Does your facility require permitting for air borne-pollution? Your operation may be affected by impending changes in the way that air permits are issued in the State of California.
Most operational restrictions listed on air permits in California are driven by the results of the Health Risk Assessment (HRA) that was completed at the time of the permit application. The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is about to revise the rules of the HRAs. The public comment period on the proposed revisions ended on August 18. OEHHA’s proposal would change the way HRAs are performed, resulting in a potential for higher risks. In most cases, the residential risk will increase three-fold. As a result, air permits for operations releasing listed toxics will likely be harder to get, require more stringent controls, and come with more restrictions.
If you’d like to discuss these changes in HRA rules, and how they may affect your air permitting requirements, please us at (562) 495-5777.