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TITLE 30ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
PART 1TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
CHAPTER 39PUBLIC NOTICE
SUBCHAPTER IPUBLIC NOTICE OF SOLID WASTE APPLICATIONS
RULE §39.503Application for Industrial or Hazardous Waste Facility Permit

(a) Applicability. This section applies to applications for industrial or hazardous waste facility permits that are declared administratively complete on or after September 1, 1999.

(b) Preapplication requirements.

  (1) If an applicant for an industrial or hazardous waste facility permit decides to participate in a local review committee process under Texas Health and Safety Code, §361.063, the applicant shall submit a notice of intent to file an application to the executive director, setting forth the proposed location and type of facility. The applicant shall mail notice to the county judge of the county in which the facility is to be located. If the proposed facility is to be located in a municipality or the extraterritorial jurisdiction of a municipality, a copy of the notice must also be mailed to the mayor of the municipality. Mailed notice must be by certified mail. When the applicant submits the notice of intent to the executive director, the applicant shall publish notice of the submission in a paper of general circulation in the county in which the facility is to be located.

  (2) The requirements of this paragraph are set forth in 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) §124.31(b) - (d), which is adopted by reference as amended and adopted in the CFR through December 11, 1995, (60 FR 63417) and apply to all hazardous waste part B applications for initial permits for hazardous waste management units, hazardous waste part B permit applications for major amendments, and hazardous waste part B applications for renewal of permits, where the renewal application is proposing a significant change in facility operations. For the purposes of this paragraph, a "significant change" is any change that would qualify as a Class 3 permit modification under §305.69 of this title (relating to Solid Waste Permit Modification at the Request of the Permittee). The requirements of this paragraph do not apply to an application for minor amendment under §305.62 of this title (relating to Amendment), correction under §50.45 of this title (relating to Corrections to Permits), or modification under §305.69 of this title, or to an application that is submitted for the sole purpose of conducting post-closure activities or post-closure activities and corrective action at a facility, unless the application is also for an initial permit for hazardous waste management unit(s), or the application is also for renewal of the permit, where the renewal application is proposing a significant change in facility operations.

(c) Notice of Receipt of Application and Intent to Obtain Permit.

  (1) Upon the executive director's receipt of an application, or notice of intent to file an application, the chief clerk shall mail notice to the state senator and representative who represent the area in which the facility is or will be located and to the persons listed in §39.413 of this title (relating to Mailed Notice). For all hazardous waste part B applications for initial permits for hazardous waste management units, hazardous waste part B permit applications for major amendments, and hazardous waste part B applications for renewal of permits, the chief clerk shall provide notice to meet the requirements of this subsection and 40 CFR §124.32(b), which is adopted by reference as amended and adopted in the CFR through December 11, 1995, (60 FR 63417) and the executive director shall meet the requirements of 40 CFR §124.32(c), which is adopted by reference as amended and adopted in the CFR through December 11, 1995, (60 FR 63417). The requirements of this paragraph relating to 40 CFR §124.32(b) and (c) do not apply to an application for minor amendment under §305.62 of this title, correction under §50.45 of this title, or modification under §305.69 of this title, or to an application that is submitted for the sole purpose of conducting post-closure activities or post-closure activities and corrective action at a facility, unless the application is also for an initial permit for hazardous waste management unit(s), or the application is also for renewal of the permit.

  (2) After the executive director determines that the application is administratively complete:

    (A) notice must be given as required by §39.418 of this title (relating to Receipt of Application and Intent to Obtain Permit). Notice under §39.418 of this title will satisfy the notice of receipt of application required by §281.17(d) of this title (relating to Notice of Receipt of Application and Declaration of Administrative Completeness); and

    (B) the executive director or chief clerk shall mail notice of this determination along with a copy of the application or summary of its contents to the mayor and health authority of a municipality in whose territorial limits or extraterritorial jurisdiction the solid waste facility is located, and to the county judge and the health authority of the county in which the facility is located.

(d) Notice of Application and Preliminary Decision. The notice required by §39.419 of this title (relating to Notice of Application and Preliminary Decision) must be published once as required by §39.405(f)(2) of this title (relating to General Notice Provisions). In addition to the requirements of §39.405(h) and §39.419 of this title, the following requirements apply.

  (1) The applicant shall publish notice at least once in a newspaper of general circulation in each county that is adjacent or contiguous to each county in which the facility is located. One notice may satisfy the requirements of §39.405(f)(2) of this title and of this subsection, if the newspaper meets the requirements of both rules.

  (2) If the application concerns a hazardous waste facility, the applicant shall broadcast notice of the application on one or more local radio stations that broadcast to an area that includes all of the county in which the facility is located. The executive director may require that the broadcasts be made to an area that also includes contiguous counties.

  (3) The notice must comply with §39.411 of this title (relating to Text of Public Notice). The deadline for public comments on industrial solid waste applications will be not less than 30 days after newspaper publication, and for hazardous waste applications, not less than 45 days after newspaper publication.

(e) Notice of public meeting.

  (1) If an application for a new hazardous waste facility is filed:

    (A) before September 1, 2005, the agency shall hold a public meeting in the county in which the facility is proposed to be located to receive public comment concerning the application; or

    (B) on or after September 1, 2005, the agency:

      (i) may hold a public meeting under §55.154 of this title (relating to Public Meetings) in the county in which the facility is proposed to be located to receive public comment concerning the application; but

      (ii) shall hold a public meeting under §55.154 of this title in the county in which the facility is proposed to be located to receive public comment concerning this application:

        (I) on the request of a member of the legislature who represents the general area in which the facility is proposed to be located; or

        (II) if the executive director determines that there is substantial public interest in the proposed facility.

