ANTELOPE VALLEY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT
 
 
(Adopted: 01/09/76; Amended: 10/08/76; Amended: 01/02/79
Amended: 10/05/79; Amended: 09/04/81; Amended: 06/03/88;
Amended: 09/11/92; Amended: 08/12/94; Amended: 12/13/96; Amended: 03/17/98)
 
Rule 219
Equipment Not Requiring a Permit
 

(A) Purpose

  1. The purpose of this Rule is:

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    1. To describe equipment that does not require a written permit pursuant to Regulation II; and
    2. To describe equipment which does not need to be listed on an application for a Federal Operating Permit or on a Federal Operating Permit (FOP) issued pursuant to Regulation XXX.
(B) General Provisions
  1. The APCO shall not require an owner/operator to obtain a permit for particular equipment pursuant to Regulation II if:

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    1. Such equipment is described in the list of particular equipment in section (D) below.
    2. Has not been required to obtain a written permit or registration by the APCO pursuant to subsection (B)(3) below.
  1. The APCO shall not require an owner/operator to list particular equipment on an application for a FOP or require the listing of such equipment upon a FOP issued pursuant to Regulation XXX if:
  1.  Notwithstanding subsections (B)(1) and (B)(2) above the APCO may require a written permit or registration for equipment listed in section (D) below if:
    1.  The APCO determines that:
      1. the equipment, process material or air contaminant is subject to District Regulation IX, or X, or District Rule 1401; or
      2. the equipment, process material or air contaminant is subject to the emission limitation requirements of the state Air Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) or the National Emission Standards For Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP); or
      3. the equipment may not operate in compliance with all applicable District Rules and Regulations.
    1. Written notification is given to the equipment owner or operator.
    2. After such determination and notification the equipment shall thereafter be subject to District Rules 201 and 203
  1.  Nothing in this Rule shall be interpreted to exempt the emissions from such equipment from being considered in any emissions calculations required pursuant to Regulation XIII, Regulation XIV and/or Regulation XXX unless such emissions are specifically exempted by the terms of those Regulations.
  2. The burden of proof regarding the applicability of this Rule to particular equipment shall be upon the owner/operator of such equipment.
 
