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TITLE 30ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
PART 1TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
CHAPTER 305CONSOLIDATED PERMITS
SUBCHAPTER FPERMIT CHARACTERISTICS AND CONDITIONS
RULE §305.127Conditions to be Determined for Individual Permits

Conditions to be determined on a case-by-case basis according to the criteria specified in this section, and when applicable, incorporated into the permit expressly or by reference, are listed in the following paragraphs.

  (1) Duration.

    (A) Injection well permits.

      (i) Permits for Class I and Class V wells shall be for a fixed term not to exceed ten years.

      (ii) Initial permits and reissuance of permits for Class III wells shall be for a fixed term of ten years.

    (B) Solid waste permits.

      (i) Hazardous waste permits shall be for a fixed term not to exceed ten years.

      (ii) Other solid waste permits may be for the life of the project.

      (iii) Each permit for a land disposal facility used to manage hazardous waste shall be reviewed by the executive director five years from the date of permit issuance or reissuance and shall be modified as necessary by the commission, as provided in §305.62(e) of this title (relating to Amendment).

    (C) Waste discharge permits.

      (i) Texas pollutant discharge elimination system (TPDES) permits, including sludge permits, shall be for a term not to exceed five years.

      (ii) All other permits shall be as follows.

        (I) Permits which authorize a direct discharge of wastewater into a surface drainageway shall be for a term not to exceed five years.

        (II) Confined animal feeding operation permits may be for the life of the project.

        (III) Other wastewater permits, including permits which regulate land disposal systems shall be for a term not to exceed ten years.

    (D) Drilled or mined shaft permits. Drilled or mined shaft permits which authorize operation of a drilled or mined shaft shall be for a term not to exceed ten years.

    (E) Term of permit. The term of a permit shall not be extended by amendment beyond the maximum duration specified in this section.

    (F) Duration of permit. The executive director may recommend that a permit be issued and the commission may issue any permit, for a duration less than the full allowable term under this section.

    (G) Radioactive material licenses.

      (i) A license issued under Chapter 336, Subchapter H of this title (relating to Licensing Requirements for Near-Surface Land Disposal of Low-Level Radioactive Waste) shall be issued for an initial term of 15 years from the date of issuance. After the initial 15 years, the commission may renew the license for one or more terms of ten years. The authority to dispose of waste expires on the date stated in the license except as provided in §336.718(a) of this title (relating to Application for Renewal or Closure).

      (ii) Other radioactive material licenses shall be for a fixed term not to exceed ten years.

  (2) Monitoring, recording, and reporting.

    (A) Requirements concerning the proper use, maintenance, and installation of monitoring equipment or methods shall be specified by the commission as appropriate.

    (B) The type, intervals, and frequency of monitoring shall be set to yield data representative of the monitored activity, at a minimum as specified in commission rules for monitoring and reporting.

    (C) Other requirements for monitoring and reporting shall be set at a minimum as specified in commission rules for monitoring and reporting.

  (3) Schedule of compliance.

    (A) A schedule of compliance prescribing a timetable for achieving compliance with the permit conditions, the appropriate law, and regulations may be incorporated into a permit. The schedule shall require compliance as soon as possible and may set interim dates of compliance. For injection wells, compliance shall be required not later than three years after the effective date of the permit. For TPDES permits the schedule of compliance shall require compliance not later than authorized by Chapter 307 of this title (relating to Texas Surface Water Quality Standards).

    (B) For schedules of compliance exceeding one year, interim dates of compliance not exceeding one year shall be set, except that in the case of a schedule for compliance with standards for sewage sludge use and disposal, the time between interim dates shall not exceed six months.

    (C) Reporting requirements for each schedule of compliance shall be specified by the commission as appropriate. Reports of progress and completion shall be submitted to the executive director no later than 14 days after each schedule date.

    (D) For TPDES permits the following additional conditions apply.

      (i) The first TPDES permit issued to a new source or a new discharger shall contain a schedule of compliance only when necessary to allow a reasonable opportunity to attain compliance with requirements issued or revised after commencement of construction, but less than three years before commencement of the relevant discharge.

      (ii) For recommencing dischargers, a schedule of compliance shall be available only when necessary to allow a reasonable opportunity to attain compliance with requirements issued or revised less than three years before recommencement of discharge.

      (iii) If a permit establishes a schedule of compliance which exceeds one year from the date of permit issuance, the permit schedule shall set forth interim requirements and the dates for their achievement.

    (E) For underground injection control permits, the time for compliance shall require compliance as soon as possible, and in no case later than three years after the effective date of the permit. Except as provided in clause (iii)(I)(-b-) of this subparagraph, if a permit establishes a schedule of compliance which exceeds one year from the date of permit issuance, the schedule shall set forth interim requirements and the dates for their achievement.

      (i) The time between interim dates shall not exceed one year.

