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RULE §328.60Scrap Tire Storage Site Registration

(a) Registration required. Persons who store more than 500 used or scrap tires (or weight equivalent tire pieces or any combination thereof) on the ground or 2,000 used or scrap tires (or weight equivalent tire pieces or any combination thereof) in enclosed and lockable containers at a facility shall be required to obtain a scrap tire storage site registration for that facility from the executive director pursuant to §328.55 of this title (relating to Registration Requirements). Storage activities shall not begin until the executive director approves the registration.

(b) Application requirements.

  (1) The application for a scrap tire storage site registration, amended registration, or renewal shall consist of: the application form; site and surrounding area information; engineering information, including a site layout plan and a site operating plan; and evidence of financial assurance as required under this section.

  (2) Upon filing a registration application, the applicant shall mail a copy of the application to the appropriate county judge and shall mail notice that an application has been filed to the appropriate regional council of government and the appropriate mayor if the proposed facility is to be located within the corporate limits or extraterritorial jurisdiction of a city. Proof of mailing shall be provided in the form of return receipts for registered mail.

  (3) Upon filing a registration application, the facility owner or operator shall provide notice to the general public by means of a notice by publication and a notice by mail. Each notice shall specify both the name, affiliation, address, and telephone number of the applicant and of the commission employee who may be reached to obtain more information about the application to register the site. The notices shall specify that the registration application has been provided to the county judge and that it is available for review by interested parties. The applicant shall publish notice in the county in which the facility is located, and in adjacent counties. Notice shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation. The published notice shall be published once a week for three weeks. The applicant should attempt to obtain publication in a Sunday edition of a newspaper. The notice by certified mail, return receipt requested, shall be sent to all adjacent landowners and all owners of property within 500 feet of the boundary of the facility; the health authorities of the city and county in which the facility will be located, if applicable; and the appropriate state senator and representative for the area encompassing the facility.

  (4) Applications shall be submitted in triplicate either in writing or through an electronic reporting system as allowed by the executive director.

  (5) Preparation of the application shall be in accordance with the requirements of the Texas Engineering Practice Act, Texas Occupations Code, Chapter 1001. Each sheet of engineering plans, drawings, maps, calculations, computer models, cost estimates, and the title or contents page of the application shall be signed and sealed by a professional engineer in accordance with the Rules of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers.

  (6) Drawings shall be legible and include a dated title block, scale, and responsible engineer's seal, if required. If color coding is used, it should be legible and the code distinct when reproduced on black and white photocopy machines. Drawings shall be submitted using a standard engineering scale.

  (7) Each map or plan drawing shall have a north arrow, a legend and a reference to the base map source and date if the map is based upon another map. The latest revision of all maps shall be used. Maps shall show the following:

    (A) all structures and inhabitable buildings within 500 feet of proposed site;

    (B) location of all roads within one mile of the site that will normally be used to access the site;

    (C) latitudes and longitudes;

    (D) area streams;

    (E) the property boundary of the site; and

    (F) drainage, pipeline, and utility easements within or adjacent to the site.

  (8) The applicant or an authorized representative shall provide a signed statement representing that he or she: is familiar with the application and all supporting data; is aware of all commitments represented in the application; is familiar with all pertinent requirements in these regulations; and agrees to develop and operate the scrap tire storage site in compliance with the application, applicable local and state regulations, and any special provisions that may be imposed by the executive director.

  (9) Site and surrounding area information includes the following:

    (A) Maps.

      (i) Location maps. These maps shall be all or a portion of county maps prepared by Texas Department of Transportation. At least one general location map shall be at a scale of one-half inch equals one mile. These maps may be obtained at a nominal cost from the nearest District Highway Engineer Office or by writing to: Texas Department of Transportation, Attention: Transportation Planning Division, P.O. Box 5020, Austin, Texas, 78726-5020.

      (ii) Topographic maps. These maps shall be United States Geological Survey 7-1/2-minute quadrangle sheets or equivalent, marked to show the storage site boundaries and roadway access. These maps may be obtained at a nominal cost from any United States Geological Survey, Federal Center.

      (iii) Land ownership map and list. This map shall locate the property owned by potentially affected landowners. The map shall show all property ownership within 500 feet of the site. A list shall be provided that gives each property owner's and easement holder's name and mailing address. The list shall be keyed to the Land Ownership Map.

      (iv) Floodplain maps. These maps shall be the appropriate Federal Emergency Management Agency maps or other demonstration acceptable to the executive director indicating the location of any 100-year flood plain which may exist within the property boundary or surrounding area.

    (B) Legal description. A legal description of the storage facility and the volume and page number of the deed record, or if platted property, the book and page number of the plat record of only that acreage encompassed in the application.

