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RULE §116.114Application Review Schedule

(a) Review schedule. The executive director shall review permit applications in accordance with the following.

  (1) Notice of completion or deficiency. The executive director shall mail written notification informing the applicant that the application is complete or that it is deficient within 90 days of receipt of the application for a new permit, or amendment to a permit or special permit.

    (A) If the application is deficient, the notification must state:

      (i) the additional information required; and

      (ii) the intent of the executive director to void the application if information for a complete application is not submitted.

    (B) Additional information may be requested within 60 days of receipt of the information provided in response to the deficiency notification.

  (2) Preliminary decision to approve or disapprove the application. The executive director shall conduct a technical review and send written notice to the applicant of the preliminary decision to approve or not approve the application within 180 days from receipt of a completed permit application or 150 days from receipt of a completed permit amendment. If the applicant has provided Notice of Receipt of Application and Intent to Obtain Permit public notification as required by the executive director under Chapter 39 of this title (relating to Public Notice), one of the following shall apply:

    (A) if comments are received on the proposed facility and replied to by the executive director in accordance with §39.420 of this title (relating to Transmittal of the Executive Director's Response to Comments and Decision) and §55.156 of this title (relating to Public Comment Processing); and

    (B) if no requests for public hearing or public meeting on the proposed facility have been received or the application is otherwise exempt under §39.419(e) of this title (relating to Notice of Application and Preliminary Decision), the executive director shall send a copy of the Preliminary Decision to the applicant; or

    (C) if Notice of Application and Preliminary Decision is required under §39.419(e) of this title, the executive director shall authorize this notice and send copies to the applicant and all other persons are required under §39.602 of this title (relating to Mailed Notice).

  (3) Review schedule for Advanced Clean Energy Projects. In addition to the applicable requirements and deadlines specified in subsections (a) - (c) of this section, the following deadlines apply to permit applications for advanced clean energy projects as defined in Texas Health and Safety Code, §382.003, Definitions:

    (A) As authorized by federal law, not later than nine months after the executive director declares an application for a permit under this chapter for an advanced clean energy project to be administratively complete, the executive director shall complete its technical review of the application.

    (B) The commission shall issue a final order issuing or denying the permit not later than nine months after the executive director declares the application technically complete. The commission may extend this deadline up to three months if it determines that the number of complex pending applications for permits under this chapter will prevent the commission from meeting this deadline without creating an extraordinary burden on the resources of the commission.

  (4) Refund of permit fee.

    (A) If the time limits provided in this section to process an application are exceeded, the applicant may appeal in writing to the executive director for a refund of the permit fee.

    (B) The permit fee shall be reimbursed if it is determined by the executive director that the specified period was exceeded without good cause, as provided in Texas Civil Statutes, Article 6252-13b.1, §3.

(b) Voiding of deficient application.

  (1) An applicant shall make a good faith effort to submit, in a timely manner, adequate information which demonstrates that the requirements for obtaining a permit or permit amendment are met in response to any deficiency notification issued by the executive director under the provisions of this section, or Chapter 39 of this title.

  (2) If an applicant fails to make such good faith effort after two written notices of deficiency, the executive director shall void the application and notify the applicant of the voidance and the remaining deficiencies in the voided application. If a new application is submitted within six months of the voidance, it shall meet the requirements of §116.111 of this title (relating to General Application) but will be exempt from the requirements of §116.140 of this title (relating to Applicability).

(c) Notification of executive director's decision.

  (1) Notification to applicant. The executive director or the chief clerk shall send to the applicant the decision to approve or not approve the application if:

    (A) no timely requests for reconsideration, contested case hearing, or public meeting on the proposed facility have been received; or

    (B) if hearing requests have been received and withdrawn before the executive director's Preliminary Decision; or

    (C) the application is for any amendment, modification, or renewal application that would not result in an increase in allowable emissions and would not result in the emission of an air contaminant not previously emitted; and

    (D) the applicant has satisfied all public notification requirements of Chapter 39 of this title.

  (2) Notification to commenters. Persons submitting written comments under Chapter 39 of this title shall be sent the executive director's final action and given an explanation of the opportunity to file a motion under §50.139 of this title (relating to Motion to Overturn Executive Director's Decision) at the same time that the applicant is notified. If the number of interested persons who have requested notification makes it impracticable for the commission to notify those persons by mail, the commission shall notify those persons by publication using the method prescribed by Texas Health and Safety Code, §382.031(a).

  (3) Time limits. The executive director shall send notification of final action within:

    (A) one year after receipt of a complete prevention of significant deterioration or nonattainment permit application, or a complete permit application for an action under Subchapter C of this chapter (relating to Plant-Wide Applicability Limits);

    (B) 180 days of receipt of a completed permit or permit renewal application; or

    (C) 150 days of receipt of a permit amendment or special permit amendment application.

Source Note: The provisions of this §116.114 adopted to be effective July 8, 1998, 23 TexReg 6973; amended to be effective September 23, 1999, 24 TexReg 8296; amended to be effective September 14, 2003, 28 TexReg 7763; amended to be effective January 10, 2008, 33 TexReg 190; amended to be effective June 24, 2010, 35 TexReg 5331; amended to be effective November 22, 2018, 43 TexReg 7540

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