Are there activities that are exempt from the emissions inventory?

There are many activities that have the potential to produce minor emissions that are not required to be reported. Examples of activities that are exempt follow, but are not limited to:

  • Plant upkeep and maintenance:
    • Painting
    • Welding
    • Plumbing
    • Roof tarring
    • Paving parking lots
    • Clerical activities
    • Maintenance shop activities
    • Cleaning, etc.
  • Finishing operations: hand held equipment for any of the following processes for wood or plastic:
    • Buffing
    • Cutting
    • Drilling
    • Grinding
    • Machining
    • Polishing
    • Sawing
    • Turning
  • Residential activities: not including fuel burning equipment with a capacity of 500,000 British thermal units (BTU) per hour or greater or incinerators
  • Health care activities: activities and equipment directly associated with the diagnosis, care and treatment of patients in medical or veterinary facilities

Note: emissions that are a result of routine activities at the facility, even those that may be listed as Insignificant within an Operating Permit, are not exempt and are expected to be reported for annual emissions inventory purposes.

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1. Who must submit an emissions inventory report?
2. Who submits the emissions inventory report for a source that changed ownership?
3. Do I need to submit an emissions inventory if I did not operate in the previous calendar year?
4. Do I need to submit an emissions inventory if my facility shut down its operations in the previous calendar year?
5. What if some of the information pertaining to my facility is confidential?
6. Is there a fee associated with my Class II Inventory?
7. Who pays emissions inventory fees for a source that changed ownership?
8. If my facility doesn't operate all four quarters, why do the seasonal throughput percentages have to sum to 100%?
9. Why are the months listed for Seasonal Operating Percentages December to February, March to May, June to August, and September to November instead of the typical quarterly segments?
10. What should peaking plants enter for start time, hours/day, and days/week?
11. What pollutants must be reported?
12. Are there activities that are exempt from the emissions inventory?
13. Am I required to report fugitive emissions at my facility?
14. Do emissions from light duty vehicles such as security vehicles need to be included in the calculation of fugitive emissions from haul roads?
15. How do I report metals (or metalloids) hazardous air pollutants (HAP) such as chromium?
16. Which compounds are considered volatile organic compounds (VOC)?
17. What compounds are considered glycol ethers?
18. How should facilities report emissions due to malfunctions or upsets?
19. What types of particulate matter must be reported?
20. Which Particulate Matter (PM) emission factor should I use?
21. Which emission factor should I use if different factors are listed for volatile organic compounds (VOC), total organic compounds (TOC), and non-methane TOC?
22. Should stack height be measured from the ground or the top of the building?
23. Is there guidance on the acceptable accuracy of stack parameters?