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Public Comment Period on Draft Title V and Chapter 2 Air Quality Operating Permit for the Department of General Services for the DC General Health Campus and the DC Jail

Friday, October 9, 2015

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice Requesting Public Comment on Draft Title V and Chapter 2 Air Quality Operating Permit for the District of Columbia Department of General Services for the DC General Health Campus and the DC Jail

Notice is hereby given that The District of Columbia Department of General Services 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) for operations at the DC General Health Campus and the DC Jail, located at 1900 Massachusetts Avenue SE, Washington DC.  The contact person for the facility is Mr. Ricardo Eley, at (202) 438-6535.

The equipment at the facility to be covered by the permit consists of the following air pollution sources:

  • Three (3) 47 MMBTU/hr natural gas fired Keeler boilers located at the boiler plant;
  • Thirteen (13) diesel-fired emergency generator sets of various sizes;
  • Underground fuel oil storage tanks (USTs) containing diesel fuel;
  • Aboveground fuel oil storage tanks (ASTs) containing diesel fuel;
  • Cooling towers that service chillers; and
  • Miscellaneous small natural gas-fired fuel burning equipment (<5 MMBTU/hr heat input).

The facility has the potential to emit up to 1.14 tons per year (TPY) of oxides of sulfur (SOx), 77.57 TPY of oxides of nitrogen (NOx), 6.27 TPY of total particulate matter, 5.48 TPY of volatile organic compounds (VOC), and 63.12 TPY of carbon monoxide (CO). The major source threshold in the District of Columbia of NOx is 25 TPY, therefore, with the potential to emit approximately 78 TPY of NOx, the facility is classified as a major stationary source and, pursuant to 20 DCMR 300.1(a), the source is subject to Chapter 3 and must obtain an operating permit in accordance with that regulation and Title V of the federal Clean Air Act.

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 #022-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.

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, DOEE Air Quality Division, 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington DC 20002.  Questions about this permitting action should be directed to John C. Nwoke at (202) 724-7778 or [email protected].  No comments or hearing requests postmarked after November 9, 2015 will be accepted.