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TITLE 30ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
PART 1TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
CHAPTER 305CONSOLIDATED PERMITS
SUBCHAPTER DAMENDMENTS, RENEWALS, TRANSFERS, CORRECTIONS, REVOCATION, AND SUSPENSION OF PERMITS
RULE §305.69Solid Waste Permit Modification at the Request of the Permittee

  (13) With the written consent of the permittee, the executive director may extend indefinitely or for a specified period the time periods for final approval or denial of a Class 2 modification request or for reclassifying a modification as Class 3.

  (14) The commission or the executive director may change the terms of, and the commission may deny a Class 2 permit modification request under paragraphs (6) - (8) of this subsection for any of the following reasons:

    (A) the modification request is incomplete;

    (B) the requested modification does not comply with the appropriate requirements of Subchapter F, Chapter 335 of this title (relating to Permitting Standards for Owners and Operators of Hazardous Waste Storage, Processing or Disposal Facilities) or other applicable requirements; or

    (C) the conditions of the modification fail to protect human health and the environment.

  (15) The permittee may perform any construction associated with a Class 2 permit modification request beginning 60 days after the submission of the request unless the executive director establishes a later date for commencing construction and informs the permittee in writing before the 60th day.

(d) Class 3 modifications of solid waste permits.

  (1) For Class 3 modifications listed in Appendix I of this subchapter, the permittee must submit a modification request to the executive director that:

    (A) describes the exact change to be made to the permit conditions and supporting documents referenced by the permit;

    (B) identifies that the modification is a Class 3 modification;

    (C) explains why the modification is needed; and

    (D) provides the applicable information in the form and manner specified in §1.5(d) of this title (relating to Records of the Agency), §§305.41-305.45 and 305.47-305.53 of this title (relating to Applicability; Application Required; Who Applies; Signatories to Applications; Contents of Application for Permit; Retention of Application Data; Additional Contents of Applications for Wastewater Discharge Permits; Additional Contents of Application for an Injection Well Permit; Additional Requirements for an Application for a Hazardous or Industrial Solid Waste Permit; Revision of Applications for Hazardous Waste Permits; Waste Containing Radioactive Materials; and Application Fee), Subchapter I of this chapter (relating to Hazardous Waste Incinerator Permits), Subchapter J of this chapter (relating to Permits for Land Treatment Demonstrations Using Field Tests or Laboratory Analyses); and Subchapter Q of this chapter (relating to Permits for Boilers and Industrial Furnaces Burning Hazardous Waste).

  (2) The permittee must send a notice of the modification request by first-class mail to all persons listed in §39.13 of this title (relating to Mailed Notice) and must cause this notice to be published in a major local newspaper of general circulation. This notice must be mailed and published within seven days before or after the date of submission of the modification request and evidence of the mailing and publication of the notice shall be provided to the executive director. The notice shall include the following:

    (A) all information required by §39.11 of this title (relating to Text of Mailed Notice);

    (B) announcement of a 60-day comment period, and the name and address of an agency contact person to whom comments must be sent;

    (C) announcement of the date, time, and place for a public meeting on the modification request, to be held in accordance with paragraph (4) of this subsection;

    (D) name and telephone number of the permittee's contact person;

    (E) name and telephone number of an agency contact person;

    (F) identification of the location where copies of the modification request and any supporting documents can be viewed and copied; and

    (G) the following statement: "The permittee's compliance history during the life of the permit being modified is available from the agency contact person."

  (3) The permittee must place a copy of the permit modification request and supporting documents in a location accessible to the public in the vicinity of the permitted facility.

  (4) The permittee must hold a public meeting no earlier than 15 days after the publication of the notice required in paragraph (2) of this subsection and no later than 15 days before the close of the 60-day comment period. The meeting must be held to the extent practicable in the vicinity of the permitted facility.

  (5) The public shall be provided at least 60 days to comment on the modification request. The comment period will begin on the date the permittee publishes the notice in the local newspaper. Comments should be submitted to the agency contact person identified in the public notice.

  (6) After the conclusion of the 60-day comment period, the permit modification request shall be granted or denied in accordance with the applicable requirements of Chapter 39 of this title (relating to Public Notice), Chapter 50 of this title (relating to Action on Applications), and Chapter 55 of this title (relating to Request for Contested Case Hearing; Public Comment). When a permit is modified, only the conditions subject to modification are reopened.

(e) Other modifications.

  (1) In the case of modifications not explicitly listed in Appendix I of this subchapter, the permittee may submit a Class 3 modification request to the agency, or the permittee may request a determination by the executive director that the modification should be reviewed and approved as a Class 1 or Class 2 modification. If the permittee requests that the modification be classified as a Class 1 or Class 2 modification, the permittee must provide the agency with the necessary information to support the requested classification.

  (2) The executive director shall make the determination described in paragraph (1) of this subsection as promptly as practicable. In determining the appropriate class for a specific modification, the executive director shall consider the similarity of the modification to other modifications codified in Appendix I and the following criteria.

