Understanding Air Permits for Emergency Generators in New Jersey

Emergency generators are indispensable in commercial facilities due to their ability to provide continuous power supply during a power outage. However, organizations must obtain the appropriate general air permit from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) before using emergency generators.

Generators emit toxins, and securing an air permit helps firms comply with emission standards. The type of permit an establishment needs depends on the generator unit. For example, the General Permit (GP-005A) for Emergency Generator(s) burning Distillate Fuel covers single or multiple emergency generators burning distillate fuel. These generators have a maximum rated heat input of less than 100 million MMBTU/hr.

Furthermore, the GP-005A permit is applicable for emergency generators burning distillate fuels, such as Diesel, No. 2 Fuel Oil, or kerosene. It does not cover certain equipment, such as generators with a displacement exceeding 30 liters per cylinder and those necessitating over 100 hours of annual testing and maintenance.

Another type of permit is the General Operating Permit (GOP-003), covering a single emergency generator with a maximum rated heat input of less than or equal to 30 MMBTU/hr. This permit can only be used at major facilities with an approved Title V Operating permit, which is usually issued for significant sources of air pollution.

While emergency generator air permitting is crucial, the application process can be tedious and time-consuming. Seeking the help of an NJDEP air permit consultant can be beneficial. By leveraging a consultant’s expertise and knowledge, organizations can streamline the permit application, provide accurate completion of paperwork, and establish adherence to regulations.

Understanding and complying with air quality regulations is paramount to safeguarding environmental health. Businesses must take action to encourage proper permitting of emergency generators to mitigate ecological impacts and uphold NJDEP permit compliance. By adhering to these regulations, entities can protect communities, reduce pollution, and advocate a sustainable future.

This infographic by Lockatong Engineering discusses other general air permits for emergency generators.