      (ii) If the time necessary for completion of any interim requirement is more than one year and is not readily divisible into stages for completion, the permit shall specify interim dates for the submission of reports of progress toward completion of the interim requirements and indicate a projected completion date.

      (iii) A permit applicant or permittee may cease conducting regulated activities (by plugging and abandonment) rather than continue to operate and meet permit requirements as follows.

        (I) If the permittee decides to cease conducting regulated activities at a given time within the term of a permit which has already been issued:

          (-a-) the permit may be modified to contain a new or additional schedule leading to timely cessation of activities; or

          (-b-) the permittee shall cease conducting permitted activities before noncompliance with any interim or final compliance schedule requirement already specified in the permit.

        (II) If the decision to cease conducting regulated activities is made before issuance of a permit whose term will include the cessation date, the permit shall contain a schedule leading to cessation of activities which will ensure timely compliance with applicable requirements.

        (III) If the permittee is undecided whether to cease conducting regulated activities, the executive director may issue or modify a permit to contain two schedules as follows:

          (-a-) both schedules shall contain an identical interim deadline requiring a final decision on whether to cease conducting regulated activities no later than a date which ensures sufficient time to comply with applicable requirements in a timely manner if the decision is to continue conducting regulated activities;

          (-b-) one schedule shall lead to timely compliance with applicable requirements;

          (-c-) the second schedule shall lead to cessation of regulated activities by a date which will ensure timely compliance with applicable requirements; and

          (-d-) each permit containing two schedules shall include a requirement that after the permittee has made a final decision under item (-a-) of this subclause, it shall follow the schedule leading to compliance if the decision is to continue conducting regulated activities, and follow the schedule leading to cessation if the decision is to cease conducting regulated activities.

        (IV) The applicant's or permittee's decision to cease conducting regulated activities shall be evidenced by a firm public commitment satisfactory to the executive director, such as a resolution of the board of directors of a corporation.

  (4) Requirements for individual programs.

    (A) Requirements to provide for and assure compliance with standards set by the rules of the commission and the laws of Texas shall be determined and included in permits on a case-by-case basis to reflect the best method for attaining such compliance. Each permit shall contain terms and conditions as the commission determines necessary to protect human health and safety, and the environment. Reference is made to Chapter 330 of this title (relating to Municipal Solid Waste) for municipal solid waste facility standards, to Chapter 331 of this title (relating to Underground Injection Control) for injection well standards, to Chapter 335 of this title (relating to Industrial Solid Waste and Municipal Hazardous Waste) for solid waste facility standards, to Chapter 336 of this title (relating to Radioactive Substance Rules) for radioactive material disposal standards, to Chapter 309 of this title (relating to Domestic Wastewater Effluent Limitation and Plant Siting) for waste discharge standards, to Chapter 329 of this title (relating to Drilled or Mined Shafts) for drilled or mined shaft standards, and to Chapter 222 of this title (relating to Subsurface Area Drip Dispersal Systems) for subsurface area drip dispersal systems standards.

    (B) Any applicable statutory or regulatory requirements which take effect prior to final administrative disposition of an application for a permit or prior to the amendment, modification, or suspension and reissuance of a permit shall be included in the permit.

    (C) New, amended, modified, or renewed permits shall incorporate any applicable requirements contained in Chapter 331 of this title for injection well standards, Chapter 335 of this title for solid waste facility standards, Chapter 336 of this title, Chapter 309 of this title for waste discharge standards, Chapter 329 of this title for drilled or mined shaft standards, and Chapter 222 of this title for subsurface area drip dispersal systems standards.

  (5) Wastes authorized.

    (A) Injection well permits. Each category of waste to be disposed of by injection well shall be authorized in the permit.

    (B) Drilled or mined shaft permits. Each category of waste to be handled, stored, processed, or disposed of in a drilled or mined shaft, or in associated surface facilities shall be authorized in the permit.

    (C) Unauthorized wastes. Wastes not authorized by permit are prohibited from being transported to, stored, and processed or disposed of in a permitted facility.

  (6) Permit conditions. All permit conditions shall be incorporated either expressly or by reference. If incorporated by reference, a specific citation to the applicable rules or requirements must be given in the permit.


Source Note: The provisions of this §305.127 adopted to be effective June 19, 1986, 11 TexReg 2597; amended to be effective October 8, 1990, 15 TexReg 5492; amended to be effective October 29, 1990, 15 TexReg 6015; amended to be effective June 13, 1996, 21 TexReg 4999; amended to be effective February 11, 1997, 22 TexReg 1169; amended to be effective September 14, 2000, 25 TexReg 8974; amended to be effective January 8, 2004, 29 TexReg 136; amended to be effective July 5, 2006, 31 TexReg 5333; amended to be effective March 12, 2009, 34 TexReg 1629

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