Understanding Air Permits for Emergency Generators in New Jersey

No business wants to lose money because of operations disruption, which is why it is important to be prepared. Emergency generators for commercial facilities help sustain a continuous stream of power for different business activities. They help owners avoid costly losses and dangerous scenarios if the grid cannot supply power for any length of time.

When planning on establishing an emergency generator system in New Jersey, owners must have a general air permit. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) oversees the use of emergency generators in the state since they release various harmful pollutants. Some of the toxic pollutants that diesel and gasoline generators release into the air are carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide, and particulate matter.

Emissions of harmful pollutants pose various risks to human health and contribute to air pollution. Specifically, nitrogen oxide is known as the most significant contributor to ozone depletion.

Diesel exhaust from emergency generators also contains toxic contaminants known as carcinogens, which are substances that can cause cancer. Some of the carcinogen components of diesel exhaust are benzene, arsenic, and formaldehyde. Businesses must achieve NJDEP air permit compliance to help mitigate the environmental and health risks of emergency generators. 

Attaining air permit compliance involves an intricate process. With an expert NJ air permit consultant, businesses can determine which type of general air permit is applicable for their emergency generator to ease the application process. 

Air permit consultants can also provide technical and regulatory analyses that may be necessary to obtain an air permit for the emergency generator system. With their expertise in the unique compliance requirements for major and minor facilities, they can help develop alternative plans and make recommendations for the use of emergency generators. 

Learn more about air permits for emergency generators in New Jersey with this infographic by Lockatong Engineering.