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Notice Requesting Public Comment on Draft Title V and Chapter 2 Air Quality Operating Permit for Providence Hospital

Friday, May 15, 2015


Notice is hereby given that Providence Hospital has applied for a Title V air quality permit pursuant to the requirements of Title 20 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations, Chapters 2 and 3 (20 DCMR Chapters 2 and 3) to operate five (5) boilers, five (5) diesel emergency generators, one (1) diesel fire pump, one (1) natural gas emergency generator, and several miscellaneous units at its facility located at 1150 Varnum Street NE, Washington, DC 20017.  The contact person for the facility is Marc Edelman; Senior Vice President of Operations at (202) 534-4249.

Providence Hospital has the potential to emit approximately 85.11 tons per year (TPY) of oxides of nitrogen (NOx), 7.19 TPY of particulate matter (PM), 44.15 TPY of carbon monoxide (CO), 3.46 TPY of volatile organic compounds (VOC), and 0.60 TPY of oxides of sulfur (SOx). With the potential to emit approximately 85.11 tons per year of NOx, the source has the potential to emit greater than the District’s major source threshold of 25 tons per year of NOx.  Therefore, the facility is classified as a major source of air pollution and is subject to 20 DCMR Chapter 3 and must obtain an operating permit under that regulation.

Description and Emission Information for Unit being Permitted for the First Time:

Non NSPS Fire Pump: One (1) 138 kW Caterpillar 3208 Diesel Fire Pump Engine

     Maximum annual potential emissions from the unit are expected to be as follows:


Potential-to Emit for Fire pump (Tons/year)

PM (total)










The proposed emission limits for the Fire Pump are as follows:

A.  Visible emissions shall not be emitted into the outdoor atmosphere from these generators and fire pump, except that discharges not exceeding forty percent (40%) opacity (unaveraged) shall be permitted for two (2) minutes in any sixty (60) minute period and for an aggregate of twelve (12) minutes in any 24-hour period during start-up, cleaning, adjustment of combustion controls, or malfunction of the equipment [20 DCMR 606.1].

B.   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 District Department of the Environment (DDOE) has reviewed the permit application and related documents and has made a preliminary determination that the applicant meets all applicable air quality requirements promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the District.  Therefore, draft permit #008-R2 has been prepared.

The application, the draft permit, and all other materials submitted by the applicant [except those entitled to confidential treatment under 20 DCMR 301.1(c)] considered in making this preliminary determination are available for public review during normal business hours at the offices of the District Department of the Environment, 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington DC 20002. Copies of the draft permit and related fact sheet are available at http://ddoe.dc.gov.

A public hearing on this permitting action will not be held unless DDOE has received a request for such a hearing within 30 days of the publication of this notice.  Interested parties may also submit written comments on the permitting action.  Hearing requests or comments should be directed to Stephen S. Ours, DDOE Air Quality Division, 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington DC 20002.  Questions about this permitting action should be directed to Olivia Achuko at (202) 535-2997 or [email protected].  Comments or hearing requests submitted after June 15, 2015 will not be accepted.