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Notice Requesting Public Comment on Draft Title V and Chapter 2 Air Quality Operating Permit for Former Walter Reed Army Medical Center

Friday, April 29, 2016

Notice is hereby given that the Department of the Army, Base Realignment and Closure Division 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 two dual fuel-fired (natural gas and No. 2 fuel oil) boilers (Boilers #2 is 90.9 MMBTU/hr heat input; Boiler #4 is 51.4 MMBTU/hr heat input), one natural gas-fired boiler (Boiler #3 is 75 MMBTU/hr heat input), nine diesel-fired emergency generator sets, one gasoline dispensing station,  three underground storage tanks for No. 2 fuel oil or diesel fuel (two with 400,000 gallon capacities; one with 2,500 gallon capacity), and eleven aboveground storage tanks ranging in size from 100 gallons to 4,700 gallons, all containing diesel fuel.  All of these units are existing sources and are located at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) at 6900 Georgia Avenue NW, Washington DC.  The contact person for the facility is Erin Mauer, BRAC Environmental Coordinator, at (202) 812-7398.

With limitations placed in the permit, WRAMC has the potential to emit approximately 27.0 tons per year of oxides of nitrogen (NOx), 6.4 tons per year of volatile organic compounds (VOC), 23.6 tons per year of total particulate matter, 41.9 tons per year of sulfur dioxide (SO2), and 46.0 tons per year of carbon monoxide (CO). The NOx emissions exceed the major source threshold in the District of 25 tons per year of NOx.  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 the regulation.

As part of this permitting process, the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) is proposing to establish an alternate visible emission standard for the facility’s three boilers of 5% opacity (with certain exceptions standard for all equipment of this type) pursuant to 20 DCMR 606.3.  WRAMC monitors visible emissions with the use of a continuous opacity monitoring system (COMS).

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 #004-R1 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://doee.dc.gov/service/public-notices-hearings.

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 or [email protected].  Mr. Ours may also be contacted with any questions about this permitting action at (202) 535-1747 or [email protected].  Comments or hearing requests submitted after May 31, 2016 will not be accepted.