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Proposed Air Quality Permits 6706-R1 and 6707-R1, US Department of the Treasury

Friday, December 4, 2015


Proposed Air Quality Permits 6706-R1 and 6707-R1, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Two existing Section 6 Super Orlof Intaglio II (SOI) Currency Presses at 14th and C Streets 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 two air quality permits (Nos. 6706-R1 and 6707-R1) to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, to operate two (2) existing Section 6 KBA Giori, Super Orlof Intaglio II (SOI), sheet fed, non-heatset, four color, water wipeable intaglio currency presses, identified as Nos. 601 and 602, in the Main Building (C-400) at 14th and C Streets SW, Washington DC. The contact person for the facility is David Kaczka, Environmental Compliance Manager, Office of Environment, Health & Safety at (202) 874-2107.  The applicant’s mailing address is 14th and C Streets SW, Washington, DC 20228.

Emission Estimates:

It is expected that emissions will not exceed exceed 11.34 tons per year of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from the two presses combined.  This is a 12 percent decrease from the previously allowable maximum emissions of 12.88 tons per year of VOC as a result of changes to the cleaning solvent used on the unit as well as the use of automatic plate wash units not previously used on the equipment.

The proposed emission limits are summarized as follows:

a.   Emissions of VOC from the ink used in the process shall not exceed 0.88 pounds per press hour. 

b.   VOC emissions from any cleaning solvents used shall not exceed 0.60 pounds per press hour. 

c.   The total annual VOC emitted from the ink and cleaning solvent as a result of operation of the presses shall not exceed 11.34 tons per year (an average of 5.67 tons per press).

d.   Visible emissions shall not be emitted into the outdoor atmosphere from the 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]

 e.    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 applications to operate the presses and the draft permits 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

[email protected]

No written comments or hearing requests postmarked after January 4, 2016 will be accepted.

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