(C) Threshold Criteria for Exclusion from Federal Operating Permit
  1. To be eligible for exclusion from a FOP pursuant to section (B)(2) above, any equipment proposed to be excluded shall not emit Air Pollutants as defined in District Rule 3001(E) in an amount greater than:
      1. Any de minimis level promulgated pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §7412 (Federal Clean Air Act §112); or
      2. Any significance level defined in 40 CFR 52.21(b)(23)(i); or
      3. .5 ton per year.
(D) Specific Equipment not Requiring a Permit
  1. Mobile Equipment
    1.  Equipment defined as follows:
      1. motor vehicle or vehicle as defined by the California Vehicle Code; or
      2. marine vessel as defined by Health and Safety Code Section 39037.1; or
      3. a motor vehicle or a marine vessel that uses one internal combustion engine to propel the motor vehicle or marine vessel and operate other equipment mounted on the motor vehicle or marine vessel; or
      4. equipment which is mounted on a vehicle, motor vehicle or marine vessel if such equipment does not emit air contaminants.
    2.  This subsection does not apply to equipment which emits air contaminants and which is mounted and operated on a motor vehicle, marine vessel, mobile hazardous material treatment systems, mobile day tankers except those carrying solely fuel oil, or pavement heating machines.
  2.  Combustion and Heat Transfer Equipment
  1. Structures and Equipment - General
  1. Utility Equipment - General
    1. Comfort air conditioning or ventilating systems which are not designed or used to remove air contaminants generated by, or released from, specific equipment units, provided such systems are exempt pursuant to subsection (D)(2)(b).
    2. Refrigeration units except those used as or in conjunction with air pollution control equipment.
    3. Water cooling towers and water cooling ponds not used for evaporative cooling of process water or not used for evaporative cooling of water from barometric jets or from barometric condensers, and in which no chromium compounds are contained.
    4. Equipment used exclusively to generate ozone and associated ozone destruction equipment for the treatment of cooling tower water or for water treatment processes.
    5. Equipment used exclusively for steam cleaning provided such equipment is also exempt pursuant to subsection (D)(2)(b).
    6. Equipment used exclusively for space heating provided such equipment is exempt pursuant to subsection (D)(2)(b).
    7. Equipment used exclusively to compress or hold purchased quality natural gas, except internal combustion engines not exempted pursuant to subsection (D)(2)(a).
    8. Emergency ventilation systems used exclusively to scrub ammonia from refrigeration systems during process upsets or equipment breakdowns.
    9. Emergency ventilation systems used exclusively to contain and control emissions resulting from the failure of a compressed gas storage system.
    10. Refrigerant recovery and/or recycling units. This exemption does not include refrigerant reclaiming facilities.
    11. Carbon arc lighting equipment, provided such equipment is exempt pursuant to subsection (D)(2)(a).
  1.  Glass, Ceramic, Metallurgical Processing and Fabrication Equipment
    1. Crucible-type or pot-type furnaces with a brimful capacity of less than 7400 cubic centimeters (452 cubic inches) of any molten metal.
    2. Crucible furnaces, pot furnaces or induction furnaces with a capacity of 450 kilograms (992 pounds) or less each, where no sweating or distilling is conducted and where only the following materials are poured or held in a molten state:
      1. Aluminum or any alloy containing over 50 percent aluminum,
      2. Magnesium or any alloy containing over 50 percent magnesium,
      3. Tin or any alloy containing over 50 percent tin,
      4. Zinc or any alloy containing over 50 percent zinc,
      5. Copper, or any alloy containing over 50 percent copper,
      6. Precious metals, and
      7. Glass.
      Provided these materials do not contain alloying elements of arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, chromium and/or lead and such furnaces are exempt pursuant to subsection (D)(2)(b).
    3. Molds used for the casting of metals.
    4. Inspection equipment used exclusively for metal, plastic, glass, or ceramic products and control equipment venting exclusively such equipment.
    5. Ovens used exclusively for curing potting materials or castings made with epoxy resins, provided such ovens are exempt pursuant to subsection (D)(2)(b).
