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Operating Permits

What EPA Does

Part 70 Programs

State and local permitting authorities have primary responsibility for running part 70 permitting programs, including reviewing permit applications and issuing permits. 

EPA Regional Offices (Regional Part 70 Contacts) have oversight responsibilities over State programs, including:

  • Review of State program submittals and revisions to State programs,
  • Periodic review of State programs,
  • Review and comment on draft State permits, and  
  • Review of monitoring or other reports required by the permit.

The Operating Permits Group (in EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards of the Office of Air and Radiation) performs other functions (often in concert with EPA Regions), including:

  • Review of public petitions asking EPA to object to State-issued part 70 permits,
  • National rulemakings, policy or guidance for parts 70/71, and
  • Response to Congressional/Executive Branch requests for Information.

The Part 71 Program

EPA is the permitting authority under part 71, performing functions similar to those a State would do under a part 70 program.  Most of the day-to-day activities are performed by the Regional Part 71 Contacts, while EPA HQ (Operating Permits Group performs a similar role to that for part 70 programs.

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