NORTHERN SONOMA COUNTY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT
RULE 540 - EQUIPMENT BREAKDOWN
(a) Breakdown Conditions
For the purposes of this rule, a breakdown condition means an unfore seeable failure or malfunction of any air pollution control equipment or related operating equipment which causes a violation of any emission limitation or restriction prescribed by these rules and regulations, or by State law, or similar failure of any required instack continuous monitoring equipment where such failure or malfunction:
(b) Breakdown Procedures
(c) Reporting Requirements
Within ten (10) days after a breakdown occurrence has been corrected,the owner or operator shall submit a written report to the Control Officer including, but not limited to, the following details:
Documentation of the breakdown condition may be required by the Control Officer.
(d) Burden of Proof
The burden shall be on the owner or operator of the source to provide sufficient information to demonstrate that a breakdown did occur. If the owner or operator fails to provide sufficient information, the Control Officer shall undertake appropriate enforcement action.
(e) Failure to Comply with Reporting Requirements
Any failure to comply, or comply in a timely manner, with the reporting requirements established in subparagraphs (b)(1)(A) and (c)(1) through (c)(4) of this rule shall constitute a separate violation of this rule.
(f) False Claiming of Breakdown Occurrence
It shall constitute a separate violation of this rule for any person to file with the Control Officer a report which falsely, or without probable cause, claims that an occurrence is a breakdown occurrence.
(g) Extended Breakdown Provisions
For any occurrence which causes a breakdown condition meeting the requirements of Rule 540(a) and which may persist for longer than twenty-four (24) hours (ninety-six hours for monitoring equipment), the owner or operator may, in lieu of shutdown, obtain an emergency variance as provided in Rule 615.