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Registration Permit Options

Registration operation permits (ROP) allow low emitting facilities to quickly register for an air permit. The permits contain facility-wide emission caps as well as monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting requirements. All four registration permit types have a 15-day or less required review time by DNR.

Benefits

Both DNR and facilities that qualify benefit from registration permits. The expedited review process saves DNR time. Facility benefits include:

  • a simplified application process;
  • 15-day DNR decision on applications for coverage, if there is no existing permit to revoke. If there are existing permits that must be revoked, a 14-to-30-day revocation waiting period is required prior to making a decision on coverage;
  • the permit allows facility modifications without the need for a construction permit;
  • the permit does not expire; and
  • simplified and less frequent recordkeeping.

Rather than annual emission fees charged per ton of emissions, all facilities with registration permits are charged a $400 annual fee. The fee is due by the end of June every year, beginning the year after the facility is covered under the permit.

More information on qualifying for registration permits, including benefits and disadvantages of the permits, is found in the sections below.

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ROP-A

ROP-A

The Type A Registration Permit (AM-364), or ROP-A, is the simplest of the registration permit options but has the lowest eligibility thresholds. Facilities must have emissions below 25% of the major source threshold for both criteria and hazardous air pollutants, along with meeting the other eligibility criteria described in the AM-364 fact sheet.

Read through this permit to understand the permit requirements that apply once coverage is approved: Final Type A Registration Permit ROP-A03/RCP-A03. Modeling requirements under the ROP-A differ by location as shown on the following map: ROP Threshold for Future Modeling - County Map.

Once a facility is ready to apply, review the appropriate application guide and application form. Contact the registration permit coordinator with questions. When submitting the application form, include appropriate emissions calculations.

Additional resources

ROP-B

ROP-B

The Type B Registration Permit (AM-531), or ROP-B, has higher eligibility thresholds than ROP-A or ROP-C. Facilities must have emissions below 50% of the major source threshold for both criteria and hazardous air pollutants and must meet the other eligibility criteria described in the AM-531 fact sheet.

Read through this permit to understand the permit requirements that apply once coverage is approved: Final Type B Registration Permit ROP-B01/RCP-B01.

Once a facility is ready to apply, review the appropriate application guide and application form. Contact the registration permit coordinator with questions. When submitting the application form, include appropriate emissions calculations.

ROP-C

ROP-C

The Type C Registration Permit, or ROP-C, is designed specifically for printers. Eligible facilities must have emissions below 25 percent of the major source threshold for criteria pollutants, be below 50 percent of the major source threshold for hazardous air pollutants and must meet the other eligibility criteria described in the The Type C Registration Permit (AM-379) [pdf]

Before applying for the ROP-C, review the permit to understand the requirements that apply once coverage is approved: Final Type C Registration Permit ROP-C02/RCP-C02 [pdf].

Apply by reviewing the application guide and completing the application form. Contact the registration permit coordinator with questions. When submitting the application form, include appropriate emissions calculations.

Use the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program's Printer Portal for additional resources. A comprehensive compliance assistance workbook describing how to comply with all DNR regulations that affect small printing facilities in Wisconsin is available on the Environmental tab. Calculation examples and sample spreadsheets are found on the Air tab of the Portal.

ROP-G

ROP-G

The Type G Registration Permits (AM-568), RCP/ROP-G01 and ROP-G02, were initially developed as an incentive for participants in the Economic Development and Green Environment (EDGE) pilot program, but they are also available to certain facilities who join the Green Tier Program.

There are two options under the type G registration permits available to Green Tier participants: the RCP/ROP-G01 for facilities that are committed to achieving tier 2 status within 18 months of receiving coverage under the ROP; and the ROP-G02 for facilities that have signed a tier 2 contract. It is important to understand what tier 2 requires for Green Tier facilities before investigating this option further.

In addition to achieving tier 2 status under Green Tier, the facility must have emissions below 80% of the major source thresholds and must meet other air permit eligibility requirements. The type G registration permits also have the added feature of allowing a facility to retain some types of source specific conditions. Review the Application Guide AM-569 below for details on the source specific conditions that can be included in the ROPG.

Read through the permits below to understand the requirements that apply once coverage is approved.

Once a facility is ready to apply, review the appropriate application guide and application form. Contact the registration permit coordinator with questions. When submitting the application form, include appropriate emissions calculations.

Compliance Resources

Once Covered By a Registration Permit

Facilities covered under one of the registration permits can use the following documents to demonstrate permit compliance.

  • Compliance Checklist (AM-519) assists facilities in meeting the compliance requirements under the registration permit.
  • Annual Compliance Certification and Monitoring Summary: Registration permits require both the annual summary of monitoring and the permit compliance certification to be submitted by March 1 every year. Facilities covered by a ROP-A or ROP-C are required to submit the first report the March following the first full calendar year of coverage.
  • Annual Air Emissions Inventory: Complete the report or the Under Threshold Notification (UTN) by March 1 every year for emissions generated during the previous calendar year.
    • Air emissions inventory and reporting provides information on how to complete the emissions report.
    • If emissions are below the reporting levels in NR 438, Wis. Adm. Code, complete the UTN which can be generated and submitted via the DNR Switchboard. Additional instructions are available through the Air Reporting System (ARS) Tutorials.
    • If the facility has made changes during the year, update the process and device information in the report.
    • The final Air Emission Inventory Report shall be certified by June 30. Note: This certification is different from the Annual Compliance Certification.
  • Deviation Notification: If the facility had any malfunction or other unscheduled event, not reported in advance to the department, which causes or may cause any emission limitation to be exceeded, a deviation report shall be submitted by the next business day.
  • Report Facility Changes: Any changes to the facility ownership, parent corporation, facility name, responsible official, Air Program contacts or closure shall be reported to the department.
  • Compliance Questions: Direct questions about compliance reports or any other compliance requirements to the facility-assigned DNR engineer. Use the Air Permit Search to find DNR staff assigned to the facility.

Compliance Assistance Reminders

Because the registration permit does not spell out all of the requirements that may apply to an individual facility, the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program works together with the Air Program's registration permit coordinator to send out quarterly reminders on topics of importance. Review the following documents for the content of recent emails sent to ROP facilities.

  • October 2020 - Printing facilities: Revised ROP-C; VOC control requirements; RACT applicability; LACT requirements; Recordkeeping requirements; Calibration of monitoring equipment
  • September 2020
  • May 2020: Air Emissions Inventory certification – due June 30; Reporting deviations – due next business day; Maintain records; Stack testing; Malodorous emissions
  • February 2020 – Type A and B: Air Emissions Inventory – due March 1; Annual permit compliance certification and annual summary of monitoring – due March 1; Electronic reporting options
  • February 2020 – Type C: Air Emissions Inventory – due March 1; Annual permit compliance certification and annual summary of monitoring – due June 30; Electronic reporting options
  • Dec. 2019: Calculating actual emissions, records when exempt from a requirement, LACT requirements.
  • May 2019: Air Emissions Inventory Certification - due June 30; Maintain Records; Modeling before Construction to Show Eligibility; Fugitive Dust; Malodorous Emissions
  • Feb. 2019 - Type A and B: Air Emissions Inventory - due March 1; Permit Compliance Cert and Annual Summary of Monitoring - due March 1; Electronic Reporting Options
  • Feb. 2019 - Type C: Air Emissions Inventory - due March 1; Permit Compliance Cert and Annual Summary of Monitoring - due June 30; Electronic Reporting Options