Change is in the Air-- EPA's New Source Review Regulations Targeted for Reform

presented by Trinity Consultants

March 22, 2018
King of Prussia, PA

EPA has identified New Source Review (NSR) Reform as a top priority under this administration. NSR permitting is the federal permitting program aimed at ensuring that the construction and modification of major industrial sources does not significantly impact air quality. The agency intends to consider reforms that will simplify the NSR permitting process, improve the timeliness of permit issuance and facilitate permitting flexibility. On December 7, 2017, the EPA issued its first policy memo on the subject related to use of projected actual emissions in NSR applicability analyses.

Please join Trinity Consultants and guest speakers, Kevin Sunday, Director of Government Affairs, PA Chamber and Bart Cassidy, Partner and Air Quality/Complex Industry Regulatory Practice Group Lead at Manko, Gold, Katcher and Fox for a complimentary luncheon to discuss NSR Reform on March 22, 2018 at 11:30 am (King of Prussia location TBD). Mike Remsberg, the Managing Director of Trinity's Eastern Region and a consultant with extensive NSR experience, will also join our panel of experts and Wendy Merz will facilitate the discussion. Together, they will provide insight on the issues associated with NSR permitting and potential reforms from a business, technical, and legal perspective.

Specifically, during the luncheon we will:

  • Provide a brief overview of NSR and its complexities which contribute to the high cost and uncertainty of obtaining a preconstruction permit for major projects;
  • Hear from Kevin Sunday about his testimony at the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing on "New Source Review Permitting challenges for Manufacturing and Infrastructure" on February 14, 2018;
  • Discuss the implications of the EPA's December policy memo and other policy shifts and possible reforms which may be under consideration by the EPA as well as the potential implications for facilities hoping to take advantage of the current regulatory climate.
  • Review various technical areas of NSR rules and guidance that may be ripe for reform in 2018 and 2019.

The collective goal is to engage with industry professionals responsible for permitting at major sources. The panel will encourage open, interactive discussions and Q&A with attendees on how this policy change will realistically impact future expansion project planning and permitting efforts.