    6. Hand-held or automatic brazing and soldering equipment, and control equipment that exclusively vents such equipment, provided that the equipment uses one quart per day or less of material containing VOC. This exemption does not include hot oil, hot air, or vapor phase solder leveling equipment and related control equipment.
    7. Brazing ovens where no volatile organic compounds materials (except flux) are present, provided such ovens are exempt pursuant to subsection (D)(2)(b).
    8. Welding equipment or oxygen gaseous fuel-cutting equipment and control equipment venting such equipment. This exemption does not include plasma arc-cutting equipment that is used to cut stainless steel or rated 30 KW or more.
    9. Sintering equipment used exclusively for the sintering of metal (excluding lead) or glass where no coke or limestone is used, and control equipment exclusively venting such equipment, provided such equipment is exempt pursuant to subsection (D)(2)(b).
    10. Mold forming equipment for foundry sand to which no heat is applied, and where no volatile organic materials are used in the process, and control equipment exclusively venting such equipment.
    11. Forming equipment used exclusively for forging, rolling, or drawing of metals provided that any lubricants used have 50 grams or less of VOC per liter of material, or a VOC composite partial pressure of 20 mm Hg or less at 20oC (68oF), or equipment used for heating metals prior to forging, pressing, rolling or drawing, provided such heaters are exempt pursuant to subsection (D)(2)(b).
    12. Heat treatment equipment used exclusively for heat treating glass or metals (provided no volatile organic compounds materials are present), or equipment used exclusively for case hardening, carburizing, cyaniding, nitriding, carbonitriding, siliconizing or diffusion treating of metal objects, provided any combustion equipment involved is exempt pursuant to subsection (D)(2)(b).
    13. Ladles used in pouring molten metals.
    14. Tumblers used for the cleaning or deburring of solid materials.
    15. Die casting machines, except those used for copper base alloys, those with an integral furnace having a brimful capacity of more than 450 kg (992 lbs.), or those using a furnace not exempt pursuant to subsection (D)(2)(b).
    16. Furnaces or ovens used for the curing or drying of porcelain enameling, or vitreous enameling provided such furnaces or ovens are exempt pursuant to subsection (D)(2)(b).
    17. Wax burnout kilns where the total internal volume is less than 0.2 cubic meter (7.0 cubic feet) or kilns used exclusively for firing ceramic ware, provided such kilns are exempt pursuant to subsection (D)(2)(b).
    18. Shell-core and shell-mold manufacturing machines.
    19. Furnaces used exclusively for melting titanium materials in a closed evacuated chamber where no sweating or distilling is conducted, provided such furnaces are exempt pursuant tosubsection (D)(2)(b).
    20. Vacuum metallizing chambers which are electrically heated or heated with equipment that is exempt pursuant to subsection (D)(2)(b), and control equipment exclusively venting such equipment, provided the control equipment is equipped with a mist eliminator or the vacuum pump used with control equipment demonstrates operation with no visible emissions from the vacuum exhaust.
  2.  Abrasive Blasting Equipment
    1. Blast cleaning cabinets in which a suspension of abrasive in water is used and control equipment exclusively venting such equipment.
    2. Glove-box type abrasive blast cabinet, vented to a dust-filter where the total internal volume of the blast section is 1.5 cubic meters (53 cubic feet) or less, and any dust filter exclusively venting such equipment.
    3. Enclosed equipment used exclusively for shot blast removal of flashing from rubber and plastics at sub-zero temperatures and control equipment exclusively venting such equipment.
    4. Shot peening operations, provided no surface material is removed, and control equipment exclusively venting such equipment.
    5. Portable sand/water blaster equipment and associated piston type internal combustion engine, provided the water in the mixture is 66 percent or more by volume is maintained during operation of such equipment. Piston type internal combustion engines must be exempt pursuant to subsection (D)(2)(a).
  1.  Machining Equipment
  1. Printing and Reproduction Equipment
  1. Food Processing and Preparation Equipment
  1. Plastics, Composite and Rubber Processing Equipment
 
