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Notice Requesting Public Comment on Draft Title V & Chapter 2 Air Quality Operating Permit for Armed Forces Retirement Home

Friday, December 8, 2017


Notice Requesting Public Comment on Draft Title V and Chapter 2 Air Quality Operating Permit for Armed Forces Retirement Home - Washington

Notice is hereby given that the Armed Forces Retirement Home – Washington has applied for a Title V air quality permit renewal 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 the following equipment at Armed Forces Retirement Home – Washington located at 3700 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20317

  • Three (3) diesel fired emergency generators;
  • Two (2) natural gas fired emergency generators;
  • Two (2) woodworking areas;
  • Five (5) storage tanks for diesel and propane;
  • One (1) Non-VOC degreaser and
  • Fourteen boilers and water heaters with ratings of less than five (5) million BTU per hour of heat input and burning natural gas and propane.

The contact person for the facility is Mr. Patrick Benjamin, Chief of Campus Operations at (202) 541-7547.

The Armed Forces Retirement Home – Washington has the potential to emit (PTE) the following air pollutants:

Plantwide Emissions Summary (tons per year)


Potential Emissions

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)


Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx)


Particulate Matter (PM/PM10)


Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)


Carbon Monoxide (CO)


Total Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs)


The PTE of 27.12 tons per year (TPY) of NOx exceeds the major source threshold in the District of Columbia of 25 TPY of NOx or VOCs, and/or 100 TPY of any other criteria pollutant. No other major source thresholds are exceeded based on the above potential emissions. Because potential emissions of NOx exceed the relevant major source threshold, pursuant to 20 DCMR 300.1(a), the source is subject to Chapter 3 and must obtain an operating permit in accordance with that regulation and Title V of the federal Clean Air Act.

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 permit No. 017-R3 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 in the attachments section 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.

Comments on the draft 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 comments or hearing requests submitted after January 8, 2018 will be accepted.

For more information, please contact Olivia Achuko at (202) 535-2997 or [email protected].