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Notice of Public Comment Period – Draft Air Quality Permits 6492-R1 and 6493-R1, Howard University

Friday, November 9, 2018


Draft Air Quality Permits 6492-R1 and 6493-R1, Howard University, Operation of two existing 10.206 MMBTU/hr natural gas-fired boilers at the Howard University Law School, 2900 Van Ness Street NW

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to 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 Permit Nos. 6492-R1 and 6493-R1 to Howard University to operate two (2) identical 10.206 million Btu per hour natural gas fired boilers at the Law School located at 2900 Van Ness Street NW, Washington DC 20008. The contact person for the facility is Susan Dreyer, Director, Environmental, Health, and Safety at (202) 806-1006.


The estimated maximum annual emissions from each of the two (2) 10.206 MMBTU/hr natural gas-fired boilers are expected to be as follows:


Maximum Annual Emissions for Each Boiler



Total Particulate Matter (PM Total)


Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)


Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx)


Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)


Carbon Monoxide (CO)


The proposed emission limits are as follows:

    1. Each of the two 10.206 MMBTU per hour natural gas fired boilers shall not emit pollutants in excess of those specified in the following table [20 DCMR 201]:

Boiler Emission Limits


Short-Term Limit (lb/hr)

Carbon Monoxide (CO)


Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx)


Total Particulate Matter (PM Total)


Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)


*PM Total includes both filterable and condensable fractions.

  1. Visible emissions shall not be emitted into the outdoor atmosphere from the boilers, 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]

d.   Total suspended particulate matter (TSP) emissions from each of the boilers shall not exceed 0.10 pound per million BTU. [20 DCMR 600.1]

The permit applications and supporting documentation, along with 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 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 permits.


Comments on the draft permits 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 December 10, 2018 will be accepted.


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