A Massachusetts College: Air Compliance and Permitting Support

 In response to a notice of noncompliance issued by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP), a Massachusetts college requested that GeoInsight assist with air emissions compliance matters associated with their emergency generators.  Response actions included confirming compliance with the exhaust stack requirements outlined in the MADEP air compliance regulations (310 CMR 7) and associated MADEP Environmental Results Program (ERP) guidance documents.  The MADEP requires that the exhaust stacks from the generators discharge the gases vertically and be configured to minimize emission impacts to sensitive receptors (i.e., people, windows and doors that open, and building fresh air intakes). 


GeoInsight conducted reconnaissance activities at multiple campus locations to assess stack configurations of more than 50 generator installations and provide recommendations for compliance.  In addition, air modeling was completed to evaluate the potential for the generators to cause a “condition of pollution” and determine the type of stack configurations that are required to comply with the new United Stated Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) 1-hour nitrous dioxide (NO2) emissions limitations. As a further step to assist colleges throughout Massachusetts, GeoInsight staff met with the MADEP air regulators to discuss the implications of applying ERP guidance standards to generators that are exempt from the current regulation and requested that MADEP provide clarification and guidance regarding compliance for older generator installations.  GeoInsight also is completing Title V permit modifications and other air emissions support projects associated with these campus locations. 

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