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The interactive, online Regulation Navigation tools allow owners, operators, and other industry personnel to generally determine the applicability and regulatory requirements of certain air quality rules to their facilities.

CHALLENGE

For complex Clean Air Act rules, the regulated community and government agencies require assistance in understanding specific rule applicability and requirements. The Regulation Navigation (Reg Nav) tools provide an interactive, online process that involves answering a series of questions to arrive at a personalized document outlining the regulatory requirements for a given facility.

BENEFITS

  • Simplifies and encourages compliance with Clean Air Act § 105 Regulations
  • Reduces compliance assistance requests to government agencies
  • Designed for use by regulated community, states, and tribal governments

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • The first suite of Reg Nav tools was launched in 2012 and based on existing air quality regulation flowcharts created by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Since then the suite of tools has expanded to include the following air quality regulations:
    • National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP):
      • Subpart LLL: Portland Cement Manufacturing Industry
      • Subpart ZZZZ: Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines
      • Subpart JJJJJ: Brick and Structural Clay Products Manufacturing
      • Subpart HHHHHH: Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources
      • Subpart JJJJJJ: Area Source Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers
    • New Source Performance Standards (NSPS):
      • Subpart WWW: Standards of Performance for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
      • Subpart XXX: Standards of Performance for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills That Commenced Construction, Reconstruction, or Modification After July 17, 2014
      • Subpart IIII & Subpart JJJJ (one tool): Stationary Compression Ignition Internal Combustion Engines and Spark Ignition Internal Combustion Engines
    • Emission Guidelines:
      • Subpart Cc: Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills: Subpart Cc
      • Subpart Cf: Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Municipal Solid Waste Landfills: Subpart Cf
  • The team conducts ongoing coordination with states including Texas, Nebraska, and Michigan; local and tribal agencies; and trade associations representing the cement, brick, and other manufacturing industries.
  • The Reg Nav tools can be accessed at https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/epa-regulation-navigation-tools

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Continue coordinating with states including North Carolina, Texas, Nebraska, and Michigan; local and tribal agencies; and trade associations representing the cement, brick, and other manufacturing industries
  • Coordinate internally and with state, tribal, and local partners to maintain a list of priority regulations to add to the Reg Nav suite of tools
  • Complete updates to all the existing Municipal Solid Waste-related tools
  • Continue development of a tool for NESHAP Subpart AAAA: Municipal Solid Waste Landfills

RESOURCES

PDF Fact Sheet