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Proposed Air Quality Permit 7062 - Georgetown University

Friday, December 11, 2015


Proposed Air Quality Permit 7062, Georgetown University, One 350 kWe natural gas-fired emergency generator set at the North East Triangle Residence Hall, 3700 O Street 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 Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), located at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC, intends to issue an air quality permit (#7062) to Georgetown University to construct and operate a 350 kWe emergency generator set with a 530 hp natural gas-fired engine at the North East Triangle Residence of Georgetown University, located at 3700 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20057. The contact person for facility is Gregory Simmons, Associate Vice President, Facilities Operations, Design and Construction, at 202 594-6523.  The applicant’s mailing address is 3700 O Street NW, Washington, DC 20057.


Maximum emissions from the 350 kWe emergency generator, operating five hundred (500) hours per year, are expected to be as follows:


Maximum Annual Emissions



Total Particulate Matter (PM Total)


Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)

                                 < 0.01

Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)


Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)


Carbon Monoxide (CO)


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

a.   Emissions from the 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)*









*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 set, 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

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

[email protected]

No written comments or hearing requests postmarked after January 11, 2016 will be accepted.

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