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Notice Requesting Public Comment on Draft Title V and Chapter 2 Air Quality Operating Permit- Saint Elizabeths Hospital

Friday, December 28, 2018


Notice Requesting Public Comment on Draft Title V and Chapter 2 Air Quality Operating Permit for District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health, Saint Elizabeths Hospital – East Campus

Notice is hereby given that the District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health has applied for a facility-wide 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 the following emission units and miscellaneous sources of air emissions at Saint Elizabeths Hospital - East Campus, located at 1100 Alabama Avenue SE, Washington DC 20032:

  • Two (2) 6.0 MMBtu/hr dual-fuel boilers;
  • Two (2) 1.0 MMBtu/hr dual-fuel hot water heaters;
  • Two (2) 0.6 MMBtu/hr dual-fuel hot water heaters;
  • Two (2) 2,000 kWe Katolight emergency generators;
  • Two (2) 8,000-gallon underground storage for diesel/No. 2 fuel oil;
  • Miscellaneous kitchen equipment all fired by natural gas and with heat input ratings less than 5 MMBTU/hr; and
  • One (1) wet cooling tower.

The contact person for the facility is Mr. Alvin D. Venson, Director of Facilities, at (202) 299-5457 or [email protected].

The following is an estimate of overall potential emissions from the facility:




Potential Emissions

Oxides of Sulfur (SOx)


Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx)


Total Particulate Matter, including condensables (PM Total)


Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)


Carbon Monoxide (CO)


Total Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs)


Lead (Pb)


Saint Elizabeths Hospital-East Campus has the potential to emit 51.86 tons per year (TPY) of oxides of nitrogen (NOx). This value exceeds the major