(1) The department may issue a conditional air quality open burning permit if the department determines that:
(a) alternative methods of disposal would result in extreme economic hardship to the applicant; and
(b) emissions from open burning will not endanger public health or welfare or cause or contribute to a violation of any Montana or federal ambient air quality standard.
(2) The department must be reasonable when determining whether alternative methods of disposal would result in extreme economic hardship to the applicant.
(3) Conditional open burning must conform with BACT.
(4) The department may issue a conditional air quality open burning permit to dispose of:
(a) solid wood and wood byproduct trade wastes by any business, trade, industry, or demolition project; or
(b) untreated wood waste at a licensed landfill site, if the department determines that:
(i) the proposed open burning will occur at an approved burn site, as designated in the solid waste management system license issued by the department pursuant to ARM Title 17, chapter 50, subchapter 5;
(ii) the material to be burned complies with ARM Title 17, chapter 50, subchapter 5; and
(iii) prior to each burn, the burn pile was inspected by the department or its designated representative and no prohibited materials listed in ARM 17.8.604 were present.
(5) A permit issued under this rule is valid for the following periods:
(a) solid wood and wood byproduct trade wastes--one year; and
(b) untreated wood waste at licensed landfill sites--one year.
(6) The department may place any reasonable requirements in a conditional air quality open burning permit that the department determines will reduce emissions of air pollutants or minimize the impact of emissions, and the recipient of a permit must adhere to those conditions. For a permit granted under (4)(a), BACT for the year covered by the permit will be specified in the permit; however, the source may be required, prior to each burn, to receive approval from the department of the date of the proposed burn to ensure that good ventilation exists and to assign burn priorities if other sources in the area request permission to burn on the same day. Approval may be requested by calling the department at (800) 225-6779.
(7) An application for a conditional air quality open burning permit must be made on a form provided by the department, and must be accompanied by the appropriate air quality permit application fee required under ARM 17.8.515. The applicant shall provide adequate information to enable the department to determine whether the application satisfies the requirements for a conditional air quality open burning permit contained in this rule. Proof of publication of public notice, as required in (8), must be submitted to the department before an application will be considered complete.
(8) An applicant for a conditional air quality open burning permit shall notify the public of the application by legal publication, at least once, in a newspaper of general circulation in the area affected by the application. The notice must be published no sooner than ten days prior to submittal of an application and no later than ten days after submittal of an application. Form of the notice must be provided by the department and must include a statement that public comments may be submitted to the department concerning the application within 20 days after publication of notice or filing of the application, whichever is later. A single public notice may be published for multiple applicants.
(9) A conditional air quality open burning permit granted under (4)(a) of this rule is a temporary measure to allow time for the entity generating the trade wastes to develop alternative means of disposal.
(10) When the department approves or denies the application for a permit under this rule, a person who is directly and adversely affected by the department's decision may request a hearing before the board in the manner provided in 75-2-211, MCA.