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Does your business use materials or conduct activities that can release air pollutants? These are called air emission sources and many businesses have them. Common examples include surface coating and painting, material handling activities and operating fuel-burning equipment such as boilers and heaters.
For more help identifying air emission sources, see Ohio EPA’s Does My Small Business Need an Air Permit fact sheet. Once your business has identified your air emission sources, the next question is “Do I need an air permit for each air emission source at my facility?” Not necessarily. If an air emission source meets certain criteria it may be exempt from air permitting.
Currently, there are three different scenarios in which an air emission source could be exempt from air permitting:
For more information on air permit exemptions see Ohio EPA’s Air Permit Exemptions fact sheet or contact your Ohio EPA district office or local air agency. Small businesses can also contact the Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) at (614) 644-3469 or (800) 329-7518 for free help. OCAPP is a non-regulatory office within Ohio EPA that helps small businesses understand and comply with environmental requirements.
Note: an air permit is required for any air emission source that is not exempt. Need help? Contact OCAPP for technical assistance.
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