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AUTHORITY: 15 U.S.C. 636, as amended by Pub. L. 92-500.
SOURCE: 42 FR 8083, Feb. 8, 1977, unless otherwise noted.
package are merely ancillary to use of the facility. Of course, the cost recovery provision does not apply where a taxpayer merely recovers the cost of a facility through general revenues; otherwise no profitable firm would ever be eligible for rapid amortization.
It should be noted that $ 20.9 of the EPA regulation is not meant to affect general principles of Federal income tax law. An'individual other than the title holder of a piece of property may be entitled to take depreciation deductions on it if the arrangements by which such individual has use of the property may, for all practical purposes, be viewed as a purchase. In any such case, the facility could qualify for full rapid amortization, notwithstanding the fact that the title holder charges a separate fee for the use of the facility, so long as the taxpayer-in such a case, the user-does not charge a separate fee for use of the facility.
9. Multiple applications. Under EPA regulations, a multiple application may be submitted by a taxpayer who applies for certification of substantially identical pollution abatement facilities used in connection with substantially identical properties. It is not contemplated that the multiple application option will be used with respect to facilities in different States, since each such facility would require a separa application for certification to the State involved. EPA regulations also permit an applicant to incorporate by reference in an application material contained in an application previously filed. The purpose of this provision is to avoid the burden of furnishing detailed information (which may in some cases include portions of catalogs or process flow diagrams) which the certifying official has previously received. Accordingly, material filed with a Regional Office of EPA may be incorporated by reference only in an application subsequently filed with the same Regional Office. [47 FR 38319, Aug. 31, 1982)
8 21.1 Scope.
This part establishes procedures for the issuance by EPA of the statements, referred to in section 7(g) of the Small Business Act and section 8 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972, to the effect that additions to or alterations in the equipment, facilities (including the construction of pretreatment facilities and interceptor sewers), or methods of operations of small business concerns are necessary and adequate to comply with requirements established under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, 33 U.S.C. 1151,
8 21.2 Definitions.
(a) “Small business concern” means a concern defined by section 2 of the Small Business Act, 15 U.S.C. 632, 13 CFR Part 121, and regulations of the Small Business Administration promulgated thereunder. (b) For purposes
of paragraph 7(g)(2) of the Small Business Act, “necessary and adequate” refers to additions, alterations, or methods of operation in the absence of which a small business concern could not comply with one or more applicable standards. This can be determined with reference to design specifications provided by manufacturers, suppliers, or consulting engineers; including, without limitations, additions, alterations, or methods of operation the design specifications of which will provide a measure of treatment or abatement of pollution in excess of that required by the applicable standard.
(c) “Applicable Standard” means any requirement, not subject to an exception under $ 21.6, relating to the quality of water containing or potentially containing pollutants, if such requirement is imposed by:
(1) The Act;
(2) EPA regulations promulgated thereunder or permits issued by EPA or a State thereunder;
PART 21—SMALL BUSINESS
Sec. 21.1 Scope. 21.2 Definitions. 21.3 Submission of applications. 21.4 Review of application. 21.5 Issuance of statements. 21.6 Exclusions. 21.7 (Reserved) 21.8 Resubmission of application. 21.9 Appeals. 21.10 Utilization of the statement. 21.11 Public participation. 21.12 State issued statements. 21.13 Effect of certification upon authority
to enforce applicable standards.
(3) Regulations by any other Federal Agency promulgated thereunder;
(4) Any State standard or requirement as applicable under section 510 of the Act;
(5) Any requirements necessary to comply with an areawide management plan approved pursuant to section 208(b) of the Act;
(6) Any requirements necessary to comply with a facilities plan developed under section 201 of the Act (see 35 CFR Subpart E);
(7) Any State regulations or laws controlling the disposal of aqueous pollutants that may affect groundwater.
(d) “Regional Administrator" means the Regional Administrator of EPA for the region including the State in which the facility or method of operation is located, or his designee.
(e) "Act” means the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, 33 U.S.C. 1151, et seq.
(f) “Pollutant” means dredged spoil, solid waste, incinerator residue, sewage, garbage, sewage sludge, munitions, chemical wastes, biological materials, radioactive materials, heat, wrecked or discarded equipment, rock, sand, cellar dirt and industrial, municipal, and agricultural waste discharged into water. For the purposes of this section, the term also means sewage from vessels within the meaning of section 312 of the Act.
(g) "Permit” means any permit issued by either EPA or a State under the authority of section 402 of the Act; or by the Corps of Engineers under section 404 of the Act.
(h) "State" means a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.
Comment: As the SBA does not extend its programs to the Canal Zone, the listing of the Canal Zone as a State for the purposes of meeting a requirement imposed by section 311 or 312 of the Act is not effective in this regulation.
(i) “Statement” means a written approval by EPA, or if appropriate, a State, of the application.
