AWC: NSR Project Aggregation action lifts red tape

Nov 07, 2018

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President & CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding the Administration’s ending its reconsideration and lifting the stay on the 2009 New Source Review (NSR) project aggregation interpretative rule. The action from Acting EPA Administrator Wheeler clarifies when projects are substantially related for their emissions to be added together for permitting purposes.

“Until today, it’s become standard practice that multiple projects’ emissions needed to be aggregated in the permitting process, leading to inappropriate reviews, delays and expenses.

“Wood products manufacturers are continually making capital investments to keep systems operating smoothly and properly. These improvement projects are most often completely independent of each other, but aggregation for NSR permitting had simply become the practice for any group of projects occurring close together in time. Today’s action returns the NSR permit program to its statutory foundation while maintaining core environmental protections.

“EPA has completed the process of returning project aggregation policies to the former approach as outlined in the 2009 rule. We thank the Agency for clarifying permitting obligations and lifting some unnecessary red tape.”