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9VAC25-31-830. Approval procedures for POTW pretreatment programs and POTW granting of removal credits.

The following procedures shall be adopted in approving or denying requests for approval of POTW pretreatment programs and applications for removal credit authorization:

A. The director shall have 90 days from the date of public notice of any submission complying with the requirements of 9VAC25-31-810 B and, where removal credit authorization is sought with 9VAC25-31-790 E and 9VAC25-31-810 D, to review the submission. The director shall review the submission to determine compliance with the requirements of 9VAC25-31-800 B and F, and, where removal credit authorization is sought, with 9VAC25-31-790. The director may have up to an additional 90 days to complete the evaluation of the submission if the public comment period provided for in subdivision B 1 b of this section is extended beyond 30 days or if a public hearing is held as provided for in subdivision B 2 of this section. In no event, however, shall the time for evaluation of the submission exceed a total of 180 days from the date of public notice of a submission meeting the requirements of 9VAC25-31-810 B and, in the case of a removal credit application, 9VAC25-31-790 E and 9VAC25-31-810 B.

B. Upon receipt of a submission, the director shall commence its review. Within 20 work days after making a determination that a submission meets the requirements of 9VAC25-31-810 B and, where removal allowance approval is sought, 9VAC25-31-790 D and 9VAC25-31-810 D, the director shall:

1. Issue a public notice of request for approval of the submission.

a. This public notice shall be circulated in a manner designed to inform interested and potentially interested persons of the submission. Procedures for the circulation of public notice shall include:

(1) Mailing, by electronic or postal delivery, notices of the request for approval of the submission to designated CWA 208 planning agencies, federal and state fish, shellfish, and wildlife resource agencies (unless such agencies have asked not to be sent the notices); and to any other person or group who has requested individual notice, including those on appropriate mailing lists; and

(2) Publication of a notice of request for approval of the submission in a newspaper(s) of general circulation within the jurisdiction(s) served by the POTW that provides meaningful public notice.

b. The public notice shall provide a period of not less than 30 days following the date of the public notice during which time interested persons may submit their written views on the submission.

c. All written comments submitted during the 30-day comment period shall be retained by the director and considered in the decision on whether or not to approve the submission. The period for comment may be extended at the discretion of the director.

2. Provide an opportunity for the applicant, any affected state, any interested state or federal agency, person or group of persons to request a public hearing with respect to the submission.

a. This request for public hearing shall be filed within the 30-day (or extended) comment period described in subdivision 1 b of this subsection and shall indicate the interest of the person filing such request and the reasons why a public hearing is warranted.

b. The director shall hold a public hearing if the POTW so requests. In addition, a public hearing will be held if there is a significant public interest in issues relating to whether or not the submission should be approved. Instances of doubt should be resolved in favor of holding the public hearing.

c. Public notice of a public hearing to consider a submission and sufficient to inform interested parties of the nature of the public hearing and the right to participate shall be published in the same newspaper(s) as the notice of the original request for approval of the submission under subdivision 1 a (2) of this subsection. In addition, notice of the public hearing shall be sent to those persons requesting individual notice.

C. At the end of the 30-day (or extended) comment period and within the 90-day (or extended) period provided for in subsection A of this section, the director shall approve or deny the submission based upon the evaluation in subsection A of this section and taking into consideration comments submitted during the comment period and the record of the public hearing, if held. Where the director makes a determination to deny the request, the director shall so notify the POTW and each person who has requested individual notice. This notification shall include suggested modifications and the director may allow the requestor additional time to bring the submission into compliance with applicable requirements.

D. No POTW pretreatment program or authorization to grant removal allowances shall be approved by the director if following the 30-day (or extended) evaluation period provided for in subdivision B 1 b of this section and any public hearing held pursuant to subdivision B 2 of this section, the regional administrator sets forth in writing objections to the approval of such submission and the reasons for such objections. A copy of the regional administrator's objections shall be provided to the applicant and each person who has requested individual notice. The regional administrator shall provide an opportunity for written comments and may convene a public hearing on his objections. Unless retracted, the regional administrator's objections shall constitute a final ruling to deny approval of a POTW pretreatment program or authorization to grant removal allowances 90 days after the date the objections are issued.

E. The director shall notify those persons who submitted comments and participated in the public hearing, if held, of the approval or disapproval of the submission. In addition, the director shall cause to be published a notice of approval or disapproval in the same newspapers as the original notice of request for approval of the submission was published. The director shall identify in any notice of POTW pretreatment program approval any authorization to modify categorical pretreatment standards which the POTW may make, in accordance with 9VAC25-31-790, for removal of pollutants subject to pretreatment standards.

F. The director shall ensure that the submission and any comments upon such submission are available to the public for inspection and copying.

Statutory Authority

62.1-44.15 of the Code of Virginia; 402 of the federal Clean Water Act; 40 CFR Parts 122, 123, 124, 403, and 503.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 12, Issue 20, eff. July 24, 1996; amended, Virginia Register Volume 14, Issue 9, eff. March 1, 1998; Volume 29, Issue 24, eff. September 1, 2013.


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