    (C) Property owner affidavit. A statement from the property owner shall be submitted on a form provided by the executive director; and shall be witnessed and notarized. The form shall include:

      (i) the legal description of the site;

      (ii) acknowledgment that the State of Texas may hold the property owner of record either jointly or severally responsible for the operation, maintenance, and closure and post-closure care of the site;

      (iii) acknowledgment that the owner has a responsibility to file in the county deed records an affidavit to the public advising that the land has been used for a tire storage facility, at the time as the site actually begins operating; and

      (iv) acknowledgment that the site owner or operator and the State of Texas shall have access to the property during the active life and for a period of not less than five years after closure for the purpose of inspection and maintenance.

    (D) Fire marshal approval. The fire marshal with jurisdiction over the facility location shall approve the fire protection system. A letter from the fire marshal shall be included in the application stating that the fire marshal has reviewed and approved the fire protection aspects of the application as well as the design of the all-weather roads to accommodate fire fighting vehicles. The fire marshal shall sign and date the Site Layout Plan.

  (10) Engineering information includes the following:

    (A) Site layout plan. The site layout plan shall include:

      (i) location of storage areas;

      (ii) location of fire lanes and fire control facilities;

      (iii) security fencing, gates and gatehouse, site entrance, and access roads and fire lanes in accordance with §328.61 of this title (relating to Design Requirements for Scrap Tire Storage Site);

      (iv) location of buildings; and

      (v) location and description of processing equipment.

    (B) Drainage plan. A drainage plan showing drainage flow throughout the scrap tire storage site area, locations of streams, and any other important drainage feature of the facility. Calculations shall be presented to show that normal drainage patterns will not be significantly altered. If the executive director determines that significant alteration will occur, the owner/operator shall design and provide additional surface drainage controls which shall be designed and provided to mitigate the effects of the altered watershed, as required by the executive director.

    (C) Fire plan. The fire plan and all revisions shall be maintained at the site, with copies provided to all local fire departments and other emergency response teams, and shall include guidance or instruction on the following:

      (i) roles to be assumed by on-site personnel (example: fire-fighting coordinator, equipment custodian, hose operator, etc.) in the event of a fire, duty stations, and procedures to be followed by these persons;

      (ii) arrangements agreed to by local fire departments, police departments, hospitals, contractors, nearby businesses and industries that can be called for assistance, and state and local emergency response teams. In this regard, a letter from each of these entities shall be included in the fire plan, which letters shall acknowledge receipt of a copy of the fire plan, and agreement to participate as stated in the fire plan.

      (iii) names, addresses, and telephone numbers of these emergency response teams (fire, police, medical, etc.) that are to be included in the plan. The fire plan must include a map of the general area of the site that shows the site location, the location of the emergency response teams included in the plan (fire stations, police stations, hospitals, etc.). The plan shall also include the best route for these emergency response teams to take from their location to the site location;

      (iv) names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all site employees that are qualified to act as emergency coordinator(s) (this list must be kept up to date, and where more than one person is listed one must be designated as primary coordinator and the others as alternates);

      (v) a list of all emergency equipment at the facility (fire extinguishers, protective clothing items, hoses, pumps, axes, shovels, detention ponds, water storage tanks, fire hydrants, signal and alarm system equipment, decontamination equipment, etc.), a copy of the Site Layout Plan (to be posted at several prominent locations on the site as well as included in the fire plan) drawing that clearly marks the location of these items as well as personnel assembly points and evacuation routes from the site and from buildings on the site, and a narrative description of where these items are kept or located on site as well as a description of how the items are used (if applicable) and their capabilities;

      (vi) an evacuation procedure for facility personnel where there is a possibility that evacuation could be necessary, evacuation routes, alternate routes, and signals to be used by the emergency coordinator(s) for the various necessary procedures; and

      (vii) information about any insurance held by the company that would cover fire damage, loss, and cleanup.

    (D) Cost estimate for closure. The applicant shall submit a cost estimate for closure costs in accordance with §328.71 of this title (relating to Closure Cost Estimate for Financial Assurance).

    (E) Site operating plan. The Site Operating Plan shall include information to provide specific guidance and instructions for the management and operation of a scrap tire storage site and should include:

      (i) information on security, facility access control, the hours and days during which tire-hauling vehicles will be admitted, traffic control and safety;

      (ii) sequence of the development of the scrap tire storage site such as utilization of storage areas, drainage features, firewater storage ponds, trenches, and buildings;

      (iii) information on control of loading and unloading of used or scrap tires or tire pieces within designated areas, so as to minimize operational problems at the storage facility;

      (iv) fire prevention and control plans, and special training requirements for fire-fighting personnel that may be called for assistance;

      (v) vector control procedures for any type of vector that may be found at the scrap tire storage site;

      (vi) a procedure for removal of any waste material that is not a used or scrap tire or tire piece to a disposal facility permitted by the commission. This procedure must include the means to remove this illegally deposited waste material. In all cases, such waste shall be removed from the storage area immediately and placed in suitable collection bins, or shall be returned to the transporter's vehicle and removed from the scrap tire storage site. Collection bins must be emptied at least weekly, depending on the amount and type of unauthorized waste. The equipment necessary to meet this objective shall be specified in the design requirements and shall be on site and operable during operating hours;


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