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Air emissions are emitted from point sources (large stationary such as fossil fuel fired power plants, smelters, industrial boilers, petroleum refineries, and manufacturing facilities) and non-point (area, on-road mobile, non-road mobile, and biogenic) sources. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) authorizes these types of emissions


Types of New Source Review Authorizations

  • Permits by Rule
    Facilities that will not make a significant contribution of air contaminants to the atmosphere if operated or constructed with certain restrictions.
  • Standard Permits
    Standard permits are authorized under Chapter 116, Subchapter F, and are issued one of two ways, by the commission.
  • Permits to Construct
    Describes what type of permit is needed before construction can begin, and provides links to those permits, which provide forms and any guidance available.
  • Portable Permit Relocation and Change of Locations
    Portable permits contain “relocation conditions” which typically contain control requirements and future site authorization instructions for seeking approval from the appropriate regional office and distance limitations.
  • Flexible Permits
    A flexible permit allows an operator more flexibility in managing his operations by staying under an overall emissions cap or individual emission limitation.


Air Operating Permits (Title V)

  • Temporary Operating Permit

An owner/operator of a temporary source may apply for a TOP per 30 TAC Section 122.204.  A temporary source is defined as a source which changes location to another site at least once during any five year period. A single permit may be issued authorizing similar operations by the same temporary source at multiple temporary locations. An affected unit subject to acid rain permit requirements pursuant to 40 CFR Part 72 will be permitted as a temporary source.


  • General Operating Permit

A General Operating Permit (GOP) provides a streamlined application and permitting process for sites that are similar in terms of operations, emission units, and applicable requirements. These GOPs provide an alternative permitting mechanism under 30 TAC Chapter 122.

Four Oil and Gas (SIC codes 1311, 1321, 4922 and 4923) General Operating Permits GOP 511GOP 512GOP 513 and GOP 514 were developed according to a given counties attainment/non-attainment status. GOP 517 (SIC code 4953) for municipal solid waste landfills covers all counties in the State of Texas. GOP 518 authorizes Title V major or minor, permanent and temporary source air curtain incinerators (both fireboxes and trench burners) used for the disposal of 100 percent wood waste, 100 percent clean lumber, or 100 percent mixture of only wood waste and/or clean lumber and that are authorized by the air curtain incinerator permit by rule (GOP 518).

Sites authorized by case-by-case new source review (NSR) permits do not qualify for a GOP. To qualify for a GOP, sites need to be authorized by standard permits and/or permits-by-rule. Authorizations other than standard permits and/or permits-by-rule are considered case-by-case authorizations. Out of compliance units do not qualify for a GOP. Other qualification criteria can be found in the GOPs. Additionally, from time to time, GOPs are revised, and, every five years, GOPs are renewed. GOP permit holders or owners/operators needing, and qualifying for, GOPs may need to submit a permit application to address changes due to revision or renewal of a GOP.

  • Site Operating Permit

A Site Operating Permit (SOP) is required for any site subject to the 30 TAC Chapter 122  and which does not qualify for GOP or TOP. Any site with an affected unit as defined in 40 CFR Part 72  subject to the Acid Rain Program is required to apply for a SOP.

Project Experience:

RSB has worked with multiple industries in Houston-Galveston area, helping them to obtain a first time permit or renewing current permits. One of our most recent projects relates to a facility located in Houston, SIC Code 3569 and 3559. The facility implemented a filter that captures 99.9% of the pollutants that their operations emits. The system will be operating more hours that what was permitted in the current permit. RSB environmental help them to update the permit by a minor & renewal application. Some of the documents submitted are:

  • PI-1R Form
  • Maximum Emissions calculations
  • Emissions Point Summary table
  • Plot Plan
  • Process flow diagrams
  • Site map

RSB Environmental is industry leader when it comes to Air Quality Permitting in Texas. See below typical Texas Air Permits Work Flow:

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RSB Environmental staff professionals have numerous years of expertise in providing the following services related to Air Quality Compliance/Permitting in Texas/Texas Air Permits/Air Emission Inventory/Greenhouse Gas Inventory :

  • Title V, PSD, NSR, NNSR, and Minor Source, and Air Permitting
  • NAAQS, Air Toxics, and Risk Assessment Air Dispersion Modeling
  • BACT, RACT, LAER, MACT Pollution Technology EvaluationAir Dispersion Modeling
  • Compliance Documentation, Certification, Tracking, and Auditing
  • Regulatory Applicability Determinations
  • Air Emission Inventory Reporting
  • Stack Testing Assistance
  • Risk Management Program and Process Safety Management Development
  • EPCRA Compliance Reporting
  • Data Management Systems Development
  • Greenhouse Gas Inventory and Emission Reduction Strategies
  • Air Emission Inventory
  • Owner/Operator Representation and Support for EPA & State Inspections
  • Compliance Auditing
  • New Source Performance Standards Reviews

Why choose RSB Environmental for your Texas air permitting Needs?

Here are a few of the many reasons to choose RSB Environmental:

  • Professional Service
  • Licensed Engineering Firm
  • Fast Turnaround
  • Competitive Pricing
  • $1M Professional Liability Insurance
  • Completed thousands of PBRs, NSR, Emissions Inventories with TCEQ

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RSB has conducted numerous Air Quality projects in the State of Texas. Please feel free to call us at (832) 291 3473 or email at info@rsbenv.com to get a site specific price for your property.

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