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Air Quality Permitting

The Division of Air Quality maintains an air permitting database.  The database contains data on all currently active operating and recent construction permits, facility location information, as well as contact information for the permittee.
 
Records contained in the database can be viewed on-line and printed by following the links above. The user can also generate and download record reports in the following formats: MS Excel, MS Word, and Adobe PDF.  Facilities listed in the database include those with general permits and minor sources, synthetic minor sources, and Title V sources. Additionally, most permit records include a link to a PDF of the permit document (including attachments for Title V sources).  A PDF of an example general permit for a grain elevator can be found here.
 
Note that the Air Quality permitting database is very large and the reports will contain an extensive number of records. For more information or questions concerning the Air Quality database contact the North Dakota Department of Health at 701.328.5188. For information or questions related to Construction Permitting, call 701.328.5188 or email Craig Thorstenson. Questions related to a specific Operating Permit should be directed to the State Air Quality Contact for a given facility (name provided in the database table). For general Operating Permit questions, call 701.328.5188 or email Lew Dendy.

 

Air Pollution Control Permit to Construct

Purpose

The Permit to Construct process provides for the review of proposed sources or proposed modifications to existing sources of air contaminants. A Permit to Construct is issued only if it is expected that the proposed source or modification will comply with the applicable rules.

Permit-To-Construct Fees

Fees are assessed in accordance with Section 33-15-23-02. A filing fee of $150 must be submitted with the permit application. An additional processing fee, based on processing costs that would exceed $150, will be billed to the applicant.

Checks can be made out to the North Dakota Department of Health - Division of Air Quality.

Permit to Construct Required

A Permit to Construct is required for any new stationary source, or modification to an existing source, within a source category designated in Section 33-15-14-01. Sources that are exempt from obtaining a Permit to Construct are listed in Section 33-15-14-02.13.

Construction May Not Begin Before a Permit Is Issued

No construction, installation or establishment of a new stationary source may commence unless the owner or operator has filed an application for and received a Permit to Construct in accordance with Chapter 33-15-14.

Construction, installation or establishment means:

  1. For sources subject to a standard or requirement under chapters 33-15-13, 33-15-15 (excluding increment consumption by  non-major sources), and 33-15-22, it shall have the meaning given for construction in each of the respective chapters.

  2. For all other sources it means the placement or erection - including fabrication, demolition or modification - of an air contaminant emissions unit and any equipment, process, or structure that will be used to reduce, physically or chemically change, or transmit to the atmosphere any air contaminant. This does not include the building that houses the source, site work, foundations or other equipment that does not affect the amount, ambient concentration or type of air contaminants that are emitted. With respect to a physical change or a change in the method of operation, it means those onsite activities which will affect an existing emissions unit or establishment of a new unit that emits to the atmosphere.

Application Process

  1. The application package is received by the Department and reviewed for completeness.

    NOTE:
    At the very minimum, an application should include the following items:

    1. A written description of the proposed project and the facility including site diagrams (if a physical change is proposed) and applicable process descriptions and technical specifications.

    2. A summary of Criteria Pollutant emissions from the project with calculation method stated.

    3. A summary of Hazardous Air Pollutant emissions and compliance with the State Air Toxics Policy.

    4. A written section addressing Title V and PSD applicability.

    5. A summary of state and federal rule applicability including a listing of any NSPS and NESHAP subparts that apply.

    6. A statement addressing any dispersion modeling requirements for Criteria Pollutants or Air Toxics and the inclusion of any required modeling analysis with a complete method description in accordance with the State Air Quality Analysis Guide or Department guidance.

    7. All Applicable Air Quality Permit Application forms.

    8. The Permit to Construct filing fee payment.

      Completeness is determined on a case by case basis, and to be deemed complete, a given project application may require other information in addition to the items listed above.

  2. If the application is incomplete, the applicant will be notified of the deficiencies. If the application is complete, the technical review will begin.  

