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5/13/2021

Article 15. Emission Standards for Coal Preparation Plants (Rule 4-15)

9VAC5-40-1960. Applicability and designation of affected facility.

Article 15
Emission Standards for Coal Preparation Plants (Rule 4-15)

A. The affected facilities in coal preparation plants to which the provisions of this article apply are: thermal dryers, pneumatic coal- cleaning equipment (air tables), coal processing and conveying equipment (including breakers and crushers), coal storage systems, and coal transfer and loading systems.

B. The provisions of this article apply throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1307 and 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR120-04-1501, eff. January 1, 1985.

9VAC5-40-1970. Definitions.

A. For the purpose of these regulations and subsequent amendments or any orders issued by the board, the words or terms shall have the meanings given them in subsection C of this section.

B. As used in this article, all terms not defined here shall have the meanings given them in 9VAC5 Chapter 10 (9VAC5-10-10 et seq.), unless otherwise required by context.

C. Terms defined.

"Coal preparation plant" means any facility (excluding underground mining operations) which prepares coal by one or more of the following processes: breaking, crushing, screening, wet or dry cleaning, and thermal drying.

"Coal processing and conveying equipment" means any machinery used to reduce the size of coal or to separate coal from refuse, and the equipment used to convey coal to or remove coal and refuse from the machinery. This includes, but is not limited to, breakers, crushers, screens and conveyor belts.

"Coal storage system" means any facility used to store coal except for open storage piles.

"Pneumatic coal-cleaning equipment" means any facility which classifies bituminous coal by size or separates bituminous coal from refuse by application of air streams.

"Process operation" means any method, form, action, operation or treatment of manufacturing or processing, including any storage or handling of materials or products before, during or after manufacturing or processing.

"Process unit" means any step in a manufacturing or process operation which results in the emission of pollutants to the atmosphere.

"Process weight" means the total weight of all materials introduced into any process unit which may cause any emission of pollutants. Process weight includes solid fuels charged, but does not include liquid and gaseous fuels charged or combustion air for all fuels.

"Process weight rate" means a rate established as follows:

a. For continuous or long-run steady-state process operations, the total process weight for the entire period of continuous operation or for a typical portion of it, divided by the number of hours of such period or portion of it.

b. For cyclical or batch process operations, the total weight for a period that covers a complete operation or an integral number of cycles, divided by the hours of actual process operation during such a period.

"Thermal drier" means any facility in which the moisture content of bituminous coal is reduced by contact with a heated gas stream which is exhausted to the atmosphere.

"Transfer and loading system" means any facility used to transfer and load coal for shipment.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1307 and 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR120-04-1502, eff. January 1, 1985.

9VAC5-40-1980. Standard for particulate matter.

A. Thermal driers.

1. No owner or other person shall cause or permit to be discharged into the atmosphere from any thermal drier any particulate emissions in excess of the limits in Table 4-15A.

TABLE 4-15A

Process Weight Rate
Tons/Hr

Maximum Allowable Emission Rate
Lb/Hr

100 or less

45

200 or more

105

2. Interpretation of the emission standard in subdivision A 1 of this section shall be in accordance with 9VAC5-40-22.

B. Pneumatic coal-cleaning equipment.

1. No owner or other person shall cause or permit to be discharged into the atmosphere from any pneumatic coal-cleaning equipment any particulate emissions in excess of 0.05 grains per standard cubic foot of exhaust gas. In no event shall the emission rate exceed the appropriate limit in Table 4-15B.

