|(a) An applicant must apply for registration on a form approved by the executive director. A completed application shall be submitted to the agency's Wastewater Permits Section (MC 148). An existing facility that does not hold a valid agency wastewater discharge permit must submit an application for registration or an application for a permit within 365 days after the date this rule takes effect. Before issuing a certificate of registration, the executive director will review the application to determine whether the facility operations meet the requirements of §321.215 of this title (relating to General Requirements for Discharge) and §321.216 of this title (relating to Specific Requirements for Discharge). (b) The executive director may take action on an application to issue a certificate of registration, provided: (1) At least 30 days prior to approving an application and issuing the certificate of
registration, notice of the application has been provided by the applicant, at the applicant's cost: (A) in a newspaper regularly published and generally circulated within the county and area wherein the proposed facility and discharge is to be located; (B) in writing by certified mail (return receipt requested) to the county judge of the county in which the facility is to be located and also when the facility is to be located within the jurisdictional boundaries of a city or town, to the mayor of that city or town; and (C) the notices of application are provided in a format approved by the commission and shall fairly set forth the substance of the application and proposed action, including but not limited to, the general location of any point of discharge, the method of obtaining additional information about the application, and the method for submitting comment on the application. (2) With
any application for a registration, submitted pursuant to this subchapter, the applicant shall also provide proof to the executive director that public notice was provided in accordance with paragraph (1) of this subsection. The proof shall be provided within 14 days of obtaining the following information, which shall consist of: (A) a signed affidavit from the publisher acknowledging that the notice was published, indicating the date of publication, and providing a copy of the newspaper clipping; and (B) a sworn statement from the applicant that written notice was mailed to the appropriate entities, identified in this subsection, along with a copy(s) of the return receipt acknowledgment from the U.S. Postal Service. (3) The application, including the material required by paragraph (2) of this subsection, shall be mailed to the agency's Wastewater Permits Section (MC 148). The application shall undergo review by the
executive director following the determination that notice requirements of this section are met. (4) Any pertinent comments received by the executive director prior to the end of the 30-day period, after all the notices have been provided, will be considered as a part of any decision of approval, denial, or modification of a request for registration from an applicant. The executive director shall mail notice of the final decision to the applicant and to any other person who submitted comments on the application. (c) The public notice provisions of this section do not apply to an existing facility which is operating under an existing agency wastewater discharge permit if the facility applies for registration prior to the expiration date of the permit. (d) An existing facility which does not hold a valid agency wastewater discharge permit must submit an application for registration or an application for a permit within 365
days after the date this rule takes effect. Public notice provisions of this section do not apply to an existing facility if an application for registration is received by the executive director within 365 days after the date this rule takes effect.