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Air Permitting

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Our Air Management Division regulates most of the stationary sources of air pollution in Hillsborough County, in cooperation with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the US EPA. These include toxic and hazardous sources, as well as industrial facilities. Power plants, fertilizer facilities, asphalt plants, waste incinerators, and gasoline terminals are just a few of the industrial facilities found in Hillsborough County.

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Air permits are issued to industrial, commercial, and institutional air pollution sources. They limit the amount of pollution released into the air by setting operational requirements and best management practices for each facility. Our permits set emission standards and include requirements for testing, monitoring and reporting.

Common Air Pollutants and Their Sources

  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) - Printing, painting, fuel or chemical storage or distribution, plastics extrusion, adhesives, recycling, etc.
  • Particulate Matter Emissions (PM) - Storage silos, material handling, grit blasting, combustion boilers, manufacturing, mining, etc.
  • Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP) - Painting, printing adhesives, lead-acid battery handlers, incinerators, etc.
  • Sulfur Oxides (SOx), Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and Carbon Monoxide (CO) - Power plants, combustion sources (boilers, ovens, generators and incinerators), etc.

Types of Permits

We review and process construction, operating and Title V applications for air pollution sources within Hillsborough County. You can obtain a copy of the application for submittal to EPC for any of the following types of permits:

  • Construction permit
  • Operation permit
    • Minor permit
    • Title V permit

Rules & Standards

Who Needs A Permit?

Any activity or operation which releases pollutants into the air may require an air pollution permit. The type of permit required depends on the type and amount of pollutants emitted. Rule 62-210, F.A.C. specifies the type of sources that need an air permit, along with the activities which do not require a permit.

To submit an air permit application or if you have any questions, contact EPC Air Permitting at 813-627-2600.

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