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Proposed Air Quality Permit 7003 - Smithsonian Institution

Friday, July 17, 2015

PUBLIC NOTICE

Proposed Air Quality Permit 7003, Smithsonian Institution, One 200 kWe natural gas fired emergency generator set 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 air quality permit #7003 to the Smithsonian Institution to construct and operate a 200 kWe emergency generator set with a 302 HP natural gas fired engine at the Seal and Sea Lion Exhibit of the National Zoological Park located at 3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington DC. The contact person for the facility is John Michael Bixler, Deputy Director of Facilities Management, at (202) 633-2573. 

Emissions:

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

 

Maximum Annual Emissions

Pollutant

(tons/yr)

Total Particulate Matter (PM Total)

0.011

Sulfur Oxides (SOx)

0.0003

Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)

0.005

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)

0.0002

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

0.045

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

a.   Emissions from each unit shall not exceed those in the following table [40 CFR 60.4233(e), and 40 CFR 60 Subpart JJJJ, Table 1, 40 CFR 1048]:

Pollutant Emission Limits (g/HP-hr)*

NOx

CO

VOC

NMHC + NOx

1.0

2.0

0.7

2.0

*See also the EPA Certificate of Conformity submitted with the permit application.  The unit is certified as a non-emergency unit and therefore must meet the non-emergency standards.

b.   Visible emissions shall not be emitted into the outdoor atmosphere from this generator, 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 twenty-four hour (24 hr.) period during start-up, cleaning, adjustment of combustion controls, or malfunction of the equipment [20 DCMR 606.1].

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]

 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 public 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 August 17, 2015 will be accepted.

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