Additional Air Quailty Considerations
Your small business may not need an air quality permit. Have you ever considered the following?
- Visible Emissions
- Harmful vapors released from chemicals & solvents used
- National emission standards
- Required recordkeeping for miscellaneous air quality emissions
- Air quality complaints from neighbors
These are all very important considerations for your small business that EMAP can help you work through.
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)
The Clean Air Act requires EPA to establish emission standards for certain categories, or subcategories, of major and area sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs).
Pennsylvania DEP received delegation from EPA for certain NESHAPs that affect small businesses which includes:
Air Emissions Testing
Often at times, small businesses may be required to do stack testing for particular pieces of operational equipment (such as boilers or diesel engines) or pollution control equipment (catalytic converters, air scrubbers, dust control, etc.) to verify compliance with air quality permit conditions and compliance status.
DEP’s Source Testing section contains relevant information on how testing should be conducted and how results should be reported.
Small businesses and independent contractors often have questions related to regulations for the removal, collection, transportation, and disposal of asbestos and asbestos-containing materials.
Here are some asbestos resources to note:
Lead based paint and lead dust are often environmental and air quality issues that small businesses may encounter.
- Small Entity Compliance Guide to Renovate Right – EPA’s Lead-based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting Program handbook
- EPA Resource page for Lead
City of Philadelphia:
According to the Pennsylvania Code Chapter 123.41, a person (or small business operation) may not produce visible emissions in such a manner that the opacity of the emissions is either one of the following:
- Equal to, or greater than, 20% for a period(s) lasting more than 3 minutes in any 1 hour.
- Equal to, or greater than, 60% at any time.
Visible emissions from small business facilities and operations quite often trigger a neighbor complaint which may result in a DEP inspection.
According to the Pennsylvania Code Chapter 123.31, a person (or small business operation) may not produce airborne malodor contaminants from any source in such a way that the odor emissions are detectable outside the property of the small business facility whose land the source is being operated.
Quite often, these malodors will often trigger a neighbor complaint which may result in a DEP inspection at your small business facility and operation.