  3. After review, the Department will issue or deny the permit.

  4. The Permit to Construct may include conditions for compliance testing, monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting. If the conditions of the permit to construct are satisfied, a Permit to Operate will be issued for the source. See Permit to Operate section.

    NOTE:  Electric-Driven natural gas compressor stations have special permitting considerations.  Please see the attached memo for the conditions required for submitting a permit request for an electric-driven compressor.  Electric Compressor Policy.

Public Notification and Participation

A 30-day public comment period is required for:

  1. Affected facilities under Chapter 33-15-13, Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants.

  2. New sources that will be required to obtain a Permit to Operate under the Title V Permit Program.

  3. Modifications to an existing facility that will increase the potential to emit from the facility by the following amounts:

  • One hundred tons [90.72 metric tons] per year or more of particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide or volatile organic compounds; or

  • Ten tons [9.07 metric tons] per year or more of any contaminant listed under section 112(b) of the Federal Clean Air Act; or

  • Twenty-five tons [22.68 metric tons] per year or more of any combination of contaminants listed under section 112(b) of the Federal Clean Air Act; or

  1. Sources that the Department has determined to have a major impact on air quality, a request for a public comment period has been received, a significant degree of public interest exists or those sources that request a federally enforceable permit which limits their potential to emit.

Dispersion Modeling

Dispersion modeling for criteria pollutants may be required prior to issuance of a Permit to Construct in accordance with the Criteria Pollutant Modeling Requirements for a Permit to Construct.  For facilities with compressor engines and glycol dehydration units, dispersion modeling may be required in accordance with the Dispersion Modeling Requirements for Compressor Engines and Glycol Dehydration Units.  Further information on the dispersion modeling process and requirements can be found on the dispersion modeling page.

Consultant List

A consultant list is maintained by the Department.  Consultants wishing to be placed on the list should contact the North Dakota Department of Health at 701-328-5188.

Time It Will Take To Obtain a Permit To Construct

Because the permitting process can be very detailed and can include public participation, it can take from three months to one year to obtain a Permit to Construct. Therefore, plan to submit your application well before the proposed installation and start-up date of the source.

Who Is Responsible for Obtaining a Permit

The owner or operator of the source that will be installed or modified is ultimately responsible for obtaining the permit to construct.

Forms

Standard permit application forms are available from the Division of Air Quality.

Click Here for Air Pollution Control Permit to Construct Application Forms.

Questions may be addressed to the North Dakota Department of Health at 701.328.5188, or email Craig Thorstenson.

 

Air Pollution Control Permit To Operate

 

Permit To Operate Required

A Permit to Operate is required for the routine operation of an installation or source designated in Section 33-15-14-01.  Those sources that received a Permit to Construct under Section 33-15-14-02 need to submit notification to the Department within 15 days after the date of initial startup to satisfy the requirement to apply for a Permit to Operate. The Permit to Operate is then issued after the conditions of the Permit to Construct have been satisfied. For those sources that were not issued a Permit to Construct (i.e., portable sources), an application for a Permit to Operate must be made on forms (same as the Permit to Construct application forms) supplied by the Department prior to initiating operations.  Click Here for Application Forms

Types of Permits To Operate

  1. Minor Source Permit To Operate - Sources that have the potential to emit less than 100 ton/yr of a criteria pollutant or less than 10 ton/yr of any hazardous air pollutant or less than 25 ton/yr of any combination of hazardous air pollutants.

  2. Synthetic Minor Source Permit To Operate - Sources that have the potential to emit 100 ton/yr or greater of a criteria pollutant, 10 ton/yr or greater of any hazardous air pollutant, or 25 ton/yr or greater of any combination of hazardous air pollutants, and the permittee accepts a federally enforceable limit in the Permit to Operate that limits the potential to emit to the same criteria specified for a minor source.

  3. General Permit to Operate - A general Permit to Operate may be issued to cover numerous similar sources (i.e. grain elevators).

