What is the Purpose of this Program?
The purpose of the Air Quality Registration Program is to develop and maintain a current and accurate record of air contaminant sources. Information collected through the registration program is used to evaluate the effectiveness of air pollution control strategies and to verify source compliance with applicable air pollution regulations. Sources pay a fee based on how much they pollute and are inspected to ensure proper operation annually up to every three years, depending on the amount emitted by the source.
Who issues this Program?
Department of Ecology
What Activities Require this Program?
A source which is listed under the source classification list in Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173-400-100 or emits more air pollutants than the levels identified in either WAC 173-400-102(5) or WAC 173-460-150 and operates within the following counties: Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, and San Juan. All other counties are under the jurisdiction of local clean air agencies.
How Much Will this Program Cost?
Most air contaminant sources are classified as periodic sources. Periodic sources pay an annual fee of $450, $700, or $1,000 per year, based on the most currently reported emissions, and are inspected and inventoried at least once every three years. Larger air contaminant sources are classified as annual sources. Annual sources pay annual fees ranging from $1,700 to $5,000 and are inventoried and inspected every year. Small sources that are exempt due to their emissions do not pay any annual fees or have routine reporting or inspection requirements.
Do I Need to Include Anything with my Application?
Is the Decision on my Program Dependent on Anything Besides the Information in my Application?
How Long Will it Take to Review my Application?Not applicable.
Where do I Submit my Application?
Contact the appropriate regional office for more information:
How Long is my Program Valid?
Registration Duration: Lifetime of the business or industry. See notes/comments on Inspection Frequency.
What is the Appeal Process for the Program?
There is no formal appeal process. However, if a business or industry believes there is an error with the emissions data used to determine their registration category, they should contact Ecology immediately upon receipt of their fee invoice.
Notes / Comments:There is no application.
Inspection Frequency: The Air Quality Program will conduct an initial inspection at all new and existing minor sources of air contaminants. Periodic air contaminant sources will normally be inspected every three (3) years. Annual air contaminant sources will normally be inspected every year.
Air Quality Program
300 Desmond Drive
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
Telephone: (360) 407-6800
Fax: (360) 407-7534
* Permit information last updated 12/14/2012.
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