    (A) Class 1 modifications apply to minor changes that keep the permit current with routine changes to the facility or its operation. These changes do not substantially alter the permit conditions or reduce the capacity of the facility to protect human health or the environment. In the case of Class 1 modifications, the executive director may require prior approval;

    (B) Class 2 modifications apply to changes that are necessary to enable a permittee to respond, in a timely manner, to:

      (i) common variations in the types and quantities of the wastes managed under the facility permit;

      (ii) technological advancements; and

      (iii) changes necessary to comply with new regulations, where these changes can be implemented without substantially changing design specifications or management practices in the permit; and

    (C) Class 3 modifications reflect a substantial alteration of the facility or its operations.

(f) Temporary authorizations.

  (1) Upon request of the permittee, the commission may grant the permittee a temporary authorization having a term of up to 180 days, in accordance with this subsection, and in accordance with the following public notice requirements:

    (A) notice of a hearing on the temporary authorization shall be given not later than the 20th day before the hearing on the authorization; and

    (B) this notice of hearing shall provide that an affected person may request an evidentiary hearing on issuance of the temporary authorization.

  (2) The permittee may request a temporary authorization for:

    (A) any Class 2 modification meeting the criteria in paragraph (5)(B) of this subsection; and

    (B) any Class 3 modification that meets the criteria in paragraph (5)(B)(i) or (ii) of this subsection, or that meets any of the criteria in paragraph (5)(B)(iii) - (v) of this subsection and provides improved management or treatment of a hazardous waste already listed in the facility permit.

  (3) The temporary authorization request must include:

    (A) a specific description of the activities to be conducted under the temporary authorization;

    (B) an explanation of why the temporary authorization is necessary and reasonably unavoidable; and

    (C) sufficient information to ensure compliance with the applicable standards of Chapter 335, Subchapter F of this title (relating to Permitting Standards for Owners and Operators of Hazardous Waste Storage, Processing or Disposal Facilities) and 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 264.

  (4) The permittee must send a notice about the temporary authorization request by first-class mail to all persons listed in §39.13 of this title (relating to Mailed Notice). This notification must be made within seven days of submission of the authorization request.

  (5) The commission shall approve or deny the temporary authorization as quickly as practicable. To issue a temporary authorization, the commission must find:

    (A) the authorized activities are in compliance with the applicable standards of Chapter 335, Subchapter F of this title (relating to Permitting Standards for Owners and Operators of Hazardous Waste Storage, Processing or Disposal Facilities) and 40 CFR Part 264; and

    (B) the temporary authorization is necessary to achieve one of the following objectives before action is likely to be taken on a modification request:

      (i) to facilitate timely implementation of closure or corrective action activities;

      (ii) to allow treatment or storage in tanks, containers, or containment buildings, of restricted wastes in accordance with Chapter 335, Subchapter O of this title (relating to Land Disposal Restrictions), 40 CFR Part 268, or RCRA §3004;

      (iii) to prevent disruption of ongoing waste management activities;

      (iv) to enable the permittee to respond to sudden changes in the types or quantities of the wastes managed under the facility permit; or

      (v) to facilitate other changes to protect human health and the environment.

  (6) A temporary authorization may be reissued for one additional term of up to 180 days provided that the permittee has requested a Class 2 or 3 permit modification for the activity covered in the temporary authorization, and:

    (A) the reissued temporary authorization constitutes the commission's decision on a Class 2 permit modification in accordance with subsection (c)(6)(D) or (7)(D) of this section; or

    (B) the commission determines that the reissued temporary authorization involving a Class 3 permit modification request is warranted to allow the authorized activities to continue while the modification procedures of subsection (d) of this section are conducted.

(g) Public notice and appeals of permit modification decisions.

  (1) The commission shall notify all persons listed in §39.13 of this title (relating to Mailed Notice) within ten working days of any decision under this section to grant or deny a Class 2 or 3 permit modification request. The commission shall also notify such persons within ten working days after an automatic authorization for a Class 2 modification goes into effect under subsection (c)(8) or (11) of this section.

  (2) The executive director's or the commission's decision to grant or deny a Class 3 permit modification request under this section may be appealed under the appropriate procedures set forth in the commission's rules and in the Administrative Procedure Act, the Government Code, Chapter 2002.

(h) Newly regulated wastes and units.

  (1) The permittee is authorized to continue to manage wastes listed or identified as hazardous under 40 CFR, Part 261, or to continue to manage hazardous waste in units newly regulated as hazardous waste management units if:

    (A) the unit was in existence as a hazardous waste facility unit with respect to the newly listed or characteristic waste or newly regulated waste management unit on the effective date of the final rule listing or identifying the waste or regulating the unit;

    (B) the permittee submits a Class 1 modification request on or before the date on which the waste or unit becomes subject to the new requirements;

    (C) the permittee is in substantial compliance with the applicable standards of Chapter 335, Subchapter E of this title (relating to Interim Standards for Owners and Operators of Hazardous Waste Storage, Processing, or Disposal Facilities), Chapter 335, Subchapter H, Divisions 1 through 4 (relating to Standards for the Management of Specific Wastes and Specific Types of Facilities), and 40 CFR Part 265 and Part 266;

    (D) the permittee also submits a complete Class 2 or 3 modification request within 180 days after the effective date of the final rule listing or identifying the waste or subjecting the unit to RCRA Subtitle C management standards; and

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