  4. Title V Permit to Operate - Sources that emit 100 ton/yr or greater of a criteria pollutant or 10 ton/yr of a hazardous air pollutant or 25 tons/yr or greater of any combination of hazardous air pollutants. In addition, any source in a source category designated by the administrator of the United States EPA also is required to obtain a Title V permit. Sources that require a Title IV Acid Rain Permit are issued the Title IV permit with the Title V Permit to Operate.

Important Note: Sources that have received a Permit to Construct and require a Title V Permit to Operate or Title V permit revision must file a complete Title V application within 12 months after commencing operation.  Click Here for Title IV and Title V Forms and Supporting Information

Public Participation/Administrative Review

Public participation (30-day comment period) is required prior to issuing synthetic minor permits under the Minor Source Permit to Operate Program and Title V Permit to Operate Program. Title V Permits to Operate also require a 45-day review period by EPA.

Fees

Annual fees for a Permit to Operate are detailed in Chapter 33-15-23.

Questions may be addressed to the North Dakota Department of Health at 701.328.5188, or email Lew Dendy.

Permit to Operate Renewal Procedure

Minor Source :

Existing permits contain a condition that requires that an application for renewal be submitted to the Department no later than ninety days prior to the expiration date. As a courtesy, the Department typically sends a renewal reminder notice approximately 4 months prior to the permit expiration date. Non-receipt of this notice does not absolve a permittee of any renewal requirements.  The notice will include a copy of the renewal application form (SFN-60242) and a copy of the existing permit. The renewal application form is also available on the Department website at http://www.ndhealth.gov/AQ/AirForms.htm.

To complete a renewal application, a permittee must review the existing permit and accomplish the following:

  1. Verify all administrative entries in Items 1 through 4 of the existing permit and all source unit information in Item 6.  Line out incorrect entries on the copy of the permit provided (or a similar copy), and enter the correct information to include changes in address, location, items of equipment, processes, etc.  Use additional sheets as necessary.

  2. Review the conditions of the permit listed in Item 7.  Any questions about the conditions should be noted directly on the permit or on additional sheets.

  3. Complete and sign the "Permit Renewal Application" form.

  4. Return the signed Permit Renewal Application form and the copy of the existing permit with any changes annotated to the Department at the following address:

                                                              North Dakota Department of Health

                                                              Division of Air Quality

                                                              918 E. Divide Avenue, 2nd Floor

                                                              Bismarck, ND 58501-1947

     

Any questions about this process should be directed to the current air quality permit manager for your facility (as is identified on the renewal notice from the Department), or contact the Department at (701)328-5188.

 

Title V (Major) Source :

A permit renewal application for a Title V (Major) source must be submitted at least six months, but no more than eighteen months prior to the expiration date for the permit. As a courtesy, the Department typically sends a renewal reminder notice approximately 1 year prior to the permit expiration date. Non-receipt of this notice does not absolve a permittee of any renewal requirements.  The notice will include a copy of the renewal application form (SFN-60242) and a copy of the existing permit. The renewal application form is also available on the Department website at http://www.ndhealth.gov/AQ/AirForms.htm.

Return the signed Permit Renewal Application form and the enclosed permit with any changes or corrections to the Department at the following address:

                                                         North Dakota Department of Health

                                                         Division of Air Quality

                                                         918 E. Divide Avenue, 2nd Floor

                                                         Bismarck, ND 58501-1947

Also, send a copy of the permit renewal application to EPA Region 8 at:

                                                          Director, Air & Radiation Program (8P-AR)

                                                          U.S. EPA - Region 8

                                                          1595 Wynkoop Street

                                                          Denver, CO 80202-1129

Permit renewals are subject to the same procedural requirements, including those for public participation, affected state and the United States Environmental Protection Agency review, that apply to initial permit issuance.  For Acid Rain sources, the renewal package submitted must also contain the applicable Title IV Acid Rain forms.

Any questions about this process should be directed to the current air quality permit manager for your facility (as is identified on the renewal notice from the Department), or contact the Department at (701)328-5188.