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November 9, 2016: HGB and 1997 8-Hour Ozone Redesignation Substitute
While TCEQ staff can provide information regarding TCEQ's rules and permitting practices, TCEQ staff cannot provide legal advice. The information provided below is not legal advice, is not a final decision of the Commission, and does not bind the Commission's authority in any way in any future action.
EPA proposed approval of a redesignation substitute and finding of attainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS for the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (HGB) area on May 25, 2016; and the final approval notice was published on November 8, 2016 with an effective date of December 8, 2016. The HGB area is currently designated nonattainment for the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS, classified as marginal. However, the HGB area did not attain the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS by its marginal attainment date of July 20, 2015, and is expected to be reclassified to moderate with a new attainment date of July 20, 2018. EPA proposed the reclassification on September 27, 2016, and is expected to finalize the reclassification sometime in December, 2016.
Under EPA and TCEQ rules, applicable NSR major source / modification thresholds are determined according to the most stringent nonattainment area classification for all NAAQS for which the area is nonattainment. All applications for NSR authorizations for new construction or modification of facilities or emissions units that will be located in any area designated as nonattainment for ozone as of the date of issuance of the permit are subject to the nonattainment requirements of 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 116, Subchapter B, Division 5, unless certain specified criteria apply on the date of issuance of the permit. See 30 TAC Section 116.150(a).
This means that when the redesignation substitute and finding of attainment for the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS becomes effective on December 8, 2016, all pending NSR applications (those not issued) are subject to the applicable classification for the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS, which for a short time could mean pending applications will be processed according to the marginal major source thresholds and emission offset requirements. Every affected pending application will be evaluated by the assigned permit staff to determine how it will be impacted by this transition. Each applicant should discuss their particular application status with the assigned permit staff to evaluate the application changes appropriate and necessary for their application.
For any questions regarding permitting please contact Betsy Peticolas of the Air Permits Division at 512-239-6033. For any questions related to pending legal challenges contact the Environmental Law Division at 512-239-0600.
September 22, 2016: Guidance on Expedited Air Permits Process
In order to provide a high level of efficient service and commitment to the processing of all expedited applications, with additional resources, the TCEQ has finalized a few changes to the Expedited Air Permits Process. Beginning October 1, 2016, surcharge payments must be submitted at the time of the expedited request. Updated guidance to Implementation of the Expedited Permitting Program.
In addition, to ensure the most effective processing of all expedite applications, responses to any requests for information should be provided in a timely manner. Projects with delayed responses, deficient or incomplete responses, or other excessive applicant initiated delays will be removed from the expedited permitting program and the remaining surcharge refunded.