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RULE §17.2Definitions

Unless specifically defined in the Texas Clean Air Act (TCAA), the Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act (TSWDA), the Texas Water Code (TWC), the Texas Tax Code (TTC), or the Texas Health and Safety Code (THSC), or in the rules of the commission, the terms used by the commission have the meanings commonly ascribed to them in the fields of pollution control or property taxation. In addition to the terms that are defined by Chapter 3 of this title (relating to Definitions), the TCAA, the TSWDA, TWC, TTC, and THSC, the following words and terms, when used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.

  (1) Capital cost new--The estimated total capital cost of the equipment or process.

  (2) Capital cost old--The cost of the equipment that is being or has been replaced by the equipment covered in an application. The value of this variable in the cost analysis procedure is calculated using one of the four hierarchal methods for this variable in the figure in §17.17(b)(1) of this title (relating to Partial Determinations).

  (3) Cost analysis procedure--A procedure that uses cost accounting principles to calculate the percentage of a project or process that qualifies for a positive use determination as pollution control property.

  (4) Environmental benefit--The prevention, monitoring, control, or reduction of air, water, and/or land pollution that results from the actions of the applicant. For purposes of this chapter, environmental benefit does not include the prevention, monitoring, control, or reduction of air, water, and/or land pollution that results from the use or characteristics of the applicant's goods or service produced or provided. For the purpose of this chapter, the terms "environmental benefit" and "pollution control" are synonymous.

  (5) Marketable product--Anything produced or recovered using pollution control property that is sold as a product, is accumulated for later use, or is used as a raw material in a manufacturing process. Marketable product includes, but is not limited to, anything recovered or produced using the pollution control property and sold, traded, accumulated for later use, or used in a manufacturing process (including at a different facility). Marketable product does not include any emission credits or emission allowances that result from installation of the pollution control property.

  (6) Partial Determination--A determination that an item of property or a process is not used wholly as pollution control.

  (7) Pollution control property--A facility, device, or method for control of air, water, and/or land pollution as defined by TTC, §11.31(b).

  (8) Tier I--An application containing property that is on the Tier I Table in §17.14(a) of this title (relating to Tier I Pollution Control Property) or that is necessary for the installation or operation of property located on the Tier I Table.

  (9) Tier II--An application for property that is used wholly for the control of air, water, and/or land pollution, but is not located on the Tier I Table in §17.14(a) of this title.

  (10) Tier III--An application for property used partially for the control of air, water, and/or land pollution and that does not correspond exactly to an item on the Tier I Table in §17.14(a) of this title.

  (11) Use determination--A finding, either positive or negative, by the executive director that the property is used wholly or partially for pollution control purposes and listing the percentage of the property that is determined to be used for pollution control.

Source Note: The provisions of this §17.2 adopted to be effective June 17, 1999, 24 TexReg 4425; amended to be effective January 9, 2002, 27 TexReg 185; amended to be effective February 7, 2008, 33 TexReg 932; amended to be effective December 13, 2010, 35 TexReg 10964

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