Strategic Services


Services to the Biofuels

Biofuels are one of the fastest growing industries today, with the race to market new fuels driving the development of biofuels facilities. But just because you have a good formula and a building doesn’t mean that you are in business. While the complex regulatory issues associated with producing and refining biofuels are still being defined, one thing is certain: without the right permits, your operations may be never be more than a high-tech experiment.

Sage helps facility owners turn innovations into successful business ventures. Our technical and regulatory experts have been down this road with chemical facilities and refineries that experienced similar regulatory uncertainties years ago. That experience has taught us how to anticipate ways to efficiently comply with current and pending regulations. We get your biofuels product to the finish line faster—and give you the competitive edge in an industry where timing is everything.

We help you determine:

  1. Where you will put it. We are well-versed in site planning and thorough location assessments to uncover what your facility may encounter regarding potential compliance obligations, pollution allowances, and technology requirements.

  2. What you need to build it. Strategic environmental planning allows us to assess all the regulatory issues associated with your particular location and facility, including evolving GHG permits and obtaining the proper RIN credits.

  3. How long it will take. The time it takes to obtain authorizations is often overlooked but can severely impact timelines—from facility design through operational startup.

  4. How you will get it permitted. We manage the complex permitting process and coordinate requirements between the facility, engineering, construction, and regulatory entities.

  5. What you need to do once you’re operational. Once your facility is operational, we provide the ongoing support needed to comply with state and federal regulations—and eliminate pitfalls that lead to operational delays.


While we offer a broad range of services, our wealth of knowledge in programs such as air permitting and compliance, air quality modeling, RFS2 RIN credits, leak detection and repair (LDAR), and strategic environmental planning serve as the backbone for the experience needed by the cutting-edge biofuels industry. We’ve obtained permits for biofuels facilities from coast to coast and understand the unique nature of the industry—from the technologies developed and used to produce alternative fuels to the spirit that fosters such innovations.

Beyond that, we understand the business side of compliance and are uniquely qualified to ensure that your biofuels facility operates within all applicable compliance standards. Our services are designed to maximize your operational flexibility and ensure your business success:


New Source Review (NSR) Authorization

  • Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Reviews and Permits
  • Non-attainment New Source Review (NNSR) Pre-construction Permits
  • Standard Exemptions, Permits by Rule
  • Mass Cap-and-Trade Program Assessments and Support

Enforcement & Compliance Assistance

  • Compliance Strategy Development
  • Agency Negotiation
  • Emission Control Strategies

Title V Operating Permits

  • Permit Applications
  • Compliance Programs (Recordkeeping, Reporting, and Monitoring)

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Permitting and Compliance Assistance

  • GHG Permitting Support
  • GHG Applicability Development
  • GHG Biofuel Exemption Strategies
  • Regulatory Development Tracking
  • Emission Reduction Strategies
  • Energy Conservation Strategies
  • Recordkeeping and Reporting Systems

Additional Air Quality Compliance Offerings

  • Emissions Inventories
  • Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) 312 & 313
  • Compliance Audits
  • MACT Compliance Program Assistance
  • Risk Management Plans (RMP)
  • Onsite Compliance Assistance
  • Environmental Management System (EMS) Development and Assistance
  • Strategic Environmental Planning


Complete Model Preparation

  • Negotiation of Modeling Strategy with Regulatory Agencies
  • Completing Modeling Protocols and Checklists
  • Obtaining and Importing USGS Maps and Aerial Photographs
  • Preparation of Facility Plot Plans
  • Interpretation of Results
  • Graphical Presentation of Results (Surfer, AutoCAD, or GIS)

Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Modeling

  • Preliminary Impact Modeling
  • National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) Full Impact Modeling
  • PSD Increment Modeling

State NAAQS Modeling

  • Simplified Version of PSD Preliminary Impact, PSD NAAQS, and PSD Increment Analyses

State Property Line or Equivalent Monitoring

  • Modeling to Demonstrate Compliance with State Standards

Health Effects Evaluations

  • Tiered Approach to Modeling
  • Screening Out Chemicals to Reduce Modeling Burden
  • Application of Ratioing Techniques to Reduce Modeling Burden
  • Preliminary Modeling to Avoid Site-wide Modeling
  • Air Toxics and Equivalent Modeling
  • Energy Conservation Strategies
  • Recordkeeping and Reporting Systems

Emissions Events (Upsets)

  • Instantaneous Release (Puff) Modeling
  • Comparison of Model Results with Air Monitoring Data
  • Episodic Models
  • Climatological Models
  • Disaster Models

Environmental Impact Studies for Construction Projects in Foreign Countries


LDAR Program Development

  • LDAR Program Development and Startup
  • Equipment Leak Emission Estimates
  • LDAR Program Manuals
  • Reporting Requirements Compliance
  • Program Enhancements
  • LDAR Management System Development
  • Effective Staffing and Staff Development


  • Method 21 (Classroom and Practical)
  • LDAR Regulations
  • Low-leaking LDAR Equipment Standards
  • LDAR Equipment Considerations (analyzers, calibration, data logging, accessories and safety equipment)
  • Smart LDAR
  • Regulatory Audit Planning and Preparation
  • Fugitive Emission Estimation
  • Quality Assurance/Management Systems
  • Database Auditing Techniques

Smart LDAR

  • Design and Optimization of Alternate Work Practice (AWP) Programs
  • Design of Optical Imaging Demonstrations and Special Studies
  • Mass Emission Measurement to Define Optical Imaging Sensitivity
  • Infrared Imaging Survey Work
  • Rule Interpretation for Smart LDAR
  • Alternative Work Practice (AW) Cost Feasibility Studies


Biofuels Industry Team Leads

As Sage’s Biofuels Industry Team Lead, Stephen Sexton’s primary focus is on helping biofuels facilities understand, obtain, and maintain their compliance obligations. Stephen has worked on biofuels permitting projects across the country—from design through permit issuance—and excels at permitting activities involving large-scale capital projects.

Troy Boley has assisted with multi-media permitting for new facilities on both Greenfield and Brownfield locations. Troy’s objective for new business ventures has always been “compliance on day 1” and he seeks to integrate environmental permitting with facility safety and overall optimal performance. Troy has worked on biofuel and ethanol projects entailing RFS2 applications, engineering assessments, alcohol permitting at State and Federal levels, and related environmental permitting.

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Sage understands how important it is to protect cutting-edge technologies and we adhere to the strictest levels of confidentiality. Sage implements best management practices for safeguarding electronic information stored on servers and individual computers and shredding discarded draft documents pertaining to proprietary intellectual property and attorney-privileged information. Your innovations are safe with us.

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