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					                                GUIDE TO USEFUL WEB SITES ON
                             AIR QUALITY AND OPERATING PERMITS

A. Overview of Environmental Issues / Laws
   (To get a better idea of how Federal laws have been structures to handle specific environmental issues)

       a. Summary of Major Environmental Laws
          (Explains what each environmental stature, such as the clean air act and others, is designed to do)

B. Overview of the Clean Air Act
   (Focuses on the Clean Air Act, the law primarily designed to clean the air resources of the nation)

       a. The Plain English Guide to the Clean Air Act
          (Plain language guide to the Act’s basic purposes and goals)

       b. View Text of the Clean Air Act

       c. Downloadable Text of the Clean Air Act

C. Overview of Operating Permits Programs
   (To gain a better understanding of the overall structure, purpose and goals of EPA’s regulations for State
   operating permit programs)

       a. Air Pollution Operating Permit Program Update – Key Features and Benefits
          (A plain english guide to program features and intended benefits)

       b. EPA’s Operating Permits Program Homepage
          (EPA’s Operating Permits Group maintains this page to provide general information about the

       c. Technology Transfer Network Website – Title V Homepage
          (Location of obtaining text versions of policy memos, guidance, white papers, and preamble and
          rule language for parts 70 and 71)

D. Source- or Company- specific Information
   (Useful for finding out which sources are located in a particular geographic area and accessing their
   environmental significance)
       a.   Air Facility Subsystems (AFS)
            AFS contains emissions and compliance status data on individual sources.

       b. Air Quality Subsystems (AQS)
          AQS primarily contains data on emissions of the criteria pollutants [VOC, NOX, SO2, CO, PM,
          and Lead]. These data could be used to help you identify large emitters of criteria pollutants in
          particular area. One link describes how to prepare a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request
          to obtain data from AQS.

       c. Envirofacts Warehouse – Air Releases Query Form
          (Allows you to do real-time search of AFS for information on specific facilities, all facilities in a
          given geographic area, or all facilities with specific SIC codes)

       d. Envirofacts Warehouse – Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) –TRI State Reports, TRI Query Form,
          and TRI Customized Query Engine
          (All these sites allow you to generate data reports that identify specific sources and the extent of
          their air emissions of up to 650 toxic chemicals and compounds, including most of the hazardous
          air pollutants (HAP). This information could be used to help you identify large emitters of HAP
          in a particular area.)

       e. Envirofacts Warehouse – Maps on Demand
          (Generates GIS maps that display locations of facilities and the surrounding demographics for a
          State or county)

E. Air Toxics (Hazardous Air Pollutants or HAPs)
   (These pollutants are known or suspected to cause serious health problems, are regulated by MACT or
   NESHAP standards, and are often included in part 70 permits)

       a. Air Toxics Website (ATW) Homepage
          (EPA’s clearinghouse for air toxics information from Federal, State, Tribal and Local air
          pollution control agencies)

       b. ATW: Basic Facts
          (Frequently asked general questions about air toxics)
       c. ATW: EPA Rules and Implementation
          (Guide to EPA Rules, guidance, and additional detailed information concerning air toxics)
       d. Health Effects Notebook for Hazardous Air Pollutants
          (A compendium of fact sheets concerning the specific health effects of each air toxic)

F. Centers for Disease Control –Atlas of United States Morbidity
   (Shows all leading causes of death for small geographic areas in order to show departures from national

G. Sector Notebooks
   (Profiles of the majority of major industrial groups, such as power plants, steel mills, and refineries, that
   have significant emissions and are sommonly permitted. These profiles contain information on the
   industrial process, the types of air pollutants released, and compliance/ enforcement history for the group
   as a whole. These profiles are essential to gaining a detailed understanding of the technical aspects of
   some of the more environmentally significant sources)

H. Environmental Violations – Tips and Complaints / Environmental Emergencies
   (A useful guide for citizens to help them recognize environmental violations and emergencies and
   information on how to report them to teh proper authorities. This is useful because permitting authorities
   often place greater emphasis on investigating citizen complaints than in doing periodic plant-site