(j) “Facility" means any building, structure, installation or vessel, or portion thereof.
(k) "Construction" means the erection, building, acquisition, alteration, remodeling, modification, improvement, or extension of any facility; Provided, that it does not mean preparation or undertaking of: Plans to determine feasibility; engineering, architectural, legal, fiscal, or economic investigations or studies; surveys, designs, plans, writings, drawings, specifications or procedures.
Comment: This provision would not later preclude SBA financial assistance being utilized for any planning or design effort conducted previous to construction.
(1) The term "additions and alterations" means the act of undertaking construction of any facility.
(m) The term "methods of operation" means the installation, emplacement, or introduction of materials, including those involved in construction, to achieve a process or procedure to control: Surface water pollution from non-point sources—that is, agricultural, forest practices, mining, construction; ground or surface water pollution from well, subsurface, or surface disposal operations; activities resulting in salt water intrusion; or changes in the movement, flow, or circulation of navigable or ground waters.
(n) The term “vessel" means every description of watercraft or other artificial contrivance used, or capable of being used, as a means of transportation on the navigable waters of the United States other than a vessel owned or operated by the United States or a State or a political subdivision thereof, or a foreign nation; and is used for commercial purposes by a small business concern.
(0) “EPA” means the Environmental Protection Agency.
(p) “SBA” means the Small Business Administration. (q) "Areawide agency” means
an areawide management agency designated under section 208(c)(1) of the Act.
(r) “Lateral sewer" means a sewer which connects the collector sewer to the interceptor sewer.
(s) “Interceptor sewer” means a sewer whose primary purpose is to
transport wastewaters from collector
(a) Applications for the statement described in § 21.5 of this part shall be made to the EPA Regional Office for
the region covering the State in which the additions, alterations, or methods of operation covered by the application are located. A listing of EPA Regional Offices, with their mailing addresses, and setting forth the States within each region is as follows:
Regional Administrator, region I, EPA, John F. Kennedy Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hamp-
shire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.
North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Regional Administrator, region V, EPA, 230 South Dear-Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and born St., Chicago, Ill. 60604.
27th floor, First International Bldg., 70 Dallas, Tex. Texas.
Ave., Kansas City, Mo. 64108.
Utah, and Wyoming.
can Samoa, and Trust Territory of the Pacific
Seattle, Wash. 98101.
(b) An application described in paragraph (1) of $ 21.3(c) may be submitted directly to the appropriate State, where a State has assumed responsibility for issuing the statement. Information on whether EPA has retained responsibility for certification or whether it has been assumed by the State may be obtained from either the appropriate Regional Administrator or the State Water Pollution Control Authority in which the facility is located.
(c) An application need be in no particular form, but it must be in writing and must include the following:
(1) Name of applicant (including business name, if different) and mailing address. Address of the affected facility or operation, if different, should also be included.
(2) Signature of the owner, partner, or principal executive officer requesting the statement.
(3) The Standard Industrial Classification number for the business for which an application is being submitted. Such SIC number shall be obtained from the Standard Industrial Classification Manual, 1972 edition. If
the applicant does not know the SIC for the business, a brief description of the type of business activity being conducted should be provided.
(4) A description of the process or activity generating the pollution to be abated by the additions, alterations, or methods of operation covered by the application, accompanied by a schematic diagram of the major equipment and process, where practicable.
(5) A specific description of the additions, alterations, or methods of operation covered by the application. Where appropriate, such description will include a summary of the facility construction to be undertaken; a listing of the major equipment to be purchased or utilized in the operation of the facility; the purchase of any land or easements necessary to the operation of the facility; and any other items that the applicant deeins pertinent. Any information that the applicant considers to be a trade secret shall be identified as such.
(6) A declaration of the requirement, or requirements, for compliance with which the alterations, additions, or
and date of that plan shall be included.
(viii) If the requirement is the result of an order by a State or an areawide management agency controlling the disposal of aqueous pollutants so as to protect groundwater, a copy of the order as issued shall be included.
(i) Additionally, if the applicant has received from a State Water Pollution Control Agency a permit issued by the State within the preceding two years, and if such permit was not issued under the authorities of section 402 of the Act, and where the permit directly relates to abatement of the discharge for which a statement is sought, a copy of that permit shall also be included.
methods of operation are claimed to be necessary and adequate.
(1) If the requirement results from a permit issued by EPA or a State under section 402 of the Act, the permit number shall be included.
(ii) If the requirement results from a permit issued by EPA or a State for a publicly-owned treatment works, the municipal permit number shall be included along with a written declaration from the authorized agent for the publicly owned treatment works that received the permit detailing the specific pretreatment requirements being placed upon the applicant.
