(1) The department may issue an air quality open burning permit for disposal of Christmas tree waste, as defined in ARM 17.8.601(2).
(2) The department may issue an air quality Christmas tree waste open burning permit if the department determines that 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.
(3) Christmas tree waste open burning must conform with BACT.
(4) A permit issued under this rule is valid for one year, and applicants may reapply for a permit annually.
(5) The department may place any reasonable requirements in an air quality Christmas tree waste 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. The following conditions, at a minimum, must be included in any air quality Christmas tree waste open burning permit:
(a) BACT for the year covered by the permit; and
(b) a provision that the source may be required, prior to each burn, to receive approval from the department of the date and time of the proposed burn to ensure that good ventilation exists and to assign burn priorities, if necessary. Approval may be requested by calling the department at (800) 225-6779.
(6) An application for an air quality Christmas tree waste open burning permit must be made on a form provided by the department. The applicant shall provide adequate information to enable the department to determine whether the application satisfies the requirements of this rule for a permit.
(7) An applicant for an air quality Christmas tree waste open burning permit shall notify the public of its application either by publishing a notice in a newspaper of general circulation or by posting at least two public notices, one on the property as described in (a)(i), and one in a conspicuous location at the county courthouse as described in (a)(ii).
(a) Posted public notices must comply with the following conditions:
(i) at least one public notice must be posted on the property where the open burning is to occur, near the closest public right-of-way to the property, in a location clearly visible from the right-of-way;
(ii) at least one public notice must be posted in a conspicuous location at the county courthouse in the county where the burning is to take place;
(iii) the two public notices must be posted no sooner than ten days prior to submittal of the application and no later than ten days after submittal of the application and must remain posted in a visible condition for a minimum of 15 days; and
(iv) the two public notices must state the information in the application, the procedure for providing public comment to the department on the application, the date by which public comments must be submitted to the department, and the procedure for requesting a copy of the department's decision.
(b) Publication of public notices in a newspaper must:
(i) be by legal publication, at least once, in a newspaper of general circulation in the area affected by the application;
(ii) be published no sooner than ten days prior to submittal of the application and no later than ten days after submittal of the application; and
(iii) follow a form provided by the department, including 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.
(8) When the department approves or denies the application for a permit under this rule, a person who is jointly or severally adversely affected by the department's decision may request a hearing before the board. The request for hearing must be filed within 15 days after the department renders its decision and must include an affidavit setting forth the grounds for the request. The contested case provisions of the Montana Administrative Procedure Act, Title 2, chapter 4, part 6, MCA, apply to a hearing before the board under this rule. The department's decision on the application is not final unless 15 days have elapsed from the date of the decision and there is no request for a hearing under this section. The filing of a request for a hearing postpones the effective date of the department's decision until the conclusion of the hearing and issuance of a final decision by the board.