Massachusetts Facilities: Have you consolidated your air plan approvals?

Has your facility been in business for a number of years and is it operating under a variety of air plan approvals issued by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)?  Do you have more than one air plan approval for a process or piece of equipment that contains different emission limits or restrictions?  Are you confused as to what plan approval you should be following? If so, the MassDEP offers a simplified approach, which is to consolidate your current air plan approvals into one.

The MassDEP has posted a consolidation form on its website to assist companies with streamlining their emission limits, restrictions, monitoring, and reporting requirements:

When you access this link, scroll down to: LPA/CPA Consolidation of Previously Issued Plan Approvals (August 2011).

The form enables a facility to combine permit limits and restrictions into one air plan approval along with all generally applicable requirements listed in 310 CMR 7.00.  Currently, there is no application fee for consolidation. If you want to consolidate your facility’s air plan approvals and also have a new process that needs to be permitted, the MassDEP is requiring that facilities first apply for a plan approval for the new process, and then submit the consolidation form. The new consolidated plan approval will supersede all prior approvals that have been combined into the consolidated approval.   

Why should you consolidate your air plan approvals?

  1. You will save time as you will no longer need to try and keep up with your various air plan approval requirements.

  2. Your consolidated air plan approval will be easier to understand as it will list all requirements that are applicable to your processes in one document.

  3. With only one document to review, you will reduce risk. Having numerous air plan approvals can lead to requirements being overlooked, which can lead to potential fines.

CAPACCIO’s air permit experts can assist in consolidating your air plan approvals.  We have more than twenty years of experience filing air plan approvals and have worked closely with MassDEP permit engineers to ensure the process goes smoothly.

If you have any questions, or need assistance, please contact Lynn Sheridan at 507.970.0033 extension 122 or

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