Renewal, Transfer & Amendment

Renewal

Most permits issued by Environmental Permits & Support in Austin are renewable. These permits are typically issued for a period of five years and expire automatically unless renewal is requested by the Permittee.

To request renewal of a RRC environmental permit (e.g., discharge, pit, landfarm, or STF permit), the Permittee must send a letter to Technical Permitting in Austin requesting renewal within 60 days of the expiration of the permit. The letter should include P-5 Operator name, address, any requirements listed in the Application Requirements Table, and be signed by a representative who is authorized by the Operator.

If the permit requires financial security, a new Closure Cost Estimate (CCE) demonstrating any changes to the facility that may increase the cost of closure should be submitted or a statement that explains that no modifications have been made to the facility that would increase the cost of closure should be submitted.

If any amendments to the permit are being requested, those requests should be outlined in the letter and should explain why the amendments are necessary. Any change to operations regarding the permit should be noted. Requests for permit amendment may require additional time to process.

A renewal request does not guarantee approval of a permit renewal and the permit may be subject to modification.

Transfer

To transfer a RRC environmental permit (e.g., discharge, pit, landfarm, or STF permit), the Operator who will be the new Permittee after the transfer must send a letter to Technical Permitting in Austin requesting transfer of the permit(s). The letter should include the new P-5 Operator name, address, any requirements listed in the Application Requirements Table, and be signed by a representative who is authorized by the Operator.

The request for transfer should be received in Austin before the new Operator begins operations at the permitted facility. If the new Operator intends to use the permit prior to transfer approval by Austin, the operator must state that in the request for transfer and state when the new Operator will begin operations.

The transfer request should be received by Technical Permitting in Austin after ownership has been transferred, but 60 days before the new Operator begins operations. The new Operator is bound by the conditions of the permit and RRC may enforce all conditions of the permit. 

If any amendments to the permit are being requested, those requests should be outlined in the letter and should explain why the amendments are necessary. Any change to operations regarding the permit should be noted. Requests for permit amendment may require additional time to process.

If the permit requires financial security, you must submit a Naturally Occuring Radioactive Material (NORM) survey and a new Closure Cost Estimate (CCE) demonstrating any changes to the facility that may increase the cost of closure.

A transfer request does not guarantee approval of a permit transfer and the permit may be subject to modification.

Non-commercial pit permits (e.g., Brine Cavern Storage Pits, Emergency Saltwater Storage Pits)  associated with a RRC-designated lease automatically transfer when the Certificate of Compliance and Transportation Authority (Form P-4) is transferred to the new Operator, so a transfer request does not need to be submitted to Technical Permitting in Austin. Commercial permits associated with a Form P-4 must transfer the Form P-4 before the environmental permit can be transferred.

Amendment

To request an amendment of a RRC environmental permit (e.g., discharge, pit, landfarm, or STF permit), the Permittee must send to Technical Permitting in Austin a letter describing the requested amendments that should explain why the amendments are necessary. Any change to operations regarding the permit should be noted. If the permit requires financial security and the amendments to the permit would increase the cost of closure, a new Closure Cost Estimate (CCE) must be submitted. Depending on the significance of the permit amendments, surface owner, adjacent landowner, and published notice may be required. Check the Application Requirements Table for guidance.

An amendment request does not guarantee approval of a permit amendment and the permit may be subject to modification. Do not implement any changes subject to the amendment request prior to issuance of the amended permit and approval of the revised financial security (if financial security is required).

Last Updated: 4/5/2016 10:42:19 AM