Title 30 TAC 116.610 - 617, June 18, 1997
Subchapter F Standard Permits§ 116.610 Applicability
§ 116.611 Registration Requirements
§ 116.614 Standard Permit Fees
§ 116.615 General Conditions
§ 116.617 Standard Permits for Pollution Control Projects
(a) Pursuant to the Texas Clean Air Act (TCAA), § 382.051, a project which meets the requirements for a standard permit listed in this subchapter is hereby entitled to the standard permit; provided the following conditions listed in this section are met. For the purposes of this subchapter, project means the construction or modification of a facility or a group of facilities submitted under the same registration claim.
(1) any project which results in a net increase in emissions of air contaminants from the project other than carbon dioxide, water, nitrogen, methane, ethane, hydrogen, oxygen, or those for which a National Ambient Air Quality Standard has been established must meet the emission limitations of § 106.261(3) or (4) or § 106.262(3) of this title (relating to Facilities (Emission Limitations), and Facilities (Emission and Distance Limitations)), unless otherwise specified by a particular standard permit;
(2) construction or operation of the project must be commenced prior to the effective date of a revision to this subchapter under which the project would no longer meet the requirements for a standard permit;
(3) the proposed project must comply with the applicable provisions of the Federal Clean Air Act (FCAA), § 111 (regarding Federal New Source Performance Standards) and § 112 (regarding Hazardous Air Pollutants);
(4) the owner or operator of the facility shall register the proposed project in accordance with § 116.611 of this title (relating to Registration Requirements).
(b) Any project, except those authorized under § 116.617 of this title (relating to Standard Permits for Pollution Control Projects), which constitutes a new major source, or major modification under the new source review requirements of the FCAA, Part C (Prevention of Significant Deterioration Review) or Part D (Nonattainment Review) and regulations promulgated thereunder is subject to the requirements of § 116.110 of this title (relating to Applicability) rather than this subchapter.
(c) Persons may not circumvent by artificial limitations the requirements of § 116.110 of this title.
(a) Registration for a standard permit shall be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, or hand delivered to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (commission) Office of Air Quality, the appropriate commission Regional Office, and any local air pollution program with jurisdiction, before a standard permit can be claimed. The registration must be submitted on a Form PI-1S and must document compliance with the requirements of this section, including, but not limited to:
(1) the basis of emission estimates;
(2) quantification of all emission increases and decreases associated with the project being registered;
(3) sufficient information as may be necessary to demonstrate that the project will comply with § 116.610(b) of this title (relating to Applicability);
(4) information that describes efforts to be taken to minimize any collateral emissions increases that will result from the project;
(5) a description of the project and related process; and
(6) a description of any equipment being installed.
(b) Construction may begin any time after receipt of written notification from the executive director that there are no objections or 45 days after receipt by the executive director of the registration, whichever occurs first, except where a different time period is specified for a particular standard permit.
(c) Any person claiming a standard permit may certify and register a federally enforceable emission limitation for one or more air contaminants by stating a maximum allowable emission rate in the registration. The certification may be amended and must include documentation of the basis of emission estimates and a written statement by the registrant certifying that the maximum emission rates listed on the registration reflect the reasonably anticipated maximums for operation of the facility. The certified registration shall be maintained on-site and be provided upon request to a representative of the executive director or any air pollution control agency having jurisdiction. For facilities that normally operate unattended, this information shall be maintained at the nearest staffed location within Texas specified by the standard permit holder in the standard permit registration.
Any person who claims a standard permit shall remit, at the time of registration, a flat fee of $450 for each standard permit claimed. All standard permit fees will be remitted in the form of a check or money order made payable to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) and delivered with the permit registration to the TNRCC, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas 78753. No fees will be refunded.
The following general conditions are applicable to holders of standard permits, but will not necessarily be specifically stated within the standard permit document.
(1) Protection of public health and welfare. The emissions from the facility must comply with all applicable rules and regulations of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (commission) adopted under the Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 382, and with intent of the Texas Clean Air Act (TCAA), including protection of health and property of the public.
