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

Friday, August 14, 2015




Notice is hereby given that Gallaudet University 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 three (3) large (greater than 5 million BTU per hour) dual fuel boilers (burning primarily natural gas and using No. 2 fuel oil as a backup fuel), nineteen (19) emergency generators, one (1) cold-cleaning machine (also known as a degreaser or parts washer), and several miscellaneous insignificant emission units at its facility located at 800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002-3695. The contact person for the facility is Amon Brown, Director of Maintenance and Operations, at (202) 651-5007.

Gallaudet University has the potential to emit (PTE) approximately 108.2 tons per year (TPY) of oxides of nitrogen (NOx), 40.8 TPY of volatile organic compounds (VOC), 1.1 TPY of oxides of sulfur (SOx), 14.5 TPY of total particulate matter (PM Total), and 45.1 TPY of carbon monoxide (CO). The values for NOx and VOC exceed the major source thresholds in the District of Columbia of 25 TPY of NOx or VOC.  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:

Cold Cleaning Machine (Parts Washer): One (1) remote reservoir cold cleaning machine (parts washer) located at the transportation shop    

The proposed emission limit for the Cold Cleaning Machine (Parts Washer) is as follows:

      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]

Cold Cleaning Machine Estimated Emissions

The estimated maximum potential emissions from the cold cleaning machine are 0.032 tons per year of VOCs.

The Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) 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 #009-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 Department of Energy and 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 DOEE 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 Abraham T. Hagos at (202) 535-1354 or abraham. [email protected].  Comments or hearing requests will not be accepted after September 14, 2015.