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Soil Cleanup

A typical soil and/or groundwater remediation system consists of both a vapor extraction system used to extract vapors from the contaminated area and a control device used to control emissions from the vapor extraction system.  The types of systems included in this manual are in-situ soil vapor extraction systems (SVE), ex-situ soil burners, air stripping systems, ex-situ soil aeration, bioremediation projects, contaminated soil excavations, contaminated soil stockpiles, and air pollution control devices for soil and groundwater remediation.    

​Who Needs a Permit?

A Permit to Operate is required for each of the following pieces of equipment or ex-situ soil remediation projects:

  • Portable or stationary in-situ soil vapor extraction systems, ex-situ soil burners (rotary kiln), soil aeration, or soil excavations unless exempt.  

  •  Portable or stationary air stripping units for groundwater treatment systems including well manifold and blower motor unless exempt. 

  • Portable or stationary air pollution control system: carbon adsorption.

  • Portable or stationary air pollution control system: oxidizers/HCL scrubbers/baghouses.

  • Portable or stationary air pollution control system: IC engines/three-way catalytic converters.

  • Portable or stationary air strippers.

  • All other mobile or stationary air pollution control systems.

  • Portable internal combustion (IC) engines greater than 50 horsepower as determined by test procedure SAE J1349 or SAE J1995 or IC engines that are less than 50 horsepower and are used as an emission control device for a duration longer than 5 days.  

  • All ex-situ soil aeration projects unless exempt.

  • Ozone injection systems or air sparge systems (unless exempt).

  • Returning to a site to perform a second pilot test resulting in a cumulative onsite time of more than 5 days unless exempt.

Permit Fees 

New Installations:

  • Use Schedule 1 (see Rule 301, Section 308.2).  Fees are based on the rated horsepower of the electric blower motor. 

  • Use the Initial Permit Fee column for new installations or equipment not previously permitted.

  • Systems using an IC engine as an emission control device and to drive a soil vapor extraction blower: Use Schedule 9 (see Rule 301, Section 308.10).

  • For modifications of permitted equipment resulting in an increase in the equipment horsepower, the fee is assessed in accordance with fee Schedule 1 (Rule 301, Section 306.1).

Change of Location or Ownership: 

  • When an application is filed for a permit because ownership has been transferred from one person to another, the applicant will pay a permit fee equivalent to the permit renewal fee specified in Rule 301, Section 303.  

Equipment Installed Without an Authority to Construct: 

  • As per Section 302.1 of Rule 301, any person installing/operating regulated equipment without obtaining a permit from the Sac Metro Air District first will be required to pay permit renewal back fees for each year of unpermitted operation, to a maximum of 3 years, in addition to the initial permit fee. 

Permit Application Completeness Determination

An application will not be accepted for processing until it is deemed complete. The following will be required in order for the Sac Metro Air District to make a completeness determination.

  • Completed application Forms G100, G101, and HRA100. Depending on the control device used, you will also need SVE101, SVE102, and/or SVE103.  All forms should be submitted with the original signature of the owner/proprietor or responsible officer of the company.

  • The applicable permit fee in accordance with Rule 301.

  • Any additional information that may be requested in order to perform a health risk assessment or to better understand the process or the applicability of regulations.

Supplemental Forms

Related Rules

Rule Date Last Amended
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