EGLE releases 2019 Air Quality Division report
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 28, 2020
Nick Assendelft, Public Information Officer, AssendelftN@Michigan.gov, 517-388-3135
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) approved 413 air permits in Fiscal Year 2019, pursued 37 enforcement actions and performed more than 1,000 asbestos inspections, according to the Air Quality Division’s annual report.
“While historic trends show air quality continues to improve across Michigan, there is still work to be done to reduce air pollution,” said Mary Ann Dolehanty, director of EGLE’s Air Quality Division. “Looking back on 2019, we see progress, but we realize our work effort cannot diminish. We must continue to take steps forward in not only doing our normal work, but also identifying what else can be done for the future.”
The 2019 Year in Review shows EGLE staff approved 373 permits to install, up from 364 in Fiscal Year 2018. Two permits were denied. The number of applications was down slightly: 419 in Fiscal Year 2019 vs. 437 in Fiscal Year 2018. A permit to install is needed for any potential source of air pollution unless the source is exempt from the permitting process.
It also approved 40 Title V permits, down from 61 the previous year. Eighty-seven applications were received, up from 60 a year ago, and five were withdrawn by the applicant. Title V is a national program administered by each state. Also known as renewable operating permits, Title V permits are needed by major source facilities that are capable of emitting more than certain amounts of air contaminants.
The Air Quality Division received 4,485 complaints and performed onsite investigations of 73 percent of those complaints, resulting in 499 violation notices. Thirty-seven enforcement actions resulted in a total of $1,444,902 collected in penalties. There were four contested cases and civil actions, 28 consent orders and five administrative penalty orders.
Division staff received 16,891 asbestos notifications, performed 1,324 inspections and issued 136 violation notices.
Of the 1,709 facilities across the state that are required to report their emissions to EGLE, 95 percent of reports were submitted on time.
The division had a 97 percent customer satisfaction rating, based on returned surveys from the air permit to install program.
EGLE’s Air Quality Division employs over 170 people who perform permitting, enforcement and compliance duties.