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Dairy Manure Anaerobic Digesters (General Order)

What is the Purpose of this General Order?
The Department of Ecology (Ecology) issues general orders to businesses to make sure Washington meets state and federal air quality requirements. A general order is a group permit that simplifies the air permitting process. When several sources of the air pollution are similar, Ecology can issue a “general order” for all the sources, rather than a series of individual permits. A general order permit limits the amount of air pollutants a business can emit. It is different from the Notice of Construction process because all of the work is done up front. Because the majority of the work has been done up front, the time necessary to gain approval from Ecology is greatly reduced.
Who Issues this General Order?
Department of Ecology
What Activities Require this General Order?
Any dairy manure anaerobic digester proposing to locate in Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Lincoln, Grant, Adams, Whitman, Garfield, Columbia, Franklin, Walla Walla, Asotin, or San Juan counties as well as chemical pulp and paper mills, aluminum smelters and the Hanford Reservation site.

If the county you would like to operate in is not listed here, please visit the Washington Clean Air Agencies[https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Our-role-in-the-community/Partnerships-committees/Clean-air-agencies] webpage to get the correct contact information.

Your dairy manure anaerobic digester must meet the approval conditions as stated in the General Order Permit, as determined by Ecology.
How Much Will this General Order Cost?
See the application for fee information.
Where Can I Get the Application for this General Order?
The application which is called 'General Order Application: Dairy Anaerobic Digesters' is online and can be accessed at https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/SummaryPages/ECY070453.html.
Do I Need to Include Anything with my Application?
You must submit documentation of State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) compliance. If a SEPA determination has not been issued a SEPA checklist must be submitted to Ecology. See the application for what additional information you will need to provide.
Is the Decision on my General Order Dependent on Anything Besides the Information in my Application?
When making the decision on your order, Ecology will consider the applicable laws and rules, the contents of your application, and the background environmental conditions. Depending upon the size or location of the facility, coverage may not be granted.
How Long Will it Take to Review my Application?
For facilities that qualify for coverage, the applicant should receive a Coverage Order within 30 days after Ecology receives the complete application.

For facilities that do not qualify for coverage, the applicant will receive a letter from Ecology within 30 days of receiving the complete application. The letter will state why the facility does not qualify for coverage under this General Order of Approval.
Where do I Submit my Application?
Mail the complete application package to:

    Department of Ecology
    Cashiering Unit
    P.O. Box 47611
    Olympia, WA 98504-7611
How Long is my General Order Valid?
The General Order is valid until the source modifies its practices.
What is the Appeal Process for the General Order?
You have a right to appeal the Order to the Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) within 30 days of the date of receipt of the Order. The appeal process is governed by Chapter 43.21B RCW and Chapter 371-08 WAC. “Date of receipt” is defined in RCW 43.21B.001(2).

You must also comply with other applicable requirements in Chapter 43.21B RCW and Chapter 371-08 WAC.

Read the Pollution Control Board’s Appeal Process web page for more details.
Permit Timeliness Results

Permit Timeliness data collection is in response to a State Auditor’s Performance Audit and RCW 43.42A. Each regulatory agency developed a plan to improve permit clarity, predictability, and timeliness. Each agency considers the customers experience to ensure permit assistance is simple to use, easy to access, and designed in a customer-friendly manner. Agencies report progress to the Governor’s Office for Regulatory Innovation and Assistance (ORIA). ORIA prepares and distributes reports, with participation from the State Auditor’s Office and Results Washington. See latest report here: https://www.oria.wa.gov/ORIA-2018-PermitTimelinessProgressReport.pdf.

All permits submitted for reporting were entered into this Regulatory Handbook. Here are the results of the performance data:

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Process a Permit Application (Definition)
Average number of days from Receipt to Complete: 11
Maximum number of days from Receipt to Complete: 34

Estimated Time Required By the Agency to Issue a Permit Decision (Definition)
Average number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 28
Maximum number of days from Complete Application to Decision: 46

The general order permits are not tracked individually so the results are combined for General Order of Approval for: Asphalt Plants, Auto Body Shops, Concrete Batch Plants, Dairy Manure Anaerobic Digesters, Gas Fired Emergency Electrical Generators, Perchloroethylene Dry Cleaners, Small Boilers Using Natural Gas, Propane, or Diesel Fuel, and Stationary or Portable Rock Crushers.

(Summary results based on 9 submittals in 2019)

Statewide Contact:
Department of Ecology
Air Quality Program
Headquarters
300 Desmond Drive
PO BOX 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
Telephone: (360) 407-6000
Website: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Our-Programs/Air-Quality
* Permit information last updated 6/10/2020
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