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Subpart 237-4: Compliance Certification

(Statutory authority: Environmental Conservation Law, §§ 1-0101, 3-0301, 19-0103, 19-0105, 19-0301, 19-0303, 19-0305, 19-0311)

[Filed 3/28/05. Effective 30 days after filing.]

[This is page 1 of 1 of this Subpart. A complete list of Subparts in this regulation appears in the Chapter 3 contents page. A list of sections in this Subpart appears below.]

For administrative information about this posting, contact: Division of Air Resources. The Bureau of Air Quality Planning at (518) 402-8396 is the contact for technical questions pertaining to this rule.

Contents:

Sec.

§237-4.1 Compliance certification report

(a) Applicability and deadline. For each control period in which one or more NOx budget units at a source are subject to the NOx budget emissions limitation, the NOx authorized account representative of the source shall submit to the department by the September 30th following the relevant control period, a compliance certification report for each source covering all such units.

(b) Contents of report. The NOx authorized account representative shall include in the compliance certification report under subdivision (a) of this section the following elements, in a format prescribed by the department, concerning each unit at the source and subject to the NOx budget emissions limitation for the control period covered by the report:

(1) identification of each NOx budget unit;

(2) except in instances when the NOx budget unit seeks to use future control period NOx allowances which may be deducted pursuant to section 237-6.5(f) of this Part, at the NOx authorized account representative's option, the serial numbers of the NOx allowances that are to be deducted from each unit's compliance account under section 237-6.5 of this Part for the control period;

(3) at the NOx authorized account representative's option, for units sharing a common stack and having NOx emissions that are not monitored separately or apportioned in accordance with Subpart 237-8 of this Part, the percentage of NOx allowances that is to be deducted from each unit's compliance account under section 237-6.5(e) of this Part;

(4) for units using future control period allowances for compliance purposes pursuant to section 237-6.5(f) of this Part, the statement of intent and report required under section 237-6.5(f)(2) of this Part; and

(5) the compliance certification under subdivision (c) of this section.

(c) Compliance certification. In the compliance certification report under subdivision (a) of this section, the NOx authorized account representative shall certify, based on reasonable inquiry of those persons with primary responsibility for operating the source and the NOx budget units at the source in compliance with the ADR NOx Budget Trading Program, whether each NOx budget unit for which the compliance certification is submitted was operated during the calendar year covered by the report in compliance with the requirements of the ADR NOx Budget Trading Program applicable to the unit, including:

(1) whether the unit was operated in compliance with the NOx budget emissions limitation;

(2) whether the monitoring plan that governs the unit has been maintained to reflect the actual operation and monitoring of the unit, and contains all information necessary to attribute NOx emissions to the unit, in accordance with Subpart 237-8 of this Part;

(3) whether all the NOx emissions from the unit, or a group of units (including the unit) using a common stack, were monitored or accounted for through the missing data procedures and reported in the quarterly monitoring reports, including whether conditional data were reported in the quarterly reports in accordance with Subpart 237-8 of this Part. If conditional data were reported, the owner or operator shall indicate whether the status of all conditional data has been resolved and all necessary quarterly report resubmissions have been made;

(4) whether the facts that form the basis for certification under Subpart 237-8 of this Part of each monitor at the unit or a group of units (including the unit) using a common stack, or for using an accepted monitoring method or alternative monitoring method approved under Subpart 237-8 of this Part, if any, has changed; and

(5) if a change is required to be reported under paragraph (4) of this subdivision, specify the nature of the change, the reason for the change, when the change occurred, and how the unit's compliance status was determined subsequent to the change, including what method was used to determine emissions when a change mandated the need for monitor recertification.

§237-4.2 Department's action on compliance certifications

(a) The department or its agent may review and conduct independent audits concerning any compliance certification or any other submission under the ADR NOx Budget Trading Program and make appropriate adjustments of the information in the compliance certifications or other submissions.

(b) The department or its agent may deduct NOx allowances from or transfer NOx allowances to a unit's compliance account or a source's overdraft account based on the information in the compliance certifications or other submissions, as adjusted under subdivision (a) of this section.