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Proposed Air Quality Permit 6378 - U.S. Department of the Treasury

Friday, May 8, 2015


Proposed Air Quality Permit 6378, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, One existing hard chromium electroplating line at 14th and C Streets SW

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 air quality permit  (#6378) to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing to operate an existing chrome plating line at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing facility located at 14th and C Streets SW, Washington DC.  The contact person for the facility is David Kaczka, Environmental Compliance Manager, Office of Environment, Health & Safety at (202) 874-2107.  The applicant’s mailing address is 14th and C Streets SW, Washington, DC 20228.

The proposed emission limits are as follows:

a.   Because the facility is considered an existing small, hard chromium electroplating facility under the conditions of this permit, during tank operation, the Permittee shall control chromium emissions discharged to the atmosphere from the open surface hard chromium electroplating tanks by not allowing the concentration of total chromium in the exhaust gas stream discharged to the atmosphere to exceed 0.015 mg/dscm (6.6x10-6 gr/dscf). [40 CFR 63.342(c)(1)(ii)]

b.   The maximum chromium emissions from the operation of the chrome plating line shall not exceed 0.00020 lb/hr and 0.00087 ton/yr. [40 CFR 63.344(e)(3)] Note that this is the site specific “allowable mass emission rate of the system” (AMRsys) determined by the method specified in 40 CFR 63.344(e)(3) expressed in English (also known as American Engineering System) units.

c.   The maximum sulfuric acid emissions from the operation of the chrome/plating line shall not exceed 0.0019 lb/hr and 0.0083 ton/yr. [20 DCMR 201]

d.   Visible emissions shall not exceed zero percent opacity from the chrome plating line for the manufacture of intaglio printing plates. [20 DCMR 201 and 20 DCMR 606]

e.   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]

The estimated emissions from the chrome plating line are as follows:


Maximum Annual Emissions (tons/yr)



Sulfuric Acid (H2SO4)


This is a change in the original estimated potential emissions of the equipment as documented in the original July 31, 2006 permit (#5839).  This earlier permit limited annual emissions of chromium to 0.001 tons per year and sulfuric acid to 0.002 tons per year.

The application to operate the chrome plating printing line and the draft permit and supporting documents 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 June 8, 2015 will be accepted.

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