  (2) If an application for a major amendment to or a Class 3 modification of an existing hazardous waste facility permit is filed:

    (A) before September 1, 2005, the agency shall hold a public meeting in the county in which the facility is located to receive public comment concerning the application if a person affected files a request for a public meeting with the chief clerk concerning the application before the deadline to file public comment or hearing requests; or

    (B) on or after September 1, 2005, the agency:

      (i) may hold a public meeting under §55.154 of this title in the county in which the facility is located to receive public comment concerning the application; but

      (ii) shall hold a public meeting under §55.154 of this title in the county in which the facility is located to receive public comment concerning the application:

        (I) on the request of a member of the legislature who represents the general area in which the facility is located; or

        (II) if the executive director determines that there is substantial public interest in the facility.

  (3) For purposes of this subsection, "substantial public interest" is demonstrated if a request for a public meeting is filed by:

    (A) a local governmental entity with jurisdiction over the location at which the facility is located or proposed to be located by formal resolution of the entity's governing body;

    (B) a council of governments with jurisdiction over the location at which the facility is located or proposed to be located by formal request of either the council's solid waste advisory committee, executive committee, or governing board;

    (C) a homeowners( or property owners( association formally organized or chartered and having at least ten members located in the general area in which the facility is located or proposed to be located; or

    (D) a group of ten or more local residents, property owners, or businesses located in the general area in which the facility is located or proposed to be located.

  (4) If an application for a new industrial or hazardous waste facility that would accept municipal solid waste is filed:

    (A) before September 1, 2005, the applicant shall hold a public meeting in the county in which the facility is proposed to be located. This meeting must be held before the 45th day after the date the application is filed; or

    (B) on or after September 1, 2005, the applicant may hold a public meeting in the county in which the facility is proposed to be located.

  (5) A public meeting is not a contested case proceeding under the Administrative Procedure Act. A public meeting held as part of a local review committee process under subsection (b) of this section meets the requirements of paragraph (1) or (2) of this subsection if public notice is provided under this subsection.

  (6) The applicant shall publish notice of any public meeting under this subsection, in accordance with §39.405(f)(2) of this title, once each week during the three weeks preceding a public meeting. The published notice must be at least 15 square inches (96.8 square centimeters) with a shortest dimension of at least three inches (7.6 centimeters). For public meetings under paragraph (3) of this subsection, the notice of public meeting is not subject to §39.411(d) of this title, but instead must contain at least the following information:

    (A) permit application number;

    (B) applicant's name;

    (C) proposed location of the facility;

    (D) location and availability of copies of the application;

    (E) location, date, and time of the public meeting; and

    (F) name, address, and telephone number of the contact person for the applicant from whom interested persons may obtain further information.

  (7) For public meetings held by the agency under paragraph (1) or (2) of this subsection, the chief clerk shall mail notice to the persons listed in §39.413 of this title.

(f) Notice of hearing.

  (1) Applicability. This subsection applies if an application is referred to the State Office of Administrative Hearings for a contested case hearing under Chapter 80 of this title (concerning Contested Case Hearings).

  (2) Newspaper notice.

    (A) The applicant shall publish notice at least once in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the facility is located and in each county and area that is adjacent or contiguous to each county in which the proposed facility is located.

    (B) If the application concerns a hazardous waste facility, the hearing must include one session held in the county in which the facility is located. The applicant shall publish notice of the hearing once each week during the three weeks preceding the hearing under §39.405(f)(2) of this title. The published notice must be at least 15 square inches (96.8 square centimeters) with a shortest dimension of at least three inches (7.6 centimeters) or have a total size of at least nine column inches (18 square inches). The text of the notice must include the statement that at least one session of the hearing will be held in the county in which the facility is located.

  (3) Mailed notice.

    (A) If the applicant proposes a new solid waste management facility, the applicant shall mail notice to each residential or business address located within 1/2 mile of the facility and to each owner of real property located within 1/2 mile of the facility listed in the real property appraisal records of the appraisal district in which the facility is located. The notice must be mailed to the persons listed as owners in the real property appraisal records on the date the application is determined to be administratively complete. The chief clerk shall mail notice to the persons listed in §39.413 of this title, except that the chief clerk shall not mail notice to the persons listed in paragraph (1) of that section. The notice must be mailed no more than 45 days and no less than 30 days before the hearing. Within 30 days after the date of mailing, the applicant shall file with the chief clerk an affidavit certifying compliance with its obligations under this subsection. Filing an affidavit certifying facts that constitute compliance with notice requirements creates a rebuttable presumption of compliance with this subparagraph.

    (B) If the applicant proposes to amend or renew an existing permit, the chief clerk shall mail notice to the persons listed in §39.413 of this title.

  (4) Radio broadcast. If the application concerns a hazardous waste facility, the applicant shall broadcast notice of the hearing under subsection (d)(2) of this section.

  (5) Deadline. Notice under paragraphs (2)(A), (3), and (4) of this subsection must be completed at least 30 days before the hearing.

(g) Injection wells. This section does not apply to applications for an injection well permit.

(h) Information repository. The requirements of 40 CFR §124.33(b) - (f), which is adopted by reference as amended and adopted in the CFR through December 11, 1995, (60 FR 63417) apply to all applications for hazardous waste permits.


Source Note: The provisions of this §39.503 adopted to be effective September 23, 1999, 24 TexReg 8190; amended to be effective August 15, 2002, 27 TexReg 7132 ; amended to be effective November 30, 2005, 30 TexReg 7877; amended to be effective July 19, 2006, 31 TexReg 5646

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