Nev. Admin. Code § 445B.308 - Prerequisites and conditions for issuance of certain operating permits; compliance with applicable state implementation plan

Current through August 4, 2021

1. Except for a Class IV operating permit, in any area designated as attainment or unclassifiable for a regulated air pollutant, before an operating permit or a revision of an operating permit may be issued:
(a) For a new or modified stationary source;
(b) For a plantwide applicability limitation; or
(c) To allow a plantwide applicability limitation to expire and not be renewed, ^ in accordance with NAC 445B.308 to 445B.314, inclusive, the applicant must submit to the Director an environmental evaluation and any other information the Director determines is necessary to make an independent air quality impact assessment.
2. The Director shall not issue an operating permit or a revision of an operating permit for any stationary source if the environmental evaluation submitted by the applicant shows, or if the Director determines, in accordance with the provisions of this section, that the stationary source:
(a) Will prevent the attainment and maintenance of the state ambient air quality standards. For the purposes of this paragraph, only those state ambient air quality standards that have been established in NAC 445B.22097 need to be considered in the environmental evaluation.
(b) Will cause a violation of the applicable state implementation plan.
(c) Will cause a violation of any applicable requirement.
(d) Will not comply with subsection 4.
3. The Director shall not issue an operating permit or a revision of an operating permit for any stationary source if the Director determines, in accordance with subsection 3 of NAC 445B.311, that the degree of emission limitation required for control of an air pollutant under this section is affected by that amount of the stack height of any source as exceeds good engineering practice stack height, including a good engineering practice stack height demonstrated by a fluid model or a field study approved by the Director in accordance with paragraph (c) of subsection 1 of NAC 445B.083, or any other dispersion technique.
4. To be issued an operating permit or a revision of an operating permit, the owner or operator of a major stationary source or major modification, as those terms are defined in 40 C.F.R. § 51.165, who proposes to construct in an area designated nonattainment for the regulated air pollutant or pollutants for which the stationary source or modification is major must:
(a) Comply with the provisions of 40 C.F.R. § 51.165, as adopted by reference in NAC 445B.221.
(b) Adopt as an emission limitation for the stationary source the lowest achievable emission rate for each nonattainment regulated air pollutant from the stationary source.
(c) Demonstrate that all other stationary sources within this State which are owned, operated or controlled by the applicant are in compliance or on a schedule of compliance with NAC 445B.001 to 445B.390, inclusive, and all other applicable requirements and conditions of the permit.
(d) Conduct an analysis of any anticipated impact on visibility in any federal Class I area which may be caused by emissions from the stationary source.
(e) Conduct an analysis of alternative sites, sizes, processes of production and techniques for environmental control for the proposed stationary source. Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, the analysis must demonstrate that the benefits of the proposed stationary source significantly outweigh the detrimental environmental and social effects that will result from its location, construction or modification. If the major stationary source or major modification proposes to locate in an area designated as marginal nonattainment for ozone, the analysis must demonstrate an offset ratio of 1.2 to 1 for volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides. For the purposes of this paragraph, a stationary source which is major for volatile organic compounds or nitrogen oxides shall be deemed major for ozone if the proposed location of the major stationary source or major modification is in an area designated as nonattainment for ozone.
(f) Comply with one of the following:
(1) Sufficient offsets in emissions must be obtained by the time the proposed stationary source begins operation to ensure that the total allowable emissions of each nonattainment regulated air pollutant from the existing stationary sources in the area, those stationary sources in the area which have received their respective permits and the proposed stationary source will be sufficiently less than the total emissions from the existing stationary sources and those stationary sources in the area which have received their respective permits before the proposed stationary source applies for its operating permit or a revision of an operating permit, in order to achieve reasonable further progress; or
(2) If the major stationary source or major modification is located in a zone identified by the Administrator as one to be targeted for economic development, the owner or operator must demonstrate that the emission from the stationary source will not cause or contribute to emissions levels which exceed the allowance permitted for a regulated air pollutant for the nonattainment area.

For the purposes of this paragraph, offsets must comply with the provisions of Appendix S of 40 C.F.R. Part 51, as adopted by reference in NAC 445B.221, and be coordinated with the appropriate local agency for the control of air pollution.

5. To be issued an operating permit or a revision of an operating permit, the owner or operator of a major stationary source or major modification who proposes to construct in any area designated as attainment or unclassifiable under 42 U.S.C. § 7407(d) must comply with the provisions of 40 C.F.R. § 52.21, as adopted by reference in NAC 445B.221.
6. The Director may impose any reasonable conditions on his or her approval, including conditions requiring the owner or operator of the stationary source to:
(a) Conduct monitoring of the quality of the ambient air at the facility site for a reasonable period before the commencement of construction or modification and for any specified period after operation has begun at the stationary source; and
(b) Meet standards for emissions that are more stringent than those found in NAC 445B.001 to 445B.390, inclusive.
7. If a proposed stationary source located on contiguous property is constructed or modified in phases which individually are not subject to review as provided in NAC 445B.308 to 445B.314, inclusive, all phases occurring since November 7, 1975, must be added together for determining the applicability of those sections.
8. Approval and issuance of an operating permit or a revision of an operating permit for any stationary source does not affect the responsibilities of the owner or owners to comply with any other portion of the applicable state implementation plan.
9. As used in this section:
(a) "Offset ratio" means the percentage by which a reduction in an emission must exceed the corresponding increase in that emission.
(b) "Reasonable further progress" means the annual incremental reductions in emissions of the relevant regulated air pollutant that are required by 42 U.S.C. §§ 7501 to 7515, inclusive, or are required by the Administrator to ensure attainment of the applicable standard for national ambient air quality by the applicable date.

Notes

Nev. Admin. Code § 445B.308
Environmental Comm'n, Air Quality Reg. § 13.1.1, eff. 11-7-75; A 8-28-79; § 13.1.3, eff. 11-7-75; A 8-28-79; 2-28-80; §§ 13.1.4-13.1.7, eff. 11-7-75-NAC A 10-22-87; 9-19-90; 11-23-92; 12-13-93, eff. 11-15-94; 3-29-94, eff. 11-15-94; 10-30-95; R105-97, 3-5-98; R103-02, 12-17-2002; R125-04, 9-24-2004; R096-05, 10-31-2005; R139-06 & R151-06, 9-18-2006; R142-07, 4-17-2008; R014-11, 10-26-2011; R042-13, 12-23-2013; A by R054-15, eff. 10-27-2015; A by R085-16A, eff. 11-2-2016; A by R145-17AP, eff. 5-16-2018
NRS 445B.210 and 445B.300

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