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TITLE 30ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
PART 1TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
CHAPTER 101GENERAL AIR QUALITY RULES
SUBCHAPTER AGENERAL RULES
RULE §101.27Emissions Fees

(a) Applicability. The owner or operator of an account that is required to obtain a federal operating permit as described in Chapter 122 of this title (relating to Federal Operating Permits Program) shall remit to the commission an emissions fee each fiscal year. A fiscal year is defined as the period from September 1 through August 31. A fiscal year, having the same number as the next calendar year, begins on the September 1 prior to that calendar year. Each account will be assessed a separate emissions fee. An account subject to both an emissions fee and an inspection fee, under §101.24 of this title (relating to Inspection Fees), is required to pay only the greater of the two fees. The commission will not initiate the combination or separation of accounts solely for fee assessment purposes. If an account is operated at any time during the fiscal year that a fee is being assessed, a full emissions fee is due. If the commission is notified in writing that the account is not and will not be in operation during that fiscal year, a fee will not be due.

(b) Self reported/billed information. Emissions/inspection fees information packets will be mailed to each account owner or operator prior to the fiscal year that a fee is due. The completed emissions/inspection fees basis form must be returned to the address specified on the emissions/inspection fees basis form within 60 calendar days of the date the agency sends the emissions fees information packet. The completed emissions/inspection fees basis form must include, at least, the company name, mailing address, site name, all commission identification numbers, applicable Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) category, the emissions of all regulated air pollutants at the account for the reporting period, and the name and telephone number of the person to contact in case questions arise regarding the fee payment. If more than one SIC category can apply to an account, the category reported must be the one with the highest associated fee as listed in §101.24 of this title. Subsequent to a review of the information submitted, a billing statement of the fee assessment will be sent to the account owner or operator.

(c) Requesting fee information packet. If an account owner or operator has not received the fee information packet described in subsection (b) of this section by June 1 prior to the fiscal year that a fee is due, the owner or operator of the account shall notify the commission by July 1 prior to the fiscal year that a fee is due. For accounts that begin or resume operation after September 1, the owner or operator of the account shall request an information packet within 30 calendar days prior to commencing operation.

(d) Payment. Fees must be remitted by check, certified check, electronic funds transfer, or money order and sent to the address printed on the billing statement.

(e) Due date. Payment of the emissions fee is due within 30 calendar days of the date the agency sends a statement of the assessment to the account owner or operator.

(f) Basis for fees.

  (1) The fee must be based on allowable levels or actual emissions at the account. For purposes of this section, allowable levels are those limits as specified in an enforceable document such as a permit, certified registration of emissions, or Commission Order that are in effect during the fiscal year that a fee is due and actual emissions are the emissions of all regulated pollutants emitted from the account during the last full calendar year preceding the beginning of the fiscal year that a fee is due. Under no circumstances may the fee basis be less than the actual emissions at the account. The fee applies to the regulated pollutant emissions at the account, including those emissions from point and fugitive sources. The fee basis must include emissions during all operational conditions, including all emissions from emissions events and maintenance, startup, and shutdown activities as described in Subchapter F of this chapter (relating to Emissions Events and Scheduled Maintenance, Startup, and Shutdown Activities). Although certain fugitive emissions are excluded for applicability determination purposes under subsection (a) of this section, all fugitive emissions must be considered for fee calculations after applicability of the fee has been established. A maximum of 4,000 tons of each regulated pollutant will be used for fee calculations. The fee for each fiscal year is set at the following rates.

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  (2) The emissions tonnage for the account for fee calculation purposes will be the sum of those allowable levels or actual emissions for individual emission points or process units at the account rounded up to the nearest whole number, as follows.

    (A) Where there is an enforceable document such as a permit, certified registration of emissions, or a Commission Order establishing allowable levels for individual emission points or process units, the actual emissions from all individual emission points and process units at the account may be used to calculate the fee basis only if a complete and verifiable emissions inventory for the account is submitted as described in §101.10 of this title (relating to Emissions Inventory Requirements). Where a complete and verifiable emissions inventory is not submitted, the executive director may direct that the fee be based on all of the allowable levels for the account.

    (B) Where there is not an enforceable document such as a permit, certified registration of emissions, or a Commission Order establishing allowable levels for individual emissions points or process units; actual emissions from all individual emission points and process units must be used to calculate the fee basis. Actual production, throughput, or measurement records must be submitted along with complete documentation of calculation methods. Thorough justification is required for all assumptions made and emission factors used in such calculations.

  (3) For purposes of this section, the term "regulated pollutant" includes any volatile organic compound, any pollutant subject to Federal Clean Air Act (FCAA), §111, any pollutant listed as a hazardous air pollutant under FCAA, §112, each pollutant that a national primary ambient air quality standard has been promulgated (including carbon monoxide), and any other air pollutant subject to requirements under commission rules, regulations, permits, orders of the commission, or court orders. For purposes of this section, the term "regulated pollutant" does not include individual gases listed in the definition of greenhouse gases.

(g) Nonpayment of fees. Each emissions fee payment must be paid at the time and in the manner and amount provided by this subchapter. Failure to remit the full emissions fee by the due date must result in enforcement action under Texas Water Code, §7.178. The provisions of this section, as first adopted and amended thereafter, are and must remain in effect for purposes of any unpaid fee assessments, and the fees assessed in accordance with such provisions as adopted or as amended remain a continuing obligation.

(h) Late payments. The agency shall impose interest and penalties on owners or operators of accounts who fail to make payment of emissions fees when due in accordance with Chapter 12 of this title (relating to Payment of Fees).


Source Note: The provisions of this §101.27 adopted to be effective December 5, 1991, 16 TexReg 6752; amended to be effective August 31, 1992, 17 TexReg 5550; amended to be effective August 18, 1993, 18 TexReg 5080; amended to be effective August 8, 1995, 20 TexReg 5504; amended to be effective August 14, 1996, 21 TexReg 7385; amended to be effective February 14, 1997, 22 TexReg 1323; amended to be effective October 22, 1997, 22 TexReg 10319; amended to be effective September 4, 2000, 25 TexReg 8649; amended to be effective September 13, 2001, 26 TexReg 6931; amended to be effective October 20, 2002, 27 TexReg 9592; amended to be effective June 24, 2010, 35 TexReg5281; amended to be effective August 11, 2011, 36 TexReg 4964; amended to be effective April 17, 2014, 39 TexReg 2875

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