September 26, 2018 – Sargent & Lundy is at the forefront helping develop and apply methodologies to successfully address the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regional Haze Rule Second Planning Period: Four-Factor Analysis requirement. The firm has recently been retained by three utilities in two western states—representing four generating stations comprised of nine units—to deliver site-specific four-factor analyses as they prepare for the second planning period of regional haze State Implementation Plans (SIP).
An initial step in the SIP development process is for states to screen existing sources to identify those subject to the second planning period emission reduction requirements. Although the first planning period focused on emissions from coal-fired electric generating units, the second planning period broadens the range of effected units to include industrial generators along with utilities. Sargent & Lundy helps facilities understand if they could or should be identified as an affected source by providing air quality impact modeling and emission control expertise.
If your facility is identified as an affected source subject to the regional haze requirements, Sargent & Lundy’s engineers and environmental specialists can prepare the required four-factor control technology analysis for your operations, which includes:
- Costs of compliance
- Time necessary for compliance
- Energy and non‐air quality environmental impacts of compliance
- Remaining useful life of potentially affected sources
Sargent & Lundy has been actively involved in the implementation of regional haze compliance strategies for more than 10 years, working with 14 utilities and all major environmental technology suppliers. The firm’s extensive experience and deep understanding of balance-of-plant (BOP) impacts can benefit utilities and businesses in the industrial sector preparing for the second planning period.
Based on the established sequence of activities required to support the SIP development process, emission sources should not wait to begin evaluating whether the second planning period regional haze program applies to those facilities and what to do about it if it does.
Participating in the SIP development process by getting ahead of the source selection phase and identifying control technologies and emission reductions that may be required is important to understanding the impact the second planning period will have on your facilities; Sargent & Lundy is the reliable choice to help utilities and businesses in the industrial sector navigate these steps.