  1. Mixing and Blending Equipment
 
  1. Miscellaneous Process Equipment
    1. Batch ovens with 1.5 cubic meters (53 cubic feet) or less internal volume where no melting occurs, provided such equipment is exempt pursuant to (D)(2)(b). This exemption does not include ovens used to cure vinyl plastisols or debond brake shoes.
    2. Batch ovens used exclusively to cure 30 pounds per day or less of powder coatings, provided that such equipment is exempt pursuant to subsection (D)(2)(b).
    3. Equipment used exclusively for the washing and subsequent drying of materials and air pollution control equipment exclusively venting such equipment, provided that no volatile organic materials are emitted and the equipment is exempt pursuant to subsection (D)(2)(b).
    4. Equipment used exclusively for manufacturing soap or detergent bars, including mixing tanks, roll mills, plodders, cutters, wrappers, where no heating, drying or chemical reactions occur.
    5. Spray coating equipment operated within control enclosures.
    6. Coating or laminating equipment operated outside control enclosures such as air, airless, air-assisted airless, high volume low pressure (HVLP), and electrostatic spray equipment, and roller coaters, dip coaters, vacuum coaters and flow coaters and associated drying equipment which must be exempt pursuant to subsection (D)(2)(b), provided that:
    1. Spray coating and associated drying equipment and control enclosures used exclusively for educational purposes in educational institutions.
    2. Control enclosures with an internal volume of eight cubic feet or less, provided that aerosol cans, air brushes, or hand work are used exclusively.
    3. Portable coating equipment and pavement stripers used exclusively for the application of architectural coatings according to District Rule 1113, and associated internal combustion engines provided such equipment is exempt pursuant to section (B) or subsection (D)(2)(b).
    4. Inert gas generators, except equipment not exempt pursuant to subsection (D)(2)(b).
    5. Hammermills used exclusively to process aluminum and/or tin cans, and control equipment exclusively venting such equipment.
    6. Heated degreasers with a liquid/vapor interface surface area of 1.0 square foot or less, or using aqueous cleaning materials with a VOC content of 2 percent (20 g/L) or less by volume provided such degreasers have an organic solvent loss of 3 gallons per day or less excluding water. This exemption does not include heated degreasers with a capacity of more than 7.6 liters (2 gallons) or any equipment, which was designed as a solvent cleaning and drying machine, using solvents that are greater than 5 percent by weight of perchloroethylene, methylene chloride, carbon tetrachloride, chloroform, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, trichloroethylene, or any combination thereof.
    7. Paper shredding and associated conveying systems, baling equipment, and control equipment venting such equipment.
    8. Chemical vapor type sterilization equipment where no Ethylene Oxide is used, and with a chamber volume of two (2) cubic feet or less used by healthcare facilities.
    9. Hand lay, brush and roll up resins operation.
    10. Hot melt adhesive equipment.
    11. Pyrotechnical equipment, especial effects or fireworks paraphernalia equipment used for entertainment purposes, provided such equipment is exempt pursuant to subsection (D)(2).
    12. Ammunition or explosive testing equipment.
    13. Fire extinguishing equipment using halons.
    14.  Industrial wastewater treatment equipment which only does pH adjustment, precipitation, gravity separation and/or filtration of the wastewater, including equipment used for reducing hexavalent chromium and/or destroying cyanide compounds. This exemption does not include treatment processes where VOC and/or toxic materials are emitted, or where the inlet concentration of cyanide salts through the wastewater treatment process prior to pH adjustment exceeds 200 mg/liter.
    15. Equipment used exclusively for the packaging of sodium hypochlorite-based household cleaning or pool products.
    16.  Foam packaging equipment using twenty (20) gallons per day or less of liquid foam material.
    17.  Rental equipment operated by a lessee and which is not located more than twelve consecutive months at any one facility in the District provided that the owner of the equipment has a permit to operate issued by the District and that the lessee complies with the terms and conditions of the permit to operate
    18. Industrial wastewater evaporators treating water generated from on-site processes only, where no VOC and/or toxic materials are emitted and provided that the equipment is exempt pursuant to subsection (D)(2)(b).
  1. Storage and Transfer Equipment
    1.  Equipment used exclusively for the storage and transfer of fresh, commercial or purer grades of:
      1. Sulfuric acid or phosphoric acid with an acid strength of 99 percent or less by weight.
      2. Nitric acid with an acid strength of 70 percent or less by weight.
      3. Water based solutions of salts or sodium hydroxide. 
  1.  Natural Gas and Crude Oil Production Equipment:
    1. Well heads and well pumps.
    2. Crude oil and natural gas pipeline transfer pumps.
    3. Gas, hydraulic or pneumatic repressurizing equipment.
    4. Equipment used exclusively as water boilers, water or hydrocarbon heaters, and closed heat transfer systems (does not include steam generators used for oilfield steam injection) that have:
      1. a maximum heat input rate of 2,000,000 Btu per hour or less, and
      2. been equipped to be fired exclusively with purchased quality natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, produced gas which contains less than 10 ppm hydrogen sulfide, or any combination thereof.
    5. The following equipment used exclusively for primary recovery, and not associated with community lease units: 
      1. Gas separators and boots.
      2. Initial receiving, dehydrating, storage, washing and shipping tanks with an individual capacity of 34,069 liters (9,000 gallons) or less.
      3. Crude oil tank truck loading facilities (does not include a loading rack), and gas recovery systems exclusively serving tanks exempted under subsection (D)(15)(e)(ii) .
      4. Produced gas dehydrating equipment.
 
(E) Recordkeeping 
  1. Any person claiming exemptions under the provisions of this Rule shall provide adequate records pursuant to District Rule 109 and any applicable Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), to verify and maintain any exemption. Any test method used to verify the percentages, concentrations, vapor pressures, etc., shall be the approved test method as contained in the District's Test Method Manual.
 

(F) Compliance Date
 

  1. The owner/operator of equipment installed prior to December 13, 1996 and previously not requiring a permit pursuant to District Rule 219 amended on August 12, 1994 shall comply with District Rule 203 - Permit to Operate within one year of December 13, 1996 unless compliance is required before this time by written notification by the Executive Officer.