Section 10400 - Purpose (California Code of Regulations)

§ 10400. Purpose

(a) These regulations establish the implementation framework for a pilot program intended to offer a step toward reforming California's environmental permitting system to make it more responsive, efficient, and timely, while preserving California's commitment to a safe and healthful environment.

This pilot program, will allow the creation of up to twenty Permit Consolidation Zones among California's cities and counties. Within these zones, the current system of individually issued environmental permits will be augmented with a voluntary option allowing facilities to substitute a facility compliance plan in lieu of existing environmental permits for new or expanding facilities. The use of facility compliance plans is anticipated to expedite environmental permitting in the designated Permit Consolidation Zones and the pilot will provide an opportunity to test the facility compliance plan concept as a possible new model for environmental regulation.

The facility compliance plan represents a new regulatory approach and should be seen by those using these regulations as a new permit concept separate and distinct from existing environmental permits. The facility compliance plan constitutes a replacement for existing environmental permits. Section 1 of Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 71035) of Division 34 of the Public Resources Code) establishes separate and distinct timeframes for the processing of facility compliance plans. The facility compliance plan must contain all the information required by existing permits and, in addition, represents an opportunity for the compilation of a comprehensive, multimedia statement of environmental operations and management at a facility.

These regulations implement this program. Elements of the regulations include the application and competitive selection process for those communities who wish to join the pilot, a procedure for facilities to opt into a facility compliance plan, and a process to institute coordinated inspection and enforcement activities for facilities authorized by a facility compliance plan.

(1. New chapter 4, article 1 (section 10400) and section filed 5-22-97; operative 6-21-97 (Register 97, No. 28).)

Note: Authority cited: Sections 71035.1 and 71305.2, Public Resources Code. Reference: Sections 71035.1 through 71035.11 inclusive, Public Resources Code.

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