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Proposed Air Quality Permit 5734-R1, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

Friday, October 9, 2015

PUBLIC NOTICE

Proposed Air Quality Permit 5734-R1, District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), One existing 8.31 MMBTU/hr natural gas-fired boiler at Grit Chamber Building 2, Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant, 5000 Overlook Avenue SW

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 Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), located at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC, intends to issue Permit #5734-R1 to the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) to operate one (1) Burnham 8.31 MMBtu per hour natural gas-fired boiler, located at the Grit Chamber Building 2, 5000 Overlook Avenue, SW, Washington, DC. The contact person for the facility is Meena Gowda, Principal Counsel, at (202) 787-2628.

Boiler to be Permitted

Equipment Location 

Address

Boiler Size

Boiler Model Number

Permit No.

Blue Plains WWTP-Grit Chamber Bldg 2

5000 Overlook Ave., SW Washington, DC

8.31 MMBtu/hr

Burnham 4FW99350GGP

5734-R1

The proposed emission limits are as follows:

  1. The boiler shall not emit pollutants in excess of those specified in the following table [20 DCMR 201]:

Pollutant

 

Short-Term Limit

(Natural Gas) (lb/hr)

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

0.68

Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx)

0.81

Total Particulate Matter (PM Total)*

0.06

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)

0.005

*PM Total includes both filterable and condensable fractions.

b.   Visible emissions shall not be emitted into the outdoor atmosphere from the boiler, 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]

  1. Particulate matter emissions from the boiler shall not be greater than 0.11 pounds per million BTU. [20 DCMR 600.1].

d.   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]

e.   Emissions shall not exceed those achieved with the performance of annual combustion adjustments on the boiler.  To show compliance with this condition, the Permittee shall, each calendar year, perform boiler combustion process adjustments with the following characteristics [20 DCMR 805.1(a)(4) and 20 DCMR 805.8(a) and (b)]:

1.   Inspection, adjustment, cleaning or replacement of fuel burning equipment, including the burners and moving parts necessary for proper operation as specified by the manufacturer;

2.   Inspection of the flame pattern or characteristics and adjustments necessary to minimize total emissions of NOx and, to the extent practicable, minimize emissions of CO;

3.   Inspection of the air-to-fuel ratio control system and adjustments necessary to ensure proper calibration and operation as specified by the manufacturer; and

4.   Adjustments shall be made such that the maximum emission rate for any contaminant does not exceed the maximum allowable emission rate as set forth in this section.

The estimated maximum emissions from the boiler is as follows:

Pollutant

Maximum Annual Emissions Using Natural Gas Only (tons/yr)

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

3.00

Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx)

3.57

Total Particulate Matter (PM Total)

0.27

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

0.20

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)

0.021

The application to operate the boiler and the draft permit and supporting documents 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

Department of Energy and Environment
1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002

[email protected]

No written comments or hearing requests postmarked after November 9, 2015 will be accepted.

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