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General Approval Orders
In November 2013, the Air Quality Board unanimously approved a new rule that gave the Division of Air Quality (DAQ) the ability to issue a General Approval Order (GAO) for similar types of sources. A general permit provides certainty and consistency for sources and streamline the air quality permitting process.
The GAO is an alternative to the normal Approval Order (AO) and establishes conditions for:
- similar new or modified sources within a source category; and,
- specific types of equipment.
The general permit would need to meet all requirements under existing rules, including application of Best Achievable Control Technology (BACT) and a representative impact analysis. Once a GAO is adopted for a particular category, a new or modified source can apply to be covered under the permit if it meets the specified criteria. The rule requires review of the GAO at least once every three years to ensure periodic opportunities for public review and comment.
Active General Approval Orders
The Division has not yet compiled a list of source categories eligible for a GAO, but DAQ is currently focusing on GAOs for the oil and gas industry.
- General Approval Order GAO
- Oil and Gas GAO Application and GAO Equipment Inventory Reporting
- Oil and Gas GAO Background Information
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations
Standards of Performance for Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production, Transmission, and Distribution.
How to Complete a GAO Application
How to use DAQ's online GAO permitting application process for oil and gas.
If a source does not wish to be subject to a GAO, other permitting options are available.
Permitting Forms and Guides
The GAO application form, copies of current GAOs, and other permitting forms.
Utah Administrative Code: Title R307: Environmental Quality: Air Quality
In addition to air quality requirements, there may be other provisions of federal and State air quality rules that apply to your facility.