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Notice Requesting Public Comment - Air Quality Operating Permit for Sibley Memorial Hospital

Friday, August 5, 2016

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice Requesting Public Comment on Draft Title V and Chapter 2 Air Quality Operating Permit for Sibley Memorial Hospital – Johns Hopkins Medicine

Notice is hereby given that Sibley Memorial Hospital – Johns Hopkins Medicine 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 (2) 38.532 MMBTU/hr dual fuel-fired (natural gas and No. 2 fuel oil) boilers, one 12.247 MMBTU/hr dual fuel-fired boiler, three 14.7 MMBTU/hr dual fuel-fired boilers, four 1,500 kWe (2,328 hp) and one 500 kWe (760 hp) diesel-fired emergency generator sets covered by New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) Subpart IIII, one 750 kWe (1,109  hp) diesel-fired non-NSPS emergency generator set, five underground storage tanks for No. 2 fuel oil or diesel fuel ranging in capacity between 5,000 and 25,000 gallons, six aboveground storage tanks for No. 2 fuel oil or diesel fuel ranging in capacity from 100 to 875 gallons, and eight cooling towers at its facility located at 5255 Loughboro Road NW, Washington DC. The contact person for the facility is William J. Vroom, Director of Plant Operation & Maintenance at (202) 537-4066.

Sibley Memorial Hospital – Johns Hopkins Medicine has the potential to emit approximately 88.07 tons per year of oxides of nitrogen (NOx), 4.64 tons per year of volatile organic compounds (VOC), 21.37 tons per year of total particulate matter, 198.6 tons per year of sulfur dioxide (SO2), and 44.22 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 and the SO2 emissions exceed the major source threshold in the District of 100 tons per year of SO2.  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.

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 Title V Permit No. 002-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. Copies of the draft permit and related fact sheet are attached below.

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 Abraham T. Hagos at (202) 535-1354 or [email protected].  No comments or hearing requests submitted after September 5, 2016 will be accepted.