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Title 40Chapter ISubchapter CPart 97Subpart II → §97.186


Title 40: Protection of Environment
PART 97—FEDERAL NOX BUDGET TRADING PROGRAM, CAIR NOX AND SO2 TRADING PROGRAMS, CSAPR NOX AND SO2 TRADING PROGRAMS, AND TEXAS SO2 TRADING PROGRAM
Subpart II—CAIR NOX Opt-In Units


§97.186   Withdrawal from CAIR NOX Annual Trading Program.

Except as provided under paragraph (g) of this section, a CAIR NOX opt-in unit may withdraw from the CAIR NOX Annual Trading Program, but only if the permitting authority issues a notification to the CAIR designated representative of the CAIR NOX opt-in unit of the acceptance of the withdrawal of the CAIR NOX opt-in unit in accordance with paragraph (d) of this section.

(a) Requesting withdrawal. In order to withdraw a CAIR NOX opt-in unit from the CAIR NOX Annual Trading Program, the CAIR designated representative of the CAIR NOX opt-in unit shall submit to the permitting authority a request to withdraw effective as of midnight of December 31 of a specified calendar year, which date must be at least 4 years after December 31 of the year of entry into the CAIR NOX Annual Trading Program under §97.184(g). The request must be submitted no later than 90 days before the requested effective date of withdrawal.

(b) Conditions for withdrawal. Before a CAIR NOX opt-in unit covered by a request under paragraph (a) of this section may withdraw from the CAIR NOX Annual Trading Program and the CAIR opt-in permit may be terminated under paragraph (e) of this section, the following conditions must be met:

(1) For the control period ending on the date on which the withdrawal is to be effective, the source that includes the CAIR NOX opt-in unit must meet the requirement to hold CAIR NOX allowances under §97.106(c) and cannot have any excess emissions.

(2) After the requirement for withdrawal under paragraph (b)(1) of this section is met, the Administrator will deduct from the compliance account of the source that includes the CAIR NOX opt-in unit CAIR NOX allowances equal in amount to and allocated for the same or a prior control period as any CAIR NOX allowances allocated to the CAIR NOX opt-in unit under §97.188 for any control period for which the withdrawal is to be effective. If there are no remaining CAIR NOX units at the source, the Administrator will close the compliance account, and the owners and operators of the CAIR NOX opt-in unit may submit a CAIR NOX allowance transfer for any remaining CAIR NOX allowances to another CAIR NOX Allowance Tracking System in accordance with subpart GG of this part.

(c) Notification. (1) After the requirements for withdrawal under paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section are met (including deduction of the full amount of CAIR NOX allowances required), the permitting authority will issue a notification to the CAIR designated representative of the CAIR NOX opt-in unit of the acceptance of the withdrawal of the CAIR NOX opt-in unit as of midnight on December 31 of the calendar year for which the withdrawal was requested.

(2) If the requirements for withdrawal under paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section are not met, the permitting authority will issue a notification to the CAIR designated representative of the CAIR NOX opt-in unit that the CAIR NOX opt-in unit's request to withdraw is denied. Such CAIR NOX opt-in unit shall continue to be a CAIR NOX opt-in unit.

(d) Permit amendment. After the permitting authority issues a notification under paragraph (c)(1) of this section that the requirements for withdrawal have been met, the permitting authority will revise the CAIR permit covering the CAIR NOX opt-in unit to terminate the CAIR opt-in permit for such unit as of the effective date specified under paragraph (c)(1) of this section. The unit shall continue to be a CAIR NOX opt-in unit until the effective date of the termination and shall comply with all requirements under the CAIR NOX Annual Trading Program concerning any control periods for which the unit is a CAIR NOX opt-in unit, even if such requirements arise or must be complied with after the withdrawal takes effect.

(e) Reapplication upon failure to meet conditions of withdrawal. If the permitting authority denies the CAIR NOX opt-in unit's request to withdraw, the CAIR designated representative may submit another request to withdraw in accordance with paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section.

(f) Ability to reapply to the CAIR NOX Annual Trading Program. Once a CAIR NOX opt-in unit withdraws from the CAIR NOX Annual Trading Program and its CAIR opt-in permit is terminated under this section, the CAIR designated representative may not submit another application for a CAIR opt-in permit under §97.183 for such CAIR NOX opt-in unit before the date that is 4 years after the date on which the withdrawal became effective. Such new application for a CAIR opt-in permit will be treated as an initial application for a CAIR opt-in permit under §97.184.

(g) Inability to withdraw. Notwithstanding paragraphs (a) through (f) of this section, a CAIR NOX opt-in unit shall not be eligible to withdraw from the CAIR NOX Annual Trading Program if the CAIR designated representative of the CAIR NOX opt-in unit requests, and the permitting authority issues a CAIR NOX opt-in permit providing for, allocation to the CAIR NOX opt-in unit of CAIR NOX allowances under §97.188(c).

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