I. EPA’s Environmental Justice Homepage
   (Access to available information, such as executive orders and EPA’s strategy for addressing these

J. Web Access to Information on Other Statutes and Air Programs

       a. OECA – Regulations and Statures Resources
          (Links to environmental statutes, air quality regulations, and court decisions. For example, air
          pollution control regulations adopted under the authority of the Clean Air Act comprise the
          “applicable requirements” that are included in sources’ permits. Except for specific State
          Implementation Plan (SIP) requirements, most “applicable requirements” are promulgated at 40
          Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Subchapter C, Parts 1-99. In addition, the Federal Register,
          organized by date, contains recently promulgated regulations that have not yet been incorporated
          into the published CFR.)
       b. TTNWeb – OAR Policy and Guidance Information – Actions Sorted by Clean Air Act Title
          (Links to recently-issued EPA policy, guidance and air pollution control regulations for each
          major air pollution control program required by the Act.)


EPA Website search                       
Office of Air and Radiation website search
TTNWeb search                            

AIR Websites

Acid Rain
      Allowance Tracking system          
      Emission monitoring and reporting  
      EPA acid rain web site             
      NOx reduction                      
      Policy and guidance documents      
      SO2 trading                        

Air Quality System (AQS)                 
Air Pollution Control Resources Home Page
Air Pollution Distance Learning Network  
Air Pollution Training Institute         
Air quality dispersion models            
Air and Waste Management Assoc.          
Ambient Monitoring Technology            
 Information Center

Emission estimation software             
Emission Factors
       EPA contacts                      
Emissions inventories
       EPA contacts                      
Emission Measurement Technical           
 Information Center
Emissions Marketing Association          
       Compliance information            
        on stationary sources
       Policy and guidance documents     
       Recent regulatory developments 

Environmental law libraries
       Cornell Environmental Law Institute
       Emory Law Library              

       Environmental Law WWW Site     
       Federal court web links                  www.fjc.govWWWlinks/govlinks.html

       Pace Virtual Environmental Law Library
       Washburn University School of Law

Environmental Professional’s Desktop  
Environmental Professional’s Homepage 

       Atmospheric Pollution Prevention Prgm
       Contacts, Office of Enforcement
       EPA people locator             

       Memo on applicability and      
                compliance issues
       Office of Air and Radiation    
       Office of Air Quality Planning and
       Office of atmospheric Programs 
       Office of Enforcement and      
        Compliance Assurance
       OECA General guide for various media
       OECA summary of environmental laws

       Office of Radiation and Indoor Air
       Regions, Web links             

       TTNWeb Directory               

EPA Documents
     EPA Online Library System        

       Government Printing Office     
        Access Database
       Guidance memos, Office of Air and
       National Center for Environmental
         Publications and Information
       National Technical Information Service
Federal Register
       EPA (October 1994-present)     
       Government Printing Office
         searchable index

Hazardous air pollutants
        EPA technical documents       
        Health effects                
        List of hazardous air pollutants
        List of source categories and 
          MACT schedule
        Policy and guidance documents 
        Recent regulatory developments
        Unified Air Toxics Website    
        Web links                     
Health effects Notebook for hazardous 
  Air Pollutants
Industrial Combustion Coordinated Rulemaking
Industry and Trade Assoc. web links   

Locating and estimating toxic emission
Material Safety data sheets           

Meteorological data                   

      Ambient Monitoring Info. Center 
      Policy and guidance documents   
      Summaries of NAAQS              

National emissions inventory data     
National Technical Information Service
National Toxicology program           
New Source Review                     
Nonattainment areas, lists of         

Operating Permits
       Model permits                  
      Plain english guide to permit program
      Operating Permits – general information

Particulate matter, web links         
Permits, web links (STAPPA/ALAPCO)    
Pollution Prevention
RACT/ BACT/ LAER Clearinghouse        
Source Classification Codes           
State Agencies                        

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