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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 23-851



Proposed General Plan Approval and/or General Operating Permit for Coal-Mine Methane Enclosed Flares (BAQ-GPA/GP-21); Public Comment Opportunity; (2700-PM-BAQ0xxx)

[53 Pa.B. 3476]
[Saturday, July 1, 2023]

 The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) announces the opportunity for public comment on the proposed General Plan Approval and/or General Operating Permit for Coal-Mine Methane Enclosed Flares (BAQ-GPA/GP-21).

 Notice of availability of related documents and opportunity to submit comments for GP-21 will be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin and in six newspapers of general circulation and sent to nearby states and the United States Environmental Protection Agency in full compliance with 25 Pa. Code § 127.612(a) (relating to public notice and review period).

 The proposed GP-21 was developed under the authority of section 6.1(f) of the Air Pollution Control Act (35 P.S. § 4006.1(f)) and 25 Pa. Code Chapter 127, Subchapter H (relating to general plan approvals and operating permits) and will be applicable and limited to emissions from coal-mine methane enclosed flares.

 The general permit includes Best Available Technology requirements to meet emission limits for oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and carbon monoxide (CO).

 The general permit includes initial and periodic scheduled visible emissions monitoring. The general permit also includes monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting requirements designed to keep the facility operating within all applicable Federal and State air quality requirements, such as: records of maintenance performed, municipal notifications, malfunction reporting and annual facility inventory reporting. Records required must be maintained onsite or at the nearest local field office for a minimum of 5 years. The general permit includes a General Plan Approval and General Operating Permit application fee of $2,900 required to authorize the construction and operation of sources. The general permit also includes a renewal fee of $1,125, an annual operating permit maintenance fee of $500, a transfer of ownership fee of $500 and an administrative amendment fee of $500. The term for the general permit is 5 years and authorization can be renewed before the expiration date.

 Relevant documents are available on the Department's web site at or by contacting David Clark, P.O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105, (717) 772-3942,

 The Department must receive comments no later than August 15, 2023. Commentators are encouraged to submit comments using the Department's eComment system at or by e-mail to ecomment@ Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted. Comments, including comments submitted by e-mail, must include the commentator's name and address. Written comments may be mailed to the Policy Office, Department of Environmental Protection, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063. Use ''Proposed GP-21'' as the subject line in written communication.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 23-851. Filed for public inspection June 30, 2023, 9:00 a.m.]

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