Operating Permit Program

The mission of the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency-Operating Permit Program is to protect and enhance the health and livelihood of the Navajo people.  It is also our goal to protect and preserve the natural beauty and environment on the Navajo Nation by ensuring the air emissions from the industries operating on the Navajo Nation are regulated

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Operatin Permit Program

Route 112 N Blg 2837

Fort Defiance, AZ

(928) 729-4246
(928) 729-4323 FAX



airquality@navajo-nsn.gov

About Us

The Operating Permit Section of AQCP is authorized under the Clean Air Act (CAA) Title V Operating Permits. The Operating Permit Section reviews Operating Permit applications, determines completeness of Title V Operating Permit applications, drafts, reviews, public noticed, respond to comments, and finalizes title V operating permits for major source on the Navajo Nation, i.e., power plants, natural gas operators, etc. and does compliance inspections, certifications, compliance monitoring, and review of reports. The Navajo Nation is the first Native American Tribe to receive federal delegation to administer the Title V Operating Permits, under 40 CFR Part 71.

 

  • Legally-enforceable documents designed to improve compliance by clarifying what facilities (sources) must do to control air pollution.
  • Required by Title V of the Clean Air Act.
  • Issued to all large sources (“major” sources) and a limited number of smaller sources (called “area” sources, “minor” sources, or “non-major” sources).
  • Most are issued by State or local agencies (“part 70” permits); a small number are issued by EPA (“part 71” permits).
  • Permits include pollution-control requirements from federal or state regulations that apply to a source.
  • Other air permits may be required (e.g., “Pre-construction” permits, “PSD” permits, or “NSR” permits), but this web site does not address such permits.

Title V Permits

Title V operating permits are legally enforceable documents issued to air pollution sources after the source has begun to operate. Most Title V permits are issued by state, local, and tribal permitting authorities. However, EPA also issues Title V permits to some sources. EPA-issued Title V permits are sometimes called “Part 71 permits” because the regulations that establish the standards for them are found in the Code of Federal Regulations at 40 CFR Part 71.”

The Title V program provides for public participation in the permitting process. The public generally has 30 days to comment on all draft Title V operating permits. For all permits issued by a state or local permitting authority, EPA also has a 45-day review period, which may or may not run concurrently with the public comment period.

 

More Detailed Information on Operating Permits

  • Air Pollution Operating Permit Program Update - Key Features and Benefits -- A plain language guide (February 1998).
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Permits -- Includes topics related to title V and PSD/NSR permits (EPA Region 9).
  • Who Has to Obtain a Title V Permit -- Describes which types of sources have to get permits.
  • Definitions of Selected Permitting Terms (EPA Region 9).

Basic Information on Air Quality and Air Programs

  • EPA - AIR - Basic Information

 

 

Navajo Nation Part 71 Delegaton

Delegation of Authority to administer a part 71 operating permits program. Delegation agreement between US Environmental Protection Agency Region IX and Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Region 9 and Navajo Nation Part 71 Delegation Agreement

This document describes how the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency ("Navajo Nation EPA" or "NNEPA"), through the Navajo Nation Air Quality Control Program ("NAQCP"), intends to administer and enforce a delegated Clean Air Act ("CAA") Title V Operating Permit Program consistent with the requirements of 40 C.F.R Part 71 and Navajo Nation law.

Navajo Nation - Treatment as State Determination

Eligibility Determination for the Navajo Nation for treatment in the same manner as a state for purposes of delegation of administration of the clean air act Title V, 40 CFR part 71 program

Program Description and Transition Plan for Navajo Nation Part 71 Delegation

This document describes how the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency ("Navajo Nation EPA" or "NNEPA"), through the Navajo Nation Air Quality Control Program ("NAQCP"), intends to administer and enforce a delegated Clean Air Act ("CAA") Title V Operating Permit Program consistent with the requirements of 40 C.F.R Part 71 and Navajo Nation law.