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TITLE 30ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
PART 1TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
CHAPTER 106PERMITS BY RULE
SUBCHAPTER AGENERAL REQUIREMENTS
RULE §106.4Requirements for Permitting by Rule

(a) To qualify for a permit by rule, the following general requirements must be met.

  (1) Total actual emissions authorized under permit by rule from the facility shall not exceed the following limits, as applicable:

    (A) 250 tons per year (tpy) of carbon monoxide (CO) or nitrogen oxides (NOX );

    (B) 25 tpy of volatile organic compounds (VOC), sulfur dioxide (SO2 ), or inhalable particulate matter (PM);

    (C) 15 tpy of particulate matter with diameters of 10 microns or less (PM10 );

    (D) 10 tpy of particulate matter with diameters of 2.5 microns or less (PM2.5 ); or

    (E) 25 tpy of any other air contaminant except:

      (i) water, nitrogen, ethane, hydrogen, and oxygen; and

      (ii) notwithstanding any provision in any specific permit by rule to the contrary, greenhouse gases as defined in §101.1 of this title (relating to Definitions).

  (2) Any facility or group of facilities, which constitutes a new major stationary source, as defined in §116.12 of this title (relating to Nonattainment and Prevention of Significant Deterioration Review Definitions), or any modification which constitutes a major modification, as defined in §116.12 of this title, under the new source review requirements of the Federal Clean Air Act (FCAA), Part D (Nonattainment) as amended by the FCAA Amendments of 1990, and regulations promulgated thereunder, must meet the permitting requirements of Chapter 116, Subchapter B of this title (relating to New Source Review Permits) and cannot qualify for a permit by rule under this chapter. Persons claiming a permit by rule under this chapter should see the requirements of §116.150 of this title (relating to New Major Source or Major Modification in Ozone Nonattainment Areas) to ensure that any applicable netting requirements have been satisfied.

  (3) Any facility or group of facilities, which constitutes a new major stationary source, as defined in 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) §52.21, or any change which constitutes a major modification, as defined in 40 CFR §52.21, under the new source review requirements of the FCAA, Part C (Prevention of Significant Deterioration) as amended by the FCAA Amendments of 1990, and regulations promulgated thereunder because of emissions of air contaminants other than greenhouse gases, must meet the permitting requirements of Chapter 116, Subchapter B of this title and cannot qualify for a permit by rule under this chapter. Notwithstanding any provision in any specific permit by rule to the contrary, a new major stationary source or major modification which is subject to Chapter 116, Subchapter B, Division 6 of this title due solely to emissions of greenhouse gases may use a permit by rule under this chapter for air contaminants that are not greenhouse gases. However, facilities or projects which require a prevention of significant deterioration permit due to emissions of greenhouse gases may not commence construction or operation until the prevention of significant deterioration permit is issued.

  (4) Unless at least one facility at an account has been subject to public notification and comment as required in Chapter 116, Subchapter B or Subchapter D of this title (relating to New Source Review Permits or Permit Renewals), total actual emissions from all facilities permitted by rule at an account shall not exceed 250 tpy of CO or NOX ; or 25 tpy of VOC or SO2 or PM; or 15 tpy of PM10 ; or 10 tpy of PM2.5 ; or 25 tpy of any other air contaminant except water, nitrogen, ethane, hydrogen, oxygen, and GHGs (as specified in §106.2 of this title (relating to Applicability)).

  (5) Construction or modification of a facility commenced on or after the effective date of a revision of this section or the effective date of a revision to a specific permit by rule in this chapter must meet the revised requirements to qualify for a permit by rule.

  (6) A facility shall comply with all applicable provisions of the FCAA, §111 (Federal New Source Performance Standards) and §112 (Hazardous Air Pollutants), and the new source review requirements of the FCAA, Part C and Part D and regulations promulgated thereunder.

  (7) There are no permits under the same commission account number that contain a condition or conditions precluding the use of a permit by rule under this chapter.

  (8) The proposed facility or group of facilities shall obtain allowances for NOX if they are subject to Chapter 101, Subchapter H, Division 3 of this title (relating to Mass Emissions Cap and Trade Program).

(b) No person shall circumvent by artificial limitations the requirements of §116.110 of this title (relating to Applicability).

(c) The emissions from the facility shall comply with all rules and regulations of the commission and with the intent of the Texas Clean Air Act (TCAA), including protection of health and property of the public, and all emissions control equipment shall be maintained in good condition and operated properly during operation of the facility.

(d) Facilities permitted by rule under this chapter are not exempted from any permits or registrations required by local air pollution control agencies. Any such requirements must be in accordance with Texas Health and Safety Code, §382.113 and any other applicable law.


Source Note: The provisions of this §106.4 adopted to be effective November 15, 1996, 21 TexReg 10881; amended to be effective April 7, 1998, 23 TexReg 3502; amended to be effective September 4, 2000, 25 TexReg 8653; amended to be effective March 29, 2001, 26 TexReg 2396; amended to be effective May 15, 2011, 36 TexReg 2852; amended to be effective April 17, 2014, 39 TexReg 2891

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