(2) Standard permit representations. All representations with regard to construction plans, operating procedures, and maximum emission rates in any registration for a standard permit become conditions upon which the facility or changes thereto, must be constructed and operated. It is unlawful for any person to vary from such representations if the change will affect that person's right to claim a standard permit under this section. Any change in condition such that a person is no longer eligible to claim a standard permit under this section requires proper authorization under § 116.110 of this title (relating to Applicability). If the facility remains eligible for a standard permit, the owner or operator of the facility shall notify the executive director of any change in conditions which will result in a change in the method of control of emissions, a change in the character of the emissions, or an increase in the discharge of the various emissions as compared to the representations in the original registration or any previous notification of a change in representations. Notice of changes in representations must be received by the executive director no later than 30 days after the change.
(3) Standard permit in lieu of permit amendment. All changes authorized by standard permit to a facility previously permitted pursuant to § 116.110 of this title shall be administratively incorporated into that facility's permit at such time as the permit is amended or renewed.
(4) Construction progress. Start of construction, construction interruptions exceeding 45 days, and completion of construction shall be reported to the appropriate regional office not later than 15 working days after occurrence of the event, except where a different time period is specified for a particular standard permit.
(5) Start-up notification. The appropriate air program regional office of the commission and any other air pollution control program having jurisdiction shall be notified prior to the commencement of operations of the facilities authorized by the standard permit in such a manner that a representative of the executive director may be present. For phased construction, which may involve a series of units commencing operations at different times, the owner or operator of the facility shall provide separate notification for the commencement of operations for each unit. A particular standard permit may modify start-up notification requirements.
(6) Sampling requirements. If sampling of stacks or process vents is required, the standard permit holder shall contact the Office of Air Quality and any other air pollution control program having jurisdiction prior to sampling to obtain the proper data forms and procedures. All sampling and testing procedures must be approved by the executive director and coordinated with the regional representatives of the commission. The standard permit holder is also responsible for providing sampling facilities and conducting the sampling operations or contracting with an independent sampling consultant.
(7) Equivalency of methods. The standard permit holder shall demonstrate or otherwise justify the equivalency of emission control methods, sampling or other emission testing methods, and monitoring methods proposed as alternatives to methods indicated in the conditions of the standard permit. Alternative methods must be applied for in writing and must be reviewed and approved by the executive director prior to their use in fulfilling any requirements of the standard permit.
(8) Recordkeeping. A copy of the standard permit along with information and data sufficient to demonstrate applicability of and compliance with the standard permit shall be maintained in a file at the plant site and made available at the request of representatives of the executive director, United States Environmental Protection Agency, or any air pollution control program having jurisdiction. For facilities that normally operate unattended, this information shall be maintained at the nearest staffed location within Texas specified by the standard permit holder in the standard permit registration. This information must include, but is not limited to, production records and operating hours. Additional recordkeeping requirements may be specified in the conditions of the standard permit. Information and data sufficient to demonstrate applicability of and compliance with the standard permit must be retained for at least two years following the date that the information or data is obtained. The copy of the standard permit must be maintained as a permanent record.
(9) Maintenance of emission control. The facilities covered by the standard permit may not be operated unless all air pollution emission capture and abatement equipment is maintained in good working order and operating properly during normal facility operations. Notification for upsets and maintenance shall be made in accordance with § 101.6 and § 101.7 of this title (relating to Notification Requirements for Major Upset and Notification Requirements for Maintenance).
(10) Compliance with rules. Registration of a standard permit by a standard permit applicant constitutes an acknowledgment and agreement that the holder will comply with all rules, regulations, and orders of the commission issued in conformity with the TCAA and the conditions precedent to the claiming of the standard permit. If more than one state or federal rule or regulation or permit condition are applicable, the most stringent limit or condition governs. Acceptance includes consent to the entrance of commission employees and designated representatives of any air pollution control program having jurisdiction into the permitted premises at reasonable times to investigate conditions relating to the emission or concentration of air contaminants, including compliance with the standard permit.
This standard permit applies to the installation of emissions control equipment or implementation of control techniques as required by any governmental standard, or undertaken voluntarily, or to replace existing emission control equipment or control techniques. This standard permit also authorizes the substitution of compounds used in manufacturing processes for the purpose of complying with governmental standards or to reduce emission effects.
(1) The emissions limitations of § 106.261(3) or (4) and § 106.262(3) of this title (relating to Facilities (Emission Limitations), and Facilities (Emission and Distance Limitations)), referenced in § 116.610(a)(1) of this title (relating to Applicability) do not apply to this standard permit. This standard permit cannot be used if the registrant receives notification that in the opinion of the executive director there are significant health effects concerns resulting from an increase in emissions of any air contaminant other than those for which a National Ambient Air Quality Standard has been established, until those concerns are addressed by the registrant to the satisfaction of the executive director.
(2) The time period of 45 days in § 116.611(b) of this title (relating to Registration Requirements) is modified to 30 days.
(3) Sections § 116.615(4) and (5) of this title (relating to General Conditions) are not applicable to this standard permit.
(4) Replacement projects are subject to the following:
(A) The replacement emissions control equipment or control technique must be at least as effective an air pollution control method as the emissions control equipment or control technique being replaced. Equipment installed under this section is subject to all applicable testing and recordkeeping requirements.
(B) The replacement of emissions control equipment or control technique under this section is not limited to the method of control currently in place. Any type of control equipment or control technique may be replaced with any other type of control equipment or control technique as long as all other requirements of this standard permit are met.
(C) If the replacement project does not result in an increase in emissions of any air contaminant, the owner or operator of the facility shall submit registration notice not later than 30 days after the operation of the replacement project begins. If the replacement project will result in an increase of any air contaminant, the registration time period requirements of paragraph (2) of this section are applicable.
(5) Installation of the control equipment or implementation of the control technique must not result in an increase in the facility's production capacity unless the capacity increase occurs solely as a result of the installation of control equipment or the implementation of control techniques on existing units. This paragraph is not intended to limit the owner or operator's ability to recover lost capacity caused by a derate resulting from the installation of control equipment or the implementation of a control technique.
(A) The owner or operator shall obtain or qualify for any necessary authorization pursuant to § 116.110 of this title (relating to Applicability) or § 116.116 of this title (relating to Changes to Facilities) prior to utilizing any production capacity increase from a pollution control project required by any governmental standard that:
(i) results in the exceedance of any emission limit in an existing permit, other authorization, or grandfathered baseline; or
(ii) results in an emissions increase which exceeds the emission reduction due to the installation of control equipment or implementation of control techniques.
(B) Any production capacity increase resulting from the voluntary installation of controls or the implementation of control techniques may not be utilized until the owner or operator obtains or qualifies for any necessary authorization pursuant to § 116.110 or § 116.116 of this title.
(6) Any emission increase of an air contaminant must occur solely as a result of the installation of control equipment or implementation of a control technique authorized by this section. Emissions increases associated with recovering a derate resulting from the installation of control equipment or the implementation of a control technique are not prohibited by this paragraph.
(7) Installation of emission control equipment or implementation of a control technique may not include the installation of a new production facility, reconstruction of a production facility as defined in 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 60.15(b)(1) and (c), or complete replacement of an existing production facility.
(8) If the project, without consideration of any other increases or decreases not related to the project, will result in a significant net increase in emissions of any criteria pollutant, a person claiming this standard permit shall submit, with the registration, information sufficient to demonstrate that the increase will meet the conditions of subparagraph (A) of this paragraph.
(A) The net emissions increase may not:
(i) considering the emission reductions that will result from the project, cause or contribute to a violation of any national ambient air quality standard;
(ii) cause or contribute to a violation of any Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) increment; or
(iii) cause or contribute to a violation of any PSD visibility limitation.
(B) For purposes of this section, "significant net increase" means those emissions increases resulting solely from the installation of control equipment or implementation of control techniques that are equal to or greater than:
(i) the major modification threshold listed in § 116.12 of this title (relating to Nonattainment Review Definitions), Table I, for pollutants for which the area is designated as nonattainment, or for precursors to these pollutants; or
(ii) significant as defined in Title 40 CFR § 52.21(b)(23) (effective July 20, 1993) for pollutants for which the area is designated attainment or unclassifiable, or for precursors to these pollutants.
(C) Netting is not required when determining whether this demonstration must be made for the proposed project. The increases and decreases in emissions resulting from the project must be included in any future netting calculation if they are determined to be otherwise creditable under PSD and nonattainment new source review provisions of the Federal Clean Air Act (FCAA), Parts C and D and regulations promulgated thereunder.
(9) For purposes of compliance with the PSD and nonattainment new source review provisions of the FCAA, Parts C and D and regulations promulgated thereunder, any increase that is less than significant, or satisfies the requirements of paragraph (8) of this section does not constitute a physical change or a change in the method of operation. For purposes of compliance with the Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources regulations promulgated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency at 40 CFR § 60.14 (effective December 16, 1975), an increase that satisfies the requirements of paragraph (8) of this section also satisfies the requirements of 40 CFR § 60.14(e)(5).
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