Any New Jersey industrial or commercial enterprise that uses equipment that emits air pollutants is required to get an air permit. Which type of permit the facility needs will depend on the type of emissions they dispel and in what quantities.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is in charge of enforcing air permits in the state. The Air Pollution and Control Act has given this agency regulatory jurisdiction. They have the authority to enforce regulations, issue violations, examine facilities, evaluate paperwork, and check on compliance, among other things. They also have the authority to access a facility, inspect it, and take other actions related to air permits.
The NJDEP usually conducts inspections without warning. They generally just show up to check your facility. They want to see how they run the business daily without artificiality. And the company must let them in, comply with their demands (within reason), and enable them to complete their examination.
Examining papers, reading your permit, going around your facility, taking pictures or films, and even speaking with workers on-site about the entity’s air permit are all possible things that can happen. The establishment should be alright as long as they follow the standards outlined in the air permit.
However, permit compliance with the NJDEP can be a tedious and frustrating process. There is a lot to examine, understand, and complete to achieve full compliance. But because it is the law, businesses must adhere to it and improve their compliance management to prevent problems and setbacks in their operations.
Fortunately, covered entities do not have to face it all on their own. An NJDEP permit consultant from trusted firms like Lockatong Engineering can efficiently assist them with their permit applications and compliance processing.
To learn more about the importance of NJDEP permit compliance and where to find a NJ air permit consultant see this infographic from Lockatong Engineering.