The Air & Waste Management Association’s latest webinar The Dirt on PM2.5: Implementation and Issues in 2012 and Beyond
will take place on November 16, 2012 from 1:00-3:00 PM EST. This webinar will provide an up-to-date summary of the major issues being addressed in the PM2.5 New Source Review program, at both the federal and state levels and from both the regulated and regulator community.
The presenters will also discuss what the upcoming election could mean for the PM2.5 New Source Review program. Since implementation of the New Source Review program is still in the formative stage (states are still working on attainment plans to submit to the EPA and the EPA is still working to address modeling and other issues), the Presidential election results will likely signal either a continuation of the current policies on PM2.5 or a potential change in direction of these efforts.
Issues This Webinar Will Explore:
Although the first PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) was promulgated more than a decade ago, EPA had, until 2009, allowed use of PM10 as a surrogate for PM2.5 in conducting the analyses required for PSD and nonattainment area permits. The panel will discuss the problems and progress associated with implementing the program.
Implementation of the PM2.5 requirements has been fragmented at best and a number of issues still remain. Among the issues:
- The possibility of new, more stringent, PM2.5 NAAQS even before the attainment plans are in place for the current NAAQS
- How to model and otherwise address PM2.5 precursors
- Whether emissions trading of precursors for PM2.5 direct emissions will be feasible
- How nonattainment New Source Review (NSR) requirements, such as Lowest Achievable Emissions Rate (LAER), will apply to precursors SO2 and NOx
- What the new Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) increment dates mean and how they affect permitting in attainment areas