The following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have
the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
(1) Compliance history--The record of all notices from the
commission, including notices of violation from the executive director; and
of all orders of the commission, of any other agency or political subdivision
of the State of Texas and of the United States Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) pertaining to an applicant's adherence to environmental laws and rules
of the State of Texas or the United States; with the terms of any permit,
compliance agreement or order issued by the commission or the USEPA; and with
any final judicial decision or settlement addressing the applicant's adherence
to such environmental laws and rules. The history shall be for the five-year
period before the date on which the NOI is filed or, if an NOI is not required,
the five-year period before the permittee begins operating under the general
permit. It shall not include any order that is precluded by its terms or by
law from becoming part of the applicant's compliance history.
(2) General permit--A permit issued under the provisions
of this chapter authorizing the discharge of waste into or adjacent to water
in the state for one or more categories of waste discharge within a geographical
area of the state or the entire state as provided by Texas Water Code (TWC), §26.040.
(3) Individual permit--A permit, as defined in the TWC, §26.001,
issued by the commission or the executive director to a specific person or
persons in accordance with the procedures prescribed in the TWC, Chapter 26,
(other than TWC, §26.040).
(4) Notice of change or NOC--A written submittal to the
executive director from a discharger authorized under a general permit providing
changes to information previously provided to the agency, or any changes with
respect to the nature or operations of the facility, or the characteristics
of the discharge.
(5) Notice of intent or NOI--A written submittal to the
executive director from a discharger requesting coverage under the terms of
a general permit.
(6) Notice of termination or NOT--A written submittal
to the executive director from a discharger authorized under a general permit
requesting termination of coverage.
(7) Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES)--The
state program authorized under Clean Water Act, §§307, 318, 402,
and 405 for issuing, amending, terminating, monitoring, and enforcing permits,
and imposing and enforcing pretreatment requirements under the Texas Water
Code and Texas Administrative Code regulations.