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Proposed Air Quality Permit 6944 - Virginia Concrete Company

Friday, April 10, 2015


Proposed Air Quality Permit 6944, Virginia Concrete Company, Inc., One existing ready mix batch concrete plant at 2155 Queens Chapel road 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, intends to issue an air quality permit (#6944) to Virginia Concrete Company, Inc. to operate one (1) batch concrete plant with an associated 2.1 MMBTU/hr natural gas fired hot water heater at 2155 Queens Chapel Road NE, Washington, DC 20018. The contact person for the facility is Thomas G. Foley, P.E., Environmental Manager, at (703) 713-3125.  The applicant’s mailing address is 13880 Dulles Corner Lane, Suite 450, Herndon, VA 20171.


Maximum emissions from the equipment, operating eight (8) hours per day for two hundred sixty (260) days, are extimated to be as follows:


Maximum Annual Emissions



Total Particulate Matter (PM Total)


Sulfur Oxides (SOx)


Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)


Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)


Carbon Monoxide (CO)


The proposed overall emission limits for the equipment are as follows:

  1. Emissions of dust shall be minimized in accordance with the requirements of 20 DCMR 605 and the “Operational Limitations” of this permit.
  1. The emission of fugitive dust from any material handling, screening, crushing, grinding, conveying, mixing, or other industrial-type operation or process is prohibited. [20 DCMR 605.2]

c.   The discharge of particulate matter into the atmosphere from any process shall not exceed three hundredths (0.03) grains per dry standard cubic foot of the exhaust. [20 DCMR 603.1]

d.   The discharge of total suspended particulate matter from the concrete batch plant shall not exceed 40 pounds per hour. [20 DCMR 603.1 and Appendix 6-1]

e.   Visible emissions shall not be emitted from these unit except that discharges not exceeding 40% opacity (unaveraged) shall  be permitted for two (2) minutes in any sixty (60) minutes period and for an aggregate of twelve (12) minutes in any twenty-four (24) hours period during start-up, cleaning, adjustment of combustion controls, or malfunction of the equipment. (20 DCMR 606.1)

f.    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]

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.  Interested parties wishing to view these documents 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 or may request a hearing on this subject within 30 days of publication of this notice.  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 in issuing the final permit.

Comments on the proposed permit and any request for a public 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 or hearing requests postmarked after May 11, 2015 will be accepted.

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