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RULE §116.615General Conditions

The following general conditions are applicable to holders of standard permits, but will not necessarily be specifically stated within the standard permit document.

  (1) Protection of public health and welfare. The emissions from the facility, including dockside vessel emissions, must comply with all applicable rules and regulations of the commission adopted under Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 382, and with the intent of the Texas Clean Air Act (TCAA), including protection of health and property of the public.

  (2) Standard permit representations. All representations with regard to construction plans, operating procedures, pollution control methods, and maximum emission rates in any registration for a standard permit become conditions upon which the facility or changes thereto, must be constructed and operated. It is unlawful for any person to vary from such representations if the change will affect that person's right to claim a standard permit under this section. Any change in condition such that a person is no longer eligible to claim a standard permit under this section requires proper authorization under §116.110 of this title (relating to Applicability). Any changes in representations are subject to the following requirements:

    (A) For the addition of a new facility, the owner or operator shall submit a new registration incorporating existing facilities with a fee, in accordance with §116.611 and §116.614 of this title, (relating to Registration to use a Standard Permit and Standard Permit Fees) prior to commencing construction. If the applicable standard permit requires public notice, construction of the new facility or facilities may not commence until the new registration has been issued by the executive director.

    (B) For any change in the method of control of emissions, a change in the character of the emissions, or an increase in the discharge of the various emissions, the owner or operator shall submit written notification to the executive director describing the change(s), along with the designated fee, no later than 30 days after the change.

    (C) For any other change to the representations, the owner or operator shall submit written notification to the executive director describing the change(s) no later than 30 days after the change.

    (D) Any facility registered under a standard permit which contains conditions or procedures for addressing changes to the registered facility which differ from subparagraphs (A) - (C) of this paragraph shall comply with the applicable requirements of the standard permit in place of subparagraphs (A) - (C) of this paragraph.

  (3) Standard permit in lieu of permit amendment. All changes authorized by standard permit to a facility previously permitted under §116.110 of this title shall be administratively incorporated into that facility's permit at such time as the permit is amended or renewed.

  (4) Construction progress. Start of construction, construction interruptions exceeding 45 days, and completion of construction shall be reported to the appropriate regional office not later than 15 working days after occurrence of the event, except where a different time period is specified for a particular standard permit.

  (5) Start-up notification.

    (A) The appropriate air program regional office of the commission and any other air pollution control agency having jurisdiction shall be notified prior to the commencement of operations of the facilities authorized by a standard permit in such a manner that a representative of the executive director may be present.

    (B) For phased construction, which may involve a series of units commencing operations at different times, the owner or operator of the facility shall provide separate notification for the commencement of operations for each unit.

    (C) Prior to beginning operations of the facilities authorized by the permit, the permit holder shall identify to the Office of Permitting, Remediation, and Registration, the source or sources of allowances to be utilized for compliance with Chapter 101, Subchapter H, Division 3 of this title (relating to Mass Emissions Cap and Trade Program).

    (D) A particular standard permit may modify start-up notification requirements.

  (6) Sampling requirements. If sampling of stacks or process vents is required, the standard permit holder shall contact the commission's appropriate regional office and any other air pollution control agency having jurisdiction prior to sampling to obtain the proper data forms and procedures. All sampling and testing procedures must be approved by the executive director and coordinated with the regional representatives of the commission. The standard permit holder is also responsible for providing sampling facilities and conducting the sampling operations or contracting with an independent sampling consultant.

  (7) Equivalency of methods. The standard permit holder shall demonstrate or otherwise justify the equivalency of emission control methods, sampling or other emission testing methods, and monitoring methods proposed as alternatives to methods indicated in the conditions of the standard permit. Alternative methods must be applied for in writing and must be reviewed and approved by the executive director prior to their use in fulfilling any requirements of the standard permit.

  (8) Recordkeeping. A copy of the standard permit along with information and data sufficient to demonstrate applicability of and compliance with the standard permit shall be maintained in a file at the plant site and made available at the request of representatives of the executive director, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, or any air pollution control agency having jurisdiction. For facilities that normally operate unattended, this information shall be maintained at the nearest staffed location within Texas specified by the standard permit holder in the standard permit registration. This information must include, but is not limited to, production records and operating hours. Additional recordkeeping requirements may be specified in the conditions of the standard permit. Information and data sufficient to demonstrate applicability of and compliance with the standard permit must be retained for at least two years following the date that the information or data is obtained. The copy of the standard permit must be maintained as a permanent record.

  (9) Maintenance of emission control. The facilities covered by the standard permit may not be operated unless all air pollution emission capture and abatement equipment is maintained in good working order and operating properly during normal facility operations. Notification for emissions events and scheduled maintenance shall be made in accordance with §101.201 and §101.211 of this title (relating to Emissions Event Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements; and Scheduled Maintenance, Startup, and Shutdown Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements).

  (10) Compliance with rules. Registration of a standard permit by a standard permit applicant constitutes an acknowledgment and agreement that the holder will comply with all rules, regulations, and orders of the commission issued in conformity with the TCAA and the conditions precedent to the claiming of the standard permit. If more than one state or federal rule or regulation or permit condition are applicable, the most stringent limit or condition shall govern. Acceptance includes consent to the entrance of commission employees and designated representatives of any air pollution control agency having jurisdiction into the permitted premises at reasonable times to investigate conditions relating to the emission or concentration of air contaminants, including compliance with the standard permit.

  (11) Distance limitations, setbacks, and buffer zones. Notwithstanding any requirement in any standard permit, if a standard permit for a facility requires a distance, setback, or buffer from other property or structures as a condition of the permit, the determination of whether the distance, setback, or buffer is satisfied shall be made on the basis of conditions existing at the earlier of:

    (A) the date new construction, expansion, or modification of a facility begins; or

    (B) the date any application or notice of intent is first filed with the commission to obtain approval for the construction or operation of the facility.

Source Note: The provisions of this §116.615 adopted to be effective September 1, 1995, 20 TexReg 6324; amended to be effective May 22, 1997, 22 TexReg 4242; amended to be effective July 8, 1998, 23 TexReg 6973; amended to be effective March 29, 2001, 26 TexReg 2398; amended to be effective September 12, 2002, 27 TexReg 8546; amended to be effective March 15, 2007, 32 TexReg 1320; amended to be effective November 22, 2018, 43 TexReg 7540

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