Permit-to-Install and Operate (PTIO) Program

How Did PTIO Come About?

Ohio EPA sought to eliminate or minimize inefficiencies in permit processing without creating a negative impact on air quality in Ohio. It is important to note that this quality improvement process was initiated by Ohio EPA rather than by industry or environmental groups. It began in 2000 when Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) staff provided suggestions for improving and streamlining DAPC processes. The highest-ranked suggestion was to combine the PTI and PTO permits/processes. Clearly it was time for Ohio EPA to evaluate its air permitting processes as experience and the brainstorming sessions had shown that the dual permit process was inefficient. An internal team was formed to study the advantages and disadvantages of various permitting systems. Independent from other DAPC initiatives, the purpose of this analysis was to see if improvements could be made to help increase compliance, reduce the staff time required for permit issuance and monitoring, reduce paperwork, simplify the process and clarify requirements for permittees. The team concluded that a combined air permitting program (PTIO program) for the minor new source review and state permit-to-operate programs would be more efficient, while enhancing air quality through a more targeted allocation of limited resources.

Based on this recommendation, in 2004 another team of internal staff members was formed to implement the PTIO program and work out the detailed issues of combining these two programs. In addition, in 2005 the primary software that would be used to process every step of the PTIO process began design and development from the input of knowledgeable staff from these teams. All three of these areas and events have contributed to the PTIO program as it was being implemented.

Effective June 30, 2008, the PTIO Program was implemented along with the electronic Air Services system.

 

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