- We start with an operating plant.
- The company completes and submits an application to the District.
- The application is checked for administrative completeness.
- The engineer begins the technical review of the application.
- Based on the application, the engineer drafts a permit and a summary.
- The permit goes through internal review at the District level.
- The permit is issued in draft form.
- Citizens can submit comments on the draft permit.
- Proposed permit is sent to EPA for final review.
- The EPA can object to a permit.
- All comments which are received are compiled to create a final permit.
- Citizens can petition the EPA after their review.
- The permit is issued as a final permit.
Once the permit is final, there are still legal avenues to pursue.
Modifying the permit during the permit term.
There are three different types of modifications.
- Administrative Amendments
- Minor Modifications
- Significant Modifications
For significant modifications, a draft permit is created and offered for public review and comment.
When and how can I get involved in this process?
- Do some homework before the draft permit is issued.
- When the draft permit is issued, gather the necessary information.
- Formulate comments and submit them on time.
- Keep track of important dates:
- Public comment period.
- EPA review period.
- Submit the right documents at the right time.
What procedures does the District follow when it issues, renews, reopens or makes a significant change to a Title V permit?
The District generally follows the following steps:
- Determine if the permit application is complete enough to begin processing it.
- Prepare a draft permit.
- Publish a notice to inform the public of (1) the public comment period (30 days) for the draft permit, and (2) deadline for requesting a public hearing on the draft permit.
- Notice can be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the area where the source is located or in a State publication, like a State register.
- The permitting authority must mail notices of draft permits to persons who have requested to be on a mailing list.
- The notice must include:
- the name of the facility, the name and address of the permittee and the permitting agency;
- activities covered by the draft permit;
- any emissions change involved in the permit action;
- who to contact for more information;
- how to get a copy of the draft permit and supporting materials;
- how to submit comments;
- time/place of any hearing already scheduled;
- how to request a hearing if one has not already been scheduled.
- You can start getting prepared for permit review before the public comment period.
- Decide whether to revise the draft permit (based on comments from the permittee, the public, or EPA).
- Send the proposed permit to EPA for its 45-day review.
- The permitting authority will often change the permit in response to EPA comments.
- If EPA has agreed to “concurrent review,” then its 45 days starts at the beginning of the public comment period.
- Revise permit with 90 days, if EPA has objected.
- Issue permit.
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