SAN DIEGO COUNTY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT

RULE 1414 - APPLICATIONS
(Adopted 1/18/94: Revised 3/7/95)

(a) General

Every application for a permit required under Rule 1410 shall be filed in the manner and form prescribed by the Air Pollution Control Officer and Section (f) of this rule. Each application must include the appropriate District supplemental standard forms for the equipment covered by the permit, or must reference applicable forms previously provided to the District. Upon request by the Air Pollution Control Officer an applicant shall give all the information necessary to enable the Air Pollution Control Officer to make the determinations required by

Rules 1420 and 1421 of this regulation. Submittal of a complete application does not relieve the source from obtaining an authority to construct pursuant to Rule 10 of these Rules and Regulations.

Every application for a permit required under Rule 1410 shall be accompanied by permit fees as specified by Rule 40 of these Rules and Regulations. Upon request by the applicant, the Air Pollution Control Officer will consider alternative payment arrangements in connection with applications for initial permit to operate, where processing of such applications is expected to be significantly delayed.

(b) Initial Permit to Operate for Existing Sources

The first application for a permit to operate for a source that is in operation at the time this regulation becomes effective, and which source is subject to this regulation, shall be submitted no later than 12 months after the effective date of this regulation. Within 30 days of the effective date of this regulation, the Air Pollution Control Officer may direct up to one third of the sources expected to be required to apply for initial permits to submit their applications no later than six months after the effective date of this regulation. The Air Pollution Control Officer shall endeavor to limit this call for accelerated application submissions to sources that are expected to submit relatively simple permit applications, and that are expected to receive permits to operate that carry over existing permit to operate terms and conditions with little change (other than the addition of new terms and conditions that are mandatory for all permits to operate). In selecting sources for accelerated application submission, the Air Pollution Control Officer shall take into account any information provided by a potential applicant that indicates that applicant's permit application will not be relatively simple.

(c) Initial Permit to Operate for New and Modified Sources

A complete application for a permit to operate for a source constructed or modified after the effective date of this regulation and required to comply with Section 112 (g) of the federal Clean Air Act or to have an Authority to Construct under a program approved into the State Implementation Plan pursuant to Parts C or D, Title I of the federal Clean Air Act must be submitted not later than 12 months after the source has commenced operation. Where an existing permit to operate would prohibit such construction or modification, the owner or operator of such source must obtain a permit revision before commencing operation.

(d) Initial Permit to Operate for Newly Regulated Sources

The owner or operator of any source that will become subject to the applicability of this regulation as a result of equipment modification or a change to equipment operation, shall apply for a permit to operate within 12 months after the source becomes subject to this regulation.

Where an authority to construct is not required for an existing emission unit, the owner or operator of a stationary source that becomes subject to this regulation due to an increase in emissions at the stationary source, a change in the applicability of this regulation made by the Administrator of the federal EPA, or for any other reason, shall apply for a permit under this regulation not later than 12 months after becoming subject to this regulation.

(e) Phase II Acid Rain Permits

Applications for approval of initial Phase II acid rain permits, required pursuant to Section 408, Title IV of the federal Clean Air Act, as a part of the permit to operate issued pursuant to this regulation shall be submitted to the Air Pollution Control Officer by January 1, 1996 for sulfur dioxide, and by January 1, 1998 for nitrogen oxides.

(f) Complete Application

A complete application for a permit to operate shall contain all of the following:
 

  1. Information sufficient to determine all applicable requirements and to evaluate the subject source for compliance with all applicable requirements. This information shall include emissions of insignificant units if determined necessary by the Air Pollution Control Officer for determining the applicability of this regulation or any applicable requirement to a source.
  2. A certification by a responsible official of the source stating that, based on information and belief formed after reasonable inquiry, the statements and information in the application are true, accurate, and complete.
  3. Information as described below for each source, except for insignificant units, covered by the application:

 

  1. A list of insignificant units which are exempt from the requirement to have a permit based on size or production rate.

(g) Optional Information on federal hazardous air pollutants

Any source may use the permit application process as an occasion for identifying and resolving issues related to the control of federal hazardous air pollutants at the source over the life of the permit. Any source seeking permit terms and conditions that will define applicable requirements over the life of the permit shall provide the information set forth in Subsection (f)(3) of this rule for any federal hazardous air pollutant or toxic air contaminant that is likely to be regulated at that source under federal or state law or local regulations over the life of the permit.

Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the applicability and effect of requirements that become applicable to a source during the life of the permit.

(h) Additional Information

Additional information necessary for determining compliance with any applicable requirements may be requested by the Air Pollution Control Officer after an application has been determined to be or deemed to be complete. The applicant must provide such information within a reasonable time as specified by the Air Pollution Control Officer, but in no case later than six months from the date requested.

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, promptly 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 it filed a complete application but prior to release of a draft permit.