The Catholic University of America

Summary of Federal Laws

Environmental Laws

Compliance Partners

Director of EHS
Industrial Hygienist/Biosafety Officer

Clean Air Act

42 U.S.C. § 7401 et seq.; 40 C.F.R. Part 50.1 et seq., 48 C.F.R. § 52.223-2.; Exec. Order No. 11,738 

Title V (Permits)

Regulates emissions into the air. HVAC systems must meet federal requirements for minimizing the release of ozone depleting substances. Printing and publication facilities that use solvent-based inks may be subject to federal regulation under the Clean Air Act.

Requires annual fees to be paid based upon total tons of actual emissions of each regulated pollutant. Requires a semi-annual report to the permissing authority. Each permit issued sets forth inspection, monitoring, entry, compliance certification and reporting requirements. States may also set forth additional permitting requirements.

A government contractor must certify that it is in compliance.

Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases, Final Rule, 74 Fed. Reg. 56260 (Oct. 30, 2009)

The final rule is effective Dec. 29, 2009. The US EPA will require reporting of all facilities that release annual emissions of 25,000 megatons CO2 equivalent. See the CO2 Info Analysis Q & A for information on calculations. See page 261 for the source category for IHEs likely to be affected. Institutions with an aggregate maximum rated heat input capacity from all stationary fuel combustion units in excess of 30 million British Thermal Units (BTUs) per hour, and with annual CO2 emissions of 25,000 metric tons or more, are subject to the rule's recordkeeping and reporting requirements. Even if the IHE does not meet the threshold for reporting, making sure the school is not yet at the threshhold will require recordkeeping. Initial reports for calendear year 2010 are due on March 31, 2011. Covered institutions must also have a written GHG monitoring plan in place by April 1, 2010. See also the NACUBO bulletin on this final rule, which include a flow chart, table model, FAQ and other resources.


EPA Air webpage



updated links 12-29-17