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Environmental Compliance for Emergency Backup Electrical Generators

Emergency Backup Electrical Generators, especially when operated on diesel fuel, may be subject to multiple U.S. EPA, state, or local, agency environmental regulations.  These regulations have not been  communicated very well to the regulated community.  In fact, the company that provided or installed the equipment, or the company that conducts preventive maintenance checks or re-fueling, may not even be aware of these environmental compliance requirements.  This is in part due to the continuously emerging U.S. EPA state, and local, agency regulations that may not have been in effect ten, five or even two years ago.

The notable environmental regulations that may apply to this equipment includes:

  1. EPA’s Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engine (RICE) NESHAP Rule

  2. EPA SPCC Plan requirements (for the integrated fuel tank)

  3. State, or local, agency Air Permit or Source Registration requirements

If you manage properties that have diesel-fired Emergency Backup Electrical Generators, especially if you have multiple units in larger metropolitan areas, one or more of these regulations may likely apply.  Nova’s Engineering and Compliance Group has recently assisted numerous clients with ensuring compliance for Emergency Backup Electrical Generators at dozens of sites across the country.  Assessment of the applicable requirements can be conducted with a relatively simple review of equipment specifications and installation details.  Nova is highly experienced at completing NESHAP assessments and registrations, preparing SPCC Plans, and completing Air Permit Applications and Source Registrations to help owners and operators cost-effectively ensure compliance with the applicable environmental requirements.


John Bale

Environmental Compliance Group Manager

Nova Consulting Group Inc.

(612) 310-7957

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