UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
REGION 6 1445 ROSS AVENUE, SUITE 1200 DALLAS, TEXAS 75202-2733
September 25, 2007
Re: Dear :
Flexible Permit Number
The Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6 (EPA) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) have been working together to address the complex issues related to air quality in the State of Texas. One of the areas that we have been focusing on is the development of a federally-approvable flexible permit rule. Although TCEQ has state-approved flexible permit rules in Title 30 of the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 116, Subchapter G (30 TAC 116.710 et seq.), EPA has not approved these rules into the implementation plan for the State of Texas (Texas SIP). Consequently, permits issued under these flexible permit rules reflect Texas state requirements and not necessarily the federally-applicable requirements.
The purpose of this letter is to clarify that you, as owner or operator of sources included in a TCEQ flexible permit, are obligated to comply with the federal requirements applicable to your plant, in addition to any particular requirements of your flexible permit.
_____________________________ was issued Flexible Permit Number 39142, under 30 TAC 116.710 et seq. We recognize that the flexible permit is the State permitting vehicle for certain operational requirements at your plant. However, unless and until such time as the Texas flexible permitting rules become part of the Texas SIP, you must continue to comply with applicable federal requirements, including those in the Texas SIP. This includes all terms and conditions of permits approved under the Texas SIP. An example of what is meant by the reference to “federal requirements” is the emission control limitations (e.g., lbs/MMBtu) and destruction efficiencies together with the associated monitoring and recordkeeping provisions contained in state or federal permits issued under SIP-approved rules.
Enclosed is a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding this letter and the federal and state permitting programs. Should you have further questions or inquiries, please contact Raymond Magyar of my staff at (214) 665-7288, or Rick Bartley in the Office of Regional Counsel at (214) 665-8046.
John Blevins Director Compliance Assurance and
Steve Hagle, Assistant Director, Air Permits Division
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality We promote compliance with Federal environmental regulations in partnership with our States and Tribes