Originally enacted by Congress in 1970, the federal Clean Air Act is designed to address major air pollution issues that impact many of the nation’s cities and industrial areas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is tasked with establishing nationwide standards, and states are required to adopt plans to carry out EPA’s standards. The complex interplay of federal and state regulations and requirements is an area that requires significant involvement by both legal and technical consultants. Ryan Whaley Coldiron Jantzen Peters & Webber’s attorneys are among the most experienced in the nation in the field of Clean Air Act law and regulation.
The Firm regularly assists our clients to interpret and satisfy Clean Air Act requirements by identifying and obtaining the proper permits needed for compliance with state and federal requirements, including New Source Review (NSR), Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), and minor source permitting programs. We also help clients develop plans for documenting compliance with air programs and reporting both compliance and non-compliance with air requirements in Semi-Annual Reports, Annual Compliance Certifications, and self-reporting of violations under federal and state audit immunity programs. Our attorneys regularly advise clients on compliance with New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) requirements, and other industry and facility-specific requirements.
We regularly consult with technical experts who are leaders in the field of air modeling and testing and support our clients in contracting with and coordinating work with consultants, developing permit applications, making compliance determinations, and conducting performance and emissions testing.