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Air Emissions

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Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Air Emissions

The federal Clean Air Act requires that each state maintain an inventory of air pollution emissions for certain facilities and update this inventory every year. Michigan's emission inventory is collected annually using the Michigan Air Emissions Reporting System (MAERS).

Each year, approximately 2,000 facilities report emissions to MAERS. Emissions data is submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to be added to the national data bank. This information is used to track air pollution trends, determine the effectiveness of current air pollution control programs, serve as a basis for future year projections of air quality, track source compliance, provide information for permit review, and calculate the emissions portion of the air quality fee.

Rules of Interest

Part 1

  • Rule 119(e): Definition of Significant

Part 2

  • Rule 202: Waivers of Approval
  • Rule 212(7): ROP Source Fee Calculations
  • Rule 278: Exclusion from Exemption
  • Rule 279 through 290: Exemptions
  • Rule 281(2)(h): Cold Cleaner Exemption
  • Rule 282(2)(b): Furnace, Oven and Heater Exemption
  • Rule 285(2)(r)(iv): Cleaning Exemption