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Proposed Air Quality Permit 6962 – SMART Automotive

Friday, December 12, 2014


Proposed Air Quality Permit 6962 – SMART Automotive, One auto body paint spray booth at 2615 Evarts Street NE

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to 40 C.F.R. Part 51.161, D.C. Official Code §2-505, and 20 DCMR §210, the Air Quality Division (AQD) of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), located at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC, has received an application for an air quality permit (#6962) from SMART Automotive, to construct and operate an auto body paint spray booth to be located at 2615 Evarts Street NE. DDOE has prepared a draft permit for public review and comment and has scheduled a public hearing to hear comments on the subject.  The contact person for the facility is Mengstab Ghebretinsae, President, at (202) 609-9778.


The maximum estimated potential emissions of volatile organic compound (VOC) from the auto body paint spray booth equipment, operating fifty two weeks (52) per year, is expected to be as follows:


Maximum Annual Emissions



Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)


The proposed emission limits are as follows:

a.   No chemical strippers containing methylene chloride (MeCl) shall be used for paint stripping at the facility. [20 DCMR 201.1]

b.   Paints and refinishing coatings that contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in excess of the limits specified in Table I below, including any VOC containing materials added to the original coating supplied by the manufacturer, shall be prohibited. [20 DCMR 718.3]

Table I:     Allowable Content of VOCs in Mobile Equipment Repair and Refinishing Coatings (as applied)

  Coating Type




(Pounds per gallon)

(Grams per liter)

Automotive pretreatment primer



Automotive primer-surfacer



Automotive primer-sealer



Automotive topcoat:  



single stage-topcoat



2 stage basecoat/clearcoat



3 or 4-stage basecoat/clearcoat 



Automotive multi-colored topcoat 



Automotive specialty coating



*Weight of VOC per volume of coating (minus water and non-VOC solvents)

c.   An emission into the atmosphere of odorous or other air pollutants from any source in any quantity and of any characteristic, and duration which is, or is likely to be injurious to the public health or welfare, or which interferes with the reasonable enjoyment of life or property is prohibited. [20 DCMR 903.1]

d.   Visible emissions shall not be emitted into the outdoor atmosphere from the paint spray booth. [20 DCMR 201.1, 606.1 and 903.1]

The permit application and supporting documentation, along with the draft permit are available for public inspection at AQD and copies may be made available between the hours of 8:15 A.M. and 4:45 P.M. Monday through Friday.  Additionally, the draft permit is available on the DDOE website at Interested parties wishing to view the full file at the DDOE office should provide their names, addresses, telephone numbers and affiliation, if any, to Stephen S. Ours at (202) 535-1747.

Interested persons may submit written comments on this subject through January 12, 2015.  The written comments must also include the person’s name, telephone number, affiliation, if any, mailing address and a statement outlining the air quality issues in dispute and any facts underscoring those air quality issues.  All relevant comments will be considered before taking any final action on the permit application.

A public hearing will be held on this subject at the DDOE offices at 1200 First Street NE, Washington DC on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 5:30 PM.  Interested parties wishing to testify at this hearing must submit in writing their names, addresses, telephone numbers, and affiliation, if any, to Stephen S. Ours at DDOE by 4:00 PM on Monday, January 12, 2015.

Comments on the proposed permit and requests to testify at the hearing should be addressed to:

Stephen S. Ours       
Chief, Permitting Branch - Air Quality Division

District Department of the Environment
1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002

[email protected]

No written comments postmarked after January 12, 2015 will be accepted.

For more information, please contact Stephen S. Ours at (202) 535-1747.