Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ) and Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (LMAPCD) Permitting Status
DAQ Permitting Status
As of September 30, 2011, the Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ) reports that it had approximately 179 permit applications pending. Consistent with recent trends, of those, approximately 21, or 12 percent, were beyond regulatory time frames for review. In early October, DAQ reported that to date, the agency had processed 522 permits and registrations as compared to 641, 499 and 766 permits and registrations for the entire calendar years of 2008, 2009, and 2010 respectively. With regard to DAQ permitting branch staffing levels, currently DAQ reports that in addition to the branch manager, it has seven supervisors, two consultants, 36 permit writers, three air toxics and air modeling personnel, and four administrative support personnel on staff. The agency currently has four vacancies: two permit writers, an air toxics staff member and the air toxics section supervisor.
LMAPCD Permitting Status
The most recent permitting backlog summary provided by the engineering staff to the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District (LMAPCD) Board indicates that the backlog of permit applications remains similar to past reports. Of the almost 400 permits pending, 54 are included in the “High Priority Construction” category. Federally Enforceable District Origin Operating Permit (FEDOOP) sources (LMAPCD Regulation 2.17) have the largest backlog of pending applications, with 168 applications awaiting review and approval.
To view a complete PDF of the Third Quarter 2011 issue of the Air Quality Letter, click HERE.