EPA Reportedly Studying Streamlined Permit Process
According to published reports, the EPA is in the early stages of discussing a policy to allow states to issue "smart permits" that would cover a range of possible operating "scenarios" that might occur in the future at manufacturing facilities. Such permits would allow manufacturers to make changes in a plant or process without applying for a new air-pollution permit. Under existing rules, air-pollution permits require a 30-day public-comment period, a detailed inspection and an EPA review.
A spokeswoman for the EPA’s Office of Air Pollution Programs said she could not provide any immediate comment on the published reports.