15A NCAC 02Q .0507      APPLICATION

(a)  Except for:

(1)           minor permit modifications covered pursuant to 15A NCAC 02Q .0515;

(2)           significant modifications covered pursuant to 15A NCAC 02Q .0516(c); or

(3)           renewals submitted pursuant to 15A NCAC 02Q .0513;

the owner or operator of a source shall have one year from the date of beginning of operation of a source to file a complete application for a permit or permit revision. However, the owner or operator of a source shall not begin construction or operation of a source until he or she has obtained a construction and operation permit pursuant to 15A NCAC 02Q .0501(c) or (d) and 15A NCAC 02Q .0504.

(b)  An application shall include all the information described in 40 CFR 70.3(d) and 70.5(c), including a list of insignificant activities because of size or production rate but not including insignificant activities because of category. An application shall be certified by a responsible official for truth, accuracy, and completeness. In an application submitted pursuant to this Rule, the applicant may attach copies of applications submitted pursuant to 15A NCAC 02Q .0400 or 15A NCAC 02D .0530 or .0531 if the information in those applications contains information required in this Section and is current, accurate, and complete.

(c)  Application for a permit, permit revision, or permit renewal shall be made in accordance with 15A NCAC 02Q .0104 on forms of the Division and shall include plans and specifications giving all necessary data and information as required by this Rule. If the information provided on these forms does not describe the source or its air pollution abatement equipment to the extent necessary to evaluate the application, the Director shall request that the applicant provide any other information necessary to evaluate the source and its air pollution abatement equipment.

(d)  Along with filing a complete application, the applicant shall also file the following:

(1)           for a new facility or an expansion of existing facility, a consistency determination in accordance with G.S. 143-215.108(f) that:

(A)          bears the date of receipt entered by the clerk of the local government; or

(B)          consists of a letter from the local government indicating that all zoning or subdivision ordinances are met by the facility;

(2)           for a new facility or an expansion of an existing facility in an area without zoning, an affidavit and proof of publication of a legal notice as required pursuant to 15A NCAC 02Q .0113; and

(3)           if required by the Director, information showing that:

(A)          the applicant is financially qualified to carry out the permitted activities; or

(B)          the applicant has substantially complied with the air quality and emissions standards applicable to any activity in which the applicant has previously been engaged and has been in substantial compliance with federal and state environmental laws and rules.

(e)  The applicant shall submit copies of the application package as follows:

(1)           for sources subject to the requirements of 15A NCAC 02D .0530, .0531, or .1200, five copies plus one additional copy for each affected state that the Director has to notify pursuant to 15A NCAC 02Q .0521 and 15A NCAC 02Q .0522;

(2)           for sources not subject to the requirements of 15A NCAC 02D .0530, .0531, or .1200, three copies plus one additional copy for each affected state that the Director has to notify pursuant to 15A NCAC 02Q .0521 and 15A NCAC 02Q .0522.

(f)  Any applicant who fails to submit any relevant facts or who has submitted incorrect information in a permit application shall, upon becoming aware of such failure or incorrect submittal, submit such supplementary facts or corrected information. In addition, an applicant shall provide additional information as necessary to address any requirements that become applicable to the source after the date he filed a complete application but prior to release of a draft permit.

(g)  The applicant shall submit the same number of copies of additional information as required for the application package.

(h)  The submittal of a complete permit application shall not affect the requirement that any facility have a permit pursuant to 15A NCAC 02D .0530, .0531, or .0532 or pursuant to 15A NCAC 02Q .0400.

(i)  The Director shall give priority to permit applications containing early reduction demonstrations pursuant to Section 112(i)(5) of the federal Clean Air Act. The Director shall take final action on such permit applications after receipt of the complete permit application.

(j)  Except as specified in 15A NCAC 02Q .0203(i), a non-refundable permit application processing defined in 15A NCAC 02Q .0200, shall accompany each application. Each permit application shall be deemed incomplete until the permit application processing fee is received.

(k)  The applicant shall retain for the duration of the permit term one complete copy of the application package and all information submitted in support of the application package.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 143-215.3(a)(1); 143-215.107(a)(10); 143-215.108;

Temporary Adoption Eff. March 8, 1994 for a period of 180 days or until the permanent rule becomes effective, whichever is sooner;

Eff. July 1, 1994;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1997; July 1, 1996; February 1, 1995;

Temporary Amendment Eff. December 1, 1999;

Amended Eff. September 1, 2015; April 1, 2004; July 1, 2000;

Readopted Eff. April 1, 2018.