources permitting these source categories, allowing us to focus our resources on higher priority areas (sources with more emissions and/or more complex regulatory issues).
- Industry (as well as EPD inspectors and the public) will have better knowledge and understanding of the permit requirements.
- Increased consistency across industry for similar sources.
- No decrease in environmental protection even though permitting resources are reduced.