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Virginia Administrative Code
6/12/2024

Part II. General Provisions

9VAC5-530-30. Purpose.

The purpose of this general permit is to establish requirements covering an emissions unit category pursuant to § 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia and 9VAC5-80-1250.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1307.02 and 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 27, Issue 23, eff. August 17, 2011.

9VAC5-530-40. Applicability and designation of affected emissions unit.

A. This chapter applies to each affected unit (i) for which construction, modification, or operation is commenced on or after August 17, 2011, (ii) that does not meet the permit exemption thresholds of 9VAC5-80-1320 C 1 or D 1 and (iii) that meets the requirements of this subsection:

1. For CI units located in either an attainment or nonattainment area with an aggregate rated electrical power output less than or equal to 58,886 kW (78,966 bhp).

2. For SI units located in an attainment area with an aggregate rated electrical power output less than or equal to 60,970kW (81,761 bhp).

3. For SI units located in a nonattainment area with an aggregate rated electrical power output less than or equal to 37,750 kW (50,623 bhp).

B. This chapter applies throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

C. The following affected units shall not be eligible for this general permit:

1. Any electric generating unit that is subject to the provisions of the major new source review program as defined in this chapter.

2. Any electric generating unit that is an emergency generator.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1307.02 and 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 27, Issue 23, eff. August 17, 2011; Errata, 27:25 VA.R. 2730 August 15, 2011; Errata, 28:14 1283 March 12, 2012.

9VAC5-530-50. General.

A. Any owner requesting authority to operate an affected unit shall comply with the requirements of 9VAC5-80 (Permits for Stationary Sources) and register with the department as required under 9VAC5-20-160. Not all parts of the general permit will apply to every owner. The determination of which parts apply will be based on where the unit is located and method of compliance determination. Parts I, II, and III of this chapter apply to all owners. Part IV of this chapter applies to affected units using fuel throughput for compliance determination. Part V of this chapter applies to affected units using hours of operation for compliance determination.

B. The existence of a permit under this chapter shall not constitute a defense of a violation of the Virginia Air Pollution Control Law or the regulations of the board and shall not relieve any owner of the responsibility to comply with any applicable regulations, laws, ordinances, and orders of the governmental entities having jurisdiction.

C. Upon request of the department, the owner shall reduce the level of operation or shut down an affected unit as necessary to avoid violating any primary ambient air quality standard and shall not return to normal operation until such time as the ambient air quality standard will not be violated.

D. This general permit to construct or modify each affected unit shall become invalid, unless an extension is granted by the department, if:

1. A program of continuous construction or modification is not commenced within 18 months from the date that this general permit is issued to the owner; or

2. A program of construction or modification is discontinued for a period of 18 months or more, or is not completed within a reasonable time, except for a department-approved period between phases of a phased construction project.

E. At all times, including periods of startup, shutdown, and malfunction, the owner shall, to the extent practicable, maintain and operate the affected unit, including associated air pollution control equipment, in a manner consistent with good air pollution control practices for minimizing emissions.

F. The owner shall develop a maintenance schedule and maintain records of all scheduled and nonscheduled maintenance.

G. The owner shall have available written operating procedures for equipment. These procedures shall be based on the manufacturer's recommendations, at a minimum.

H. The owner shall train operators in the proper operation of all such equipment and familiarize the operators with the written operating procedures prior to their first operation of such equipment and shall maintain records of the training provided including the names of trainees, the date of training, and the nature of the training.

I. Records of maintenance and training shall be maintained on-site for a period of five years and shall be made available to department personnel upon request. If the site is remotely operated, the maintenance and training records may be kept off-site but shall be made available to the department within three business days of a department request.

J. The owner shall keep a copy of this general permit on the premises of the affected unit to which it applies.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1307.02 and 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 27, Issue 23, eff. August 17, 2011.

9VAC5-530-60. Circumvention, suspension or revocation.

A. No owner shall cause or permit the installation or use of any device or any means that, without resulting in reduction in the total amount of air pollutants emitted, conceals or dilutes an emission of air pollutants that would otherwise violate this chapter.

