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RULE §116.921Notice and Comment Hearings for Initial Issuance

(a) The notice and comment hearing requirements apply only to the initial issuance of an electric generating facility permit (EGFP).

(b) The commission shall decide whether to hold a hearing. The commission is not required to hold a hearing if the basis of the request by a person who may be affected by emissions from a grandfathered or electing electric generating facility (EGF) or a facility described in §116.911(f) of this title (relating to Electric Generating Facility Permit Application) is determined to be unreasonable. If a hearing is requested by a person who may be affected by emissions from a grandfathered or electing EGF or a facility described in §116.911(f) of this title, and that request is reasonable, the commission shall hold a hearing.

(c) At the applicant's expense, notice of a hearing on a draft EGFP must be published in the public notice section of one issue of a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality in which the grandfathered or electing EGF or a facility described in §116.911(f) of this title is located, or in the municipality nearest to the location of the grandfathered or electing EGF or a facility described in §116.911(f) of this title. The notice must be published at least 30 days before the date set for the hearing. The notice must include the following:

  (1) the time, place, and nature of the hearing;

  (2) a brief description of the purpose of the hearing; and

  (3) the name and phone number of the commission office to be contacted to verify that a hearing will be held.

(d) Any person, including the applicant, may submit oral or written statements and data concerning the draft EGFP.

  (1) Reasonable time limits may be set for oral statements, and the submission of statements in writing may be required.

  (2) The period for submitting written comments is automatically extended to the close of any hearing.

  (3) At the hearing, the period for submitting written comments may be extended beyond the close of the hearing.

(e) A tape recording or written transcript of the hearing must be made available to the public.

(f) Any person, including the applicant, who believes that any condition of the draft EGFP is inappropriate or that the preliminary decision to issue or deny the permit is inappropriate, shall raise all issues and submit all arguments supporting that position by the end of the public comment period.

(g) Any supporting materials for comments submitted under subsection (f) of this section must be included in full and may not be incorporated by reference, unless the materials are one of the following:

  (1) already part of the administrative record in the same proceedings;

  (2) state or federal statutes and regulations;

  (3) EPA documents of general applicability; or

  (4) other generally available reference materials.

(h) The commission shall keep a record of all comments received and issues raised in the hearing. This record is available to the public.

(i) The draft EGFP may be changed based on comments pertaining to whether the permit provides for compliance with the requirements of this subchapter.

(j) The commission shall respond to comments consistent with §116.922 of this title (relating to Notice of Final Action).

Source Note: The provisions of this §116.921 adopted to be effective January 11, 2000, 25 TexReg 185; amended to be effective June 12, 2002, 27 TexReg 4954

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