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Biomass Pilot Test Facility General Permit

Permit Applicability:

To qualify for the Biomass Pilot Test Facility General Permit, the facility must meet the following:

  • Must be a facility using a biomass material where the air emissions are unknown.
  • Must be a new greenfield source (new after May 25, 2011).
  • Must be a minor source (not subject to the provisions of Article 1, 3, 7, 8, or 9 of Part II of 9 VAC 5-80 (Permits for Stationary Sources)).
  • Cannot be subject to Section 129 of the Clean Air Act, i.e. cannot be an incinerator.
  • (i) Generate 5 MW or less of electricity, or that produces the equivalent amount of energy in the form of fuel, steam, or other energy product; 
    (ii) That is generated or produced solely from biomass; and
    iii) That is sold to an unrelated person or stationary source or used in a manufacturing process.

Expiration of Permit:

General permits do not expire except if the general permit is modified and re-issued by the Department. At that time, the facility has a year from re-issuance of the general permit to apply and receive the new general permit.

Application Fees:

$50 application fee; no annual fee.

Public Participation Requirements:

General permits do not have to go through public participation.

Time Frames:

A response to each application for coverage under the general permit will be provided within 30 days.

Application Process:

  • Fill out a complete Form 520 application.
  • The Local Governing Body Certification Form is already located in the Form 520 application.
  • Include proof of application fee paid.

Send all of the completed application and application spreadsheets (with cover letter and other documents) to the appropriate regional office.


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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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