|(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). Before issuing a certificate of registration, the executive director will review the application to determine whether the facility operations meet the requirements of §321.255 of this title (relating to General Requirements for Containment of Wastes and Pond(s)) and §321.256 of this title (relating to General Requirements for Land Application). (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 a facility which is operating under an agency wastewater discharge permit if the facility applies for registration prior to the expiration date of the permit. (d) Public notice provisions of this section do not apply to an existing facility which is not operating under an agency wastewater discharge permit if an application for registration is received by the executive director within 180 days after the date this rule takes effect. (e) Livestock trailer cleaning facilities that are currently operating under a
valid agency wastewater discharge permit may apply for registration of these operations prior to the expiration date of the permit. Upon issuance of the final registration, the executive director shall void the permit. This subchapter does not prevent the executive director from denying a registration application and requiring the facility to have a permit. (f) 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 180 days after the date this rule takes effect.