Public Hearing for Rule Revisions to Allow Electronic Submittal of Documents


Purpose: To receive comments on the proposed amendments to eighteen rules in 15A NCAC, Subchapters 02D and 02Q, to allow electronic submittal of documents. Also, to receive comment on the accompanying regulatory impact analysis for the proposed amendments.

The rules in 15A NCAC, Subchapters 02D and 02Q, currently require many applications, reports, and other documentation to be submitted to the Division of Air Quality (DAQ) in hard copy format, sometimes requiring multiple paper copies. Further, submittals related to federal regulations, such as Title V permit applications, can only be provided electronically if submitted through a system that is approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) as compliant with the Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule (CROMERR) under 40 CFR Part 3.

The amendments proposed in this rulemaking are primarily to allow an option for the DAQ to receive applications, records, and other documents electronically where paper copy submissions are currently required, once the DAQ has developed and made available a system for receiving such records in electronic format. The proposed revisions also include other minor changes throughout the rules to align with and complement the Department’s transition to an electronic records storage system and allow electronic fee payments.


Public Hearing Date and Location: February 21, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. at the DEQ Green Square Office Building, 1st Floor Training Room (#1210), 217 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27603; or via Cisco Webex Digital Hearing:

Participants can join the meeting starting at 5:45 PM

Cisco WebEx Link:

Meeting Number (Access Code):
US TOLL +1-415-655-0003, Access code: 2430 592 4126

Meeting Password: NCDAQ

*If you wish to speak at the digital public hearing, you must register, provide the required information, and follow instructions on ways to join the public hearing. Registration must be completed by 4:00 PM on February 21, 2023. To register, please click the following link:

*For instructions on ways to join the public hearing, please refer to the following link:

*If you have technical difficulties, the following automated voicemail has been set up to receive your verbal comments: 919-707-8429

Comment Period Duration: Tuesday, January 17, 2023 - Monday, March 20, 2023

Please submit comments via any of the methods below:

Email: (Please type “Electronic Documents Rule Revisions” in the subject line)

Postal Mail:  Rule Development Branch Supervisor
                     NC Division of Air Quality
                     1641 Mail Service Center
                     Raleigh, NC 27699-1641

Fax:  (919) 715-0717 (Please address it to “Rule Development Branch Supervisor”)

Voicemail: (919) 707-8429 (Please state your name and any affiliation before commenting)

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