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APPROVED RULES

(2)In the definition of "net emissions increase," the reasonable period specified in 40 CFR 51.165(a)(1)(vi)(C)(1) shall be seven years.
(b)  Redesignation to Attainment.  If any county or part of a county to which this Rule applies is later designated in 40 CFR 81.334 as attainment for ozone or carbon monoxide, all sources in that county subject to this Rule before the redesignation date shall continue to comply with this Rule.
(c)  Applicability. 40 CFR 51.165(a)(2) is incorporated by reference.  This Rule applies to the following areas:
(1)Ozone Nonattainment Areas, to major stationary sources and major modifications of sources of volatile organic compounds or nitrogen oxides for which construction commences after the area in which the source is located is designated according to Part (A) or (B) of this Subparagraph:

(A)areas designated in 40 CFR 81.334 as nonattainment for ozone, or

(B)any of the following areas and in that area only when the Director notices in the North Carolina Register that the area is in violation of the ambient air quality standard for ozone:

(i)Charlotte/Gastonia, consisting of Mecklenburg and Gaston Counties; with the exception allowed under Paragraph (l) of this Rule;

(ii)Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point, consisting of Davidson, Forsyth, and Guilford Counties and that part of Davie County bounded by the Yadkin River, Dutchmans Creek, North Carolina Highway 801, Fulton Creek and back to Yadkin River; or

(iii)Raleigh/Durham, consisting of Durham and Wake Counties and Dutchville Township in Granville County.

Violations of the ambient air quality standard for ozone shall be determined according to 40 CFR 50.9.

(2)Carbon Monoxide Nonattainment Areas.  This Rule applies to major stationary sources and major modifications of sources of carbon monoxide located in areas designated in 40 CFR 81.334 as nonattainment for carbon monoxide and for which construction commences after the area in which the source is located is listed in 40 CFR 81.334 as nonattainment for carbon monoxide.
(d)  This Rule is not applicable to:
(1)complex sources of air pollution regulated only under Section .0800 of this Subchapter and not under any other rule in this Subchapter;
(2)emission of pollutants at the new major stationary source or major modification located in the nonattainment area that are pollutants other than the pollutant or pollutants for which the area is nonattainment.
(3)emission of pollutants for which the source or modification is not major;
(4)a new source or modification that qualifies for exemption under the provision of 40 CFR 51.165(a)(4); or
(5)emission of compounds listed under 40 CFR 51.100(s) as having been determined to have negligible photochemical reactivity except carbon monoxide.
(e)  15A NCAC 02Q .0102 and .0302 are not applicable to any source to which this Rule applies.  The owner or operator of the source shall apply for and receive a permit as required in 15A NCAC 02Q .0300 or .0500.
(f)  To issue a permit to a source to which this Rule applies, the Director shall determine that the source meets the following requirements:
(1)The new major stationary source or major modification will emit the nonattainment pollutant at a rate no more than the lowest achievable emission rate;
(2)The owner or operator of the proposed new major stationary source or major modification has demonstrated that all major stationary sources in the State that are owned or operated by this person (or any entity controlling, controlled by, or under common control with this person) are subject to emission limitations and are in compliance, or on a schedule for compliance that is federally enforceable or contained in a court decree, with all applicable emission limitations and standards of this Subchapter that EPA has authority to approve as elements of the North Carolina State Implementation Plan for Air Quality;
(3)The owner or operator of the proposed new major stationary source or major modification will obtain sufficient emission reductions of the nonattainment pollutant from other sources in the nonattainment area so that the emissions from the new major source and associated new minor sources will be less than the emissions reductions by a ratio of at least 1.00 to 1.15 for volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides and by a ratio of less than one to one for carbon monoxide.  The baseline for this emission offset shall be the actual emissions of the source from which offset credit is obtained.  Emission reductions shall not include any reductions resulting from compliance (or scheduled compliance) with applicable rules in effect before the application. The difference between the emissions from the new major source and associated new minor sources of carbon monoxide and the emission reductions shall be sufficient to represent reasonable further progress toward attaining the Ambient Air Quality Standards.  The emissions reduction credits shall also conform to the provisions of 40 CFR 51.165(a)(3)(ii)(A) through (G) and (J); and
(4)The North Carolina State Implementation Plan for Air Quality is being carried out for the nonattainment area in which the proposed source is located.
(g)  New natural gas-fired electrical utility generating units shall install lowest achievable emission rate technology for NOX and SO2.

22:23                                                               NORTH CAROLINA REGISTER                                           JUNE 2, 2008

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