(iii) If the requirement initiates from a plan to include the applicant's effluent in an existing municipal sewer system through the construction of lateral or interceptor sewers, a written declaration from the authorized agent for the publicly owned treatment works shall be included noting that the sewer construction is consistent with the integrity of the system; will not result in the capacity of the publicly owned treatment works being exceeded; and where applicable, is consistent with a facilities plan developed under section 201 of the Act (see 35 CFR Part 917).
(iv) If the requirement results from a State order, regulation, or other enforceable authority controlling pollution from a vessel as provided by section 312(f)(3) of the Act, a written declaration from the authorized agent of the State specifying the control measures being required of the applicant shall be included.
(v) If the requirement is a result of a permit issued by the Corps of Engineers related to permits for dredged or fill material as provided by section 404 of the Act, a copy of the permit as issued shall be included.
(vi) If the requirement results from a standard of performance for control of sewage from vessels as promulgated by the Coast Guard under section 312(b) of the Act, the vessel registration number or documentation number shall be included.
(vii) If the requirement results from a plan to control or prevent the discharge or spill of pollutants as identified in section 311 of the Act, the title
Comment: Some States under State permit programs, separate and distinct from the NPDES permit program under the Act, conduct an engineering review of the facilities or equipment that would be used to control pollution. The results of such a review would be materially helpful in determining the necessity and adequacy of any alterations or additions.
(8) Any written information from a manufacturer, supplier, or consulting engineer, or similar independent source, concerning the design capabilities of the additions or alterations covered by the application, including any warranty limitations or certifications obtained from or provided by such sources which would bear upon these design or performance capabilities. The Regional Administrator may waive the requirement for this paragraph if it appears that there is no independent source for the information described herein; as, for example, when the applicant has designed and constructed the additions or alterations with in-house capability.
(9) An estimated schedule for the construction or implementation of the alterations, additions, or methods of operation.
(10) An estimated cost of the alterations, additions, or methods of operation, and where practicable, the individual costs of major elements of the construction to be undertaken.
(11) Information on previously received loan assistance under this section for the facility or method of opertion of a future requirement, will achieve a level of performance above the requirements imposed by a presently applicable standard shall be reviewed and approved by EPA or a State without prejudice. The amount of financial assistance for such an application will be determined by SBA.
(d) The Regional Administrator shall retain one copy of the application and a summary of the action taken on it. Upon completion of his review, the Regional Administrator shall return the original application along with any other supporting documents or information provided to the applicant along with a copy to the appropriate SBA district office for processing.
ation, including a description and dates of the activity funded.
(d) A separate application must be submitted for every addition, alteration, or method of operation that is at a separate geographical location from the initial application.
Comment: As an example, a chain has four dry cleaning establishments scattered through a community. A separate application would have to be filed for each.
(e) No statement shall be approved for any application that has not included the information or declaration requirements imposed by paragraph (c)(6) of $ 21.3.
(f) All applications are to be submitted in duplicate.
(g) All applications are subject to the provisions of 18 U.S.C. 1001 regarding prosecution for the making of false statements or the concealing of material facts.
(h) Instructional guidelines to assist in the submission of applications for EPA certification are available from EPA or a certifying State. 8 21.4 Review of application.
(a) The Regional Administrator or his designee will conduct a review of the application. This review will consist of a general assessment of the adequacy of the proposed alterations, additions, or methods of operation. The review will corroborate that the proposed alterations, additions, or methods of operation are required by an applicable standard. The review will identify any proposed alterations, additions, or methods of operation that are not required by an applicable standard, or that are extraneous to the achievement of an applicable standard.
(b) The assessment of adequacy will be conducted to ensure that the proposed additions, alterations, or methods of operation are sufficient to meet one or
applicable standards whether alone or in conjunction with other plans. The assessment will not generally examine whether other alternatives exist or would be more meritorious from a cost-effective, efficiency, or technological standpoint.
(c) An application which proposes additions, alterations, or methods of operation whose design, in anticipa
8 21.5 Issuance of statements.
(a) Upon application by a small business concern pursuant to $ 21.3 the Regional Administrator will, if he finds that the additions, alterations, or methods of operation covered by the application are adequate and necessary to comply with an applicable standard, issue a written statement to the applicant to that effect, within 45 working days following receipt of the application, or within 45 working days following receipt of all information required to be submitted pursuant to $ 21.3(c), whichever is later. Such a written statement shall be classified as a full approval. If an application is deficient in any respect, with regard to the specifications for submission listed in $ 21.3(c), the Regional Administrator shall promptly, but in no event later than 30 working days following receipt of the application, notify the applicant of such deficiency.
(b) (1) If an application contains proposed alterations, additions, or methods of operation that are adequate and necessary to comply with an applicable standard but also contains proposed alterations, additions, methods of operation that are not necessary to comply with an applicable standard, the Regional Administrator shall conditionally approve the application within the time limit specified in paragraph (a) of this section, and shall also identify in the approval those alterations, additions, or meth