B. This general permit may be suspended or revoked if the owner:

1. Knowingly makes material misstatements in the general permit application or any amendments to it.

2. Fails to comply with the conditions of this general permit.

3. Fails to comply with any emission standards applicable to an affected unit.

4. Causes emissions from the stationary source that result in violations of, or interfere with the attainment and maintenance of, any ambient air quality standard.

5. Fails to operate in conformance with any applicable control strategy, including any emission standards or emission limitations, or applicable regulations of the board in effect at the time an application for this general permit is submitted.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1307.02 and 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 27, Issue 23, eff. August 17, 2011.

9VAC5-530-70. Compliance.

A. Whenever it is necessary for the purpose of the regulations of the board, the board or an agent authorized by the board may at reasonable times enter an establishment or upon property, public or private, for the purpose of obtaining information or conducting surveys or investigations as authorized by § 10.1-1315 or 46.2-1187.1 of the Code of Virginia.

B. The time for inspection shall be deemed reasonable during regular business hours or whenever the source is in operation. Nothing contained herein shall make an inspection time unreasonable during an emergency.

C. Upon presentation of credentials and other documents as may be required by law, the owner shall allow the department to perform the following:

1. Enter upon the premises where the source is located or emissions-related activity is conducted or where records must be kept under the terms and conditions of this general permit.

2. Have access to and copy at reasonable times any records that must be kept under the terms and conditions of this general permit.

3. Inspect at reasonable times any facilities, equipment (including monitoring equipment), practices, or operations regulated or required under this general permit.

4. Sample or monitor at reasonable times substances or parameters for the purpose of assuring compliance with this general permit or applicable requirements.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1307.02 and 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 27, Issue 23, eff. August 17, 2011.

9VAC5-530-80. Enforcement of a general permit.

A. The following general requirements apply:

1. Pursuant to § 10.1-1322 of the Virginia Air Pollution Control Law, failure to comply with any term or condition of the general permit shall be considered a violation of the Virginia Air Pollution Control Law.

2. An owner who (i) violates or fails, neglects, or refuses to obey any provision of this chapter or the Virginia Air Pollution Control Law, any applicable requirement, or any permit term or condition; (ii) knowingly makes any false statement, representation or certification in any form, in any notice or report required by a permit; or (iii) knowingly renders inaccurate any required monitoring device or method shall be subject to the provisions of §§ 10.1-1307, 10.1-1309, 10.1-1316, 10.1-1318, and 10.1-1320 of the Virginia Air Pollution Control Law.

B. Violation of this permit is subject to the enforcement provisions including, but not limited to, those contained in 9VAC5-170 (Regulation for General Administration) and §§ 10.1-1309, 10.1-1309.1, 10.1-1311, and 10.1-1316 of the Virginia Air Pollution Control Law.

C. If any condition, requirement, or portion of this general permit is held invalid or inapplicable under any circumstance, such invalidity or inapplicability shall not affect or impair the remaining conditions, requirements, or portions of this general permit.

D. The owner shall comply with all applicable conditions of this general permit. Any noncompliance with this general permit constitutes a violation of the Virginia Air Pollution Control Law and is grounds for (i) enforcement action or (ii) suspension or revocation of the authorization to operate under this general permit.

E. It shall not be a defense for an owner in an enforcement action that it would have been necessary to halt or reduce the permitted activity in order to maintain compliance with the conditions of this general permit.

F. The authorization to operate under this general permit may be suspended or revoked for cause as specified in 9VAC5-530-80. The filing by an owner of a (i) request for reauthorization to operate under this general permit or (ii) notification of termination, planned changes, or anticipated noncompliance does not stay any condition of this general permit.

G. This general permit does not convey any property rights of any sort or any exclusive privilege.

H. Within 30 days of notification, the owner shall furnish to the department any information that the department may request in writing to determine whether cause exists for suspending or revoking the authorization to operate under this general permit or to determine compliance with this general permit. Upon request, the owner shall also furnish to the department copies of records required to be kept by this general permit and, for information claimed to be confidential, the owner shall furnish such records to the department along with a claim of confidentiality meeting the requirements of 9VAC5-170-60.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1307.02 and 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 27, Issue 23, eff. August 17, 2011.

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