2. Interpretation of the emission standard in subdivision B 1 of this section shall be in accordance with 9VAC5-40-22.

TABLE 4-15B

Process Weight Rate

Maximum Allowable Emission Rate

Lb/Hr

Tons/Hr

Lb/Hr

100

0.05

0.551

200

0.10

0.877

400

0.20

1.40

600

0.30

1.83

800

0.40

2.22

1000

0.50

2.58

1500

0.75

3.38

2000

1.00

4.10

2500

1.25

4.76

3000

1.50

5.38

3500

1.75

5.96

4000

2.00

6.52

5000

2.50

7.58

6000

3.00

8.56

7000

3.50

9.49

8000

4.00

10.4

9000

4.50

11.2

10000

5.00

12.0

12000

6.00

13.6

16000

8.00

16.5

18000

9.00

17.9

20000

10.00

19.2

30000

15.00

25.2

40000

20.00

30.5

50000

25.00

35.4

60000

30.00

40.0

70000

35.00

41.3

80000

40.00

42.5

90000

45.00

43.6

100000

50.00

44.6

120000

60.00

46.3

140000

70.00

47.8

160000

80.00

49.1

200000

100.00

51.3

1000000

500.00

69.0

2000000

1000.00

77.6

6000000

3000.00

92.7

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1307 and 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR120-04-1503, eff. January 1, 1985.

9VAC5-40-1990. Standard for visible emissions.

The provisions of Article 1 (9VAC5-40-60 et seq.) of this chapter (Emission Standards for Visible Emissions and Fugitive Dust/Emissions, Rule 4-1) apply.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1307 and 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR120-04-1504, eff. January 1, 1985.

9VAC5-40-2000. Standard for fugitive dust/emissions.

The provisions of Article 1 (9VAC5-40-60 et seq.) of this chapter (Emission Standards for Visible Emissions and Fugitive Dust/Emissions, Rule 4-1) apply.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1307 and 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR120-04-1505, eff. January 1, 1985.

9VAC5-40-2010. Standard for odor.

The provisions of Article 2 (9VAC5-40-130 et seq.) of this chapter (Emission Standards for Odor, Rule 4-2) apply.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1307 and 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR120-04-1506, eff. January 1, 1985.

9VAC5-40-2020. Standard for toxic pollutants.

The provisions of Article 3 (9VAC5-40-160 et seq.) of this chapter (Emission Standards for Toxic Pollutants, Rule 4-3) apply.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1307 and 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR120-04-1507, eff. January 1, 1985.

9VAC5-40-2030. Compliance.

The provisions of 9VAC5-40-20 (Compliance) apply.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1307 and 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR120-04-1508, eff. January 1, 1985.

9VAC5-40-2040. Test methods and procedures.

The provisions of 9VAC5-40-30 (Emission Testing) apply.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1307 and 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR120-04-1509, eff. January 1, 1985.

9VAC5-40-2050. Monitoring.

The provisions of 9VAC5-40-40 (Monitoring) apply.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1307 and 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR120-04-1510, eff. January 1, 1985.

9VAC5-40-2060. Notification, records and reporting.

The provisions of 9VAC5-40-50 (Notification, Records and Reporting) apply.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1307 and 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR120-04-1511, eff. January 1, 1985.

9VAC5-40-2070. Registration.

The provisions of 9VAC5-20-160 (Registration) apply.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1307 and 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR120-04-1512, eff. January 1, 1985.

9VAC5-40-2080. Facility and control equipment maintenance or malfunction.

The provisions of 9VAC5-20-180 (Facility and Control Equipment Maintenance or Malfunction) apply.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1307 and 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR120-04-1513, eff. January 1, 1985.

9VAC5-40-2090. Permits.

A permit may be required prior to beginning any of the activities specified below and the provisions of 9VAC5 Chapter 50 (9VAC5-50-10 et seq.) and 9VAC5 Chapter 80 (9VAC5-80-10 et seq.) may apply. Owners contemplating such action should contact the appropriate regional office for guidance.

1. Construction of a facility.

2. Reconstruction (replacement of more than half) of a facility.

3. Modification (any physical change to equipment) of a facility.

4. Relocation of a facility.

5. Reactivation (restart-up) of a facility.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1307 and 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from VR120-04-1514, eff. January 1, 1985.

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