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Applying for Coverage under the Aquaculture General Permit TXG130000

Requirements for obtaining coverage under General Permit TXG130000 to discharge wastewater from an aquaculture facility. Links to the permit, relevant forms, and instructions.

Requirements for obtaining coverage under General Permit TXG130000 to discharge wastewater from an aquaculture facility. Links to the permit, relevant forms, and instructions.

Before discharging into or adjacent to water in the state of Texas, you must do the following:

After obtaining coverage:

1. Review your facility's compliance history ranking(HTML)

      1. If your facility has a ranking of “high performer”, “satisfactory performer,” or "inadequate information," continue with Item 2.
      2. If the compliance history ranking is “unsatisfactory performer,” then your facility is not eligible for coverage under a general permit. You must apply for an individual permit instead.

2. Read the Aquaculture General Permit (TXG130000)Microsoft Word Document to make sure it applies to your situation.

      1. If the general permit does NOT apply, you may need to obtain an individual permit.
      2. If the general permit does apply, continue with item 3.

3. Determine if a Notice of Intent is required to obtain coverage under the general permit.

a. If you operate one of the following types of operations, you do not need to submit a Notice of Intent to obtain coverage under the general permit. Complete and submit Attachment A at the end of the permit and comply with the requirements of the general permit.

        • retail bait dealers;
        • discharges resulting from the production of crawfish in conjunction with rice farming;
        • ponds used as pay lakes;
        • facilities that exclusively utilize closed ponds;
        • public or commercial aquariums;
        • aquarium suppliers;
        • live fish hauling tanks;
        • any aquaculture facility that utilizes cages or other enclosures placed within public waters for the propagation or rearing of aquatic species with a harvest weight equal to or less than 10,000 pounds per year; or
        • facilities that temporarily hold and do not feed aquatic species.

b. If you operate any other type of aquaculture facilities, you must submit a Notice of Intent and pay an application fee to obtain coverage under the general permit.

Submit a Notice of Intent Microsoft Word Document(NOI) to:

Applications Review and Processing Team MC 148

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

P.O. Box 13087

Austin, Texas 78711-3087

Submit an application fee (see Part VI of the permit) to:

Financial Administrative Division Revenue Section MC 214

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

P.O. Box 13088

Austin TX 78711-3088

or paid online by ePay.

    4. After you apply for coverage:

    a. Authorization under the terms and conditions of this general permit begins when the applicant is issued authorization of coverage.

    b. After TCEQ review, you will receive one of the following:

        1. A Notice of Deficiency, in which case you will have 30 days in which to respond.
        2. A Denial Letter informing you that coverage has been denied (usually the result of information requested in a Notice of Deficiency letter not being fully provided).
        3. Your authorization certificate.

    5. After obtaining coverage under this permit, you will need to do the following:

      1. Adhere to the requirements of the general permit
      2. Complete and submit the EPA's Discharge Monitoring Report Form (3320-1), as required.
      3. If the owner or operator changes, the present owner and operator must submit a Notice of TerminationMicrosoft Word Document (NOT) and the new owner and operator must submit a NOI. The NOT and NOI must be submitted at least 10 days before the changes. d. If the discharge becomes unnecessary, is delayed or is completed, the permittee may voluntarily terminate coverage by submitting a NOT.

    Even if the general permit described above applies to your situation, you may request coverage under an individual permit (HTML).

    Contact us if you have questions.