Emergency Generator General Permit

Permit Applicability:

To qualify for the Emergency Generator General Permit, the facility must meet the following:

  • Must be a stationary internal combustion engine that operates only during an emergency, required maintenance or operability and emissions testing.
  • Must be a new or modified source (after August 17, 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)).
  • Must have an aggregate rated electrical power output less than or equal to:

    • For spark ignition (SI) engines in an Attainment Area:
      23,535 kW (31,560 bhp)

    • For spark ignition (SI) engines in a Nonattainment Area:
      13,115 kW (17,587 bhp)

    • For compression ignition (CI) engines in an Attainment Area:
      Affected Unit Size
      KW (bhp)
       
      With a
      Displacement of:
      (liters/cylinder)
      With a Model Year of:
       
      x ≤ 6,906 (9,261)
      Less than 10
      2010
      x ≤ 8,472 (11,361)
      Less than 10
      2011+
      x ≤ 8,146 (10,924)
      10.0 ≤ x < 15.0
      2010+

     

    • For compression ignition (CI) engines in a Nonattainment Area:
      Affected Unit Size
      kW (bhp)
       
      With a
      Displacement of:
      (liters/cylinder)
      With a Model Year of:
       
      x ≤ 3,850 (5,163)
      Less than 10
      2010
      x ≤ 4,722 (6,332)
      Less than 10
      2011+
      x ≤ 4,540 (6,088)
      10.0 ≤ x < 15.0
      2010+

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:

No application fee or 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 540 application.
  • The Local Governing Body Certification Form is already located in the Form 540 application.

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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