17.56.310 CONDITIONAL, ONE-TIME FILL AND EMERGENCY OPERATING PERMITS
(1) For an underground storage tank system installed after December 31, 2001, the department shall issue a conditional operating permit upon the submission of all documentation required by ARM 17.56.1305, related to the installation of that underground storage tank system.
(2) The department may issue or reissue a conditional operating permit when an underground storage tank system is returned to active status, pursuant to ARM 17.56.701, or when the department has determined that violations resulting from a compliance or oversight inspection have not been resolved.
(3) A conditional operating permit issued under (1) or (2) expires 180 days after issuance.
(4) Notwithstanding issuance of a conditional operating permit, the department may pursue any enforcement measures available under Title 75, chapter 11, part 5, MCA, to address UST violations.
(5) The department may issue a one-time fill permit for the following purposes:
(a) testing related to installation of a new UST system. The department may issue the fill permit concurrently with an installation permit issued pursuant to subchapter 13; or
(b) testing related to returning an inactive UST system to active status. The department may issue the fill permit upon receipt of written notice, in accordance with ARM 17.56.701, that the UST will return to active operational status.
(6) The department may issue an emergency operating permit to allow operation of an UST without a valid operating permit when operation of the UST is necessary to protect the safety and welfare of persons, property, or national security from imminent harm or threat of harm, as follows:
(a) before issuing an emergency operating permit, the department shall determine that under all the circumstances, any potential impacts to human health and the environment arising from operation of the UST are outweighed by the interest in preserving health, safety, or welfare of persons, property, or national security;
(b) emergency permits expire when the emergency is abated or 90 days after issuance of the permit, whichever time period is shorter;
(c) notwithstanding issuance of an emergency permit, the department may pursue any enforcement measures available under Title 75, chapter 11, part 5, MCA, to address UST violations; and
(d) in order to reduce the risk of a release, any emergency operating permit issued by the department under this rule may be subject to conditions or procedures that the department determines are necessary to minimize risks to human health or to the environment.
History: 75-11-505, 75-11-509, MCA; IMP, 75-11-509, MCA; NEW, 2003 MAR p. 2759, Eff. 12/12/03; AMD, 2006 MAR p. 913, Eff. 4/7/06; AMD, 2007 MAR p. 1189, Eff. 8/24/07; AMD, 2010 MAR p. 1888, Eff. 8/27/10; AMD, 2011 MAR p. 2139, Eff. 10/14/11.