Proposed Air Quality Permit 6979, Smithsonian Institution, One sawdust collector to control emissions from woodworking operations at the National Zoological Park, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW
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 (#6979) to the Smithsonian Institution to construct and operate a sawdust collector to control emissions from woodworking operations at the National Zoological Park located at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008. The contact person for the facility is John Michael Bixler, Deputy Director of Facilities Management, at (202) 633-2573.
Estimated maximum emissions of the equipment are 0.876 tons per year of particulate matter, assuming continuous operation of the equipment throughout the year.
The following are the proposed emission limits for the equipment:
- Emissions of dust shall be minimized in accordance with the requirements of 20 DCMR 605 and the “Operational Limitations” of this permit.
- 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 total suspended 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 outlet of the sawdust collector shall not exceed 0.24 pounds per hour. [20 DCMR 603.1 and Appendix 6-1]
e. Visible emissions shall not be emitted from the outlet of the sawdust collector. (20 DCMR 201 and 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
No written comments or hearing requests postmarked after August 10, 2015 will be accepted.
For more information, please contact Stephen S. Ours at (202) 535-1747.