Air Quality Permits

California is divided into Air Quality Management Districts (AQMD).  The AQMD in each area is responsible for making sure their district is meeting air quality standards set by Federal EPA.  Due to each district being different, because of the variances in the amount and type of contributors within a district as well as the lay of the land and how air flows in a district, each district sets its own requirements in an attempt to control contributions to air quality issues that can be a problem in their district.

Air districts issue permits for process, chemicals, abatement systems, etc. that have an effect on air quality.  Some of these permits require testing of what comes out of the “stack” to prove that they are meeting permit emissions limitations.

Common activities that are generally regulated under the AQMD’s are:

  • Painting
  • Printing
  • Wipe Cleaning (wiping parts with Isopropyl Alcohol)
  • Spray booths (big booths in which spray paining it done)
  • Activities involving a significant amounts of Epoxy or glue
  • Activities which use materials that have VOC’s (volatile organic compounds)
  • Plating using heated tanks
  • Facilities that have air scrubbers

CDMS provides a variety of services to maintain compliance with the Air Quality Management Districts.   The following are some of the services that are offered are:

  • Permit Application Preparation
  • Source/Stack Testing
  • Environmental Air Quality Risk Assessment
  • Clean Air Act Permitting and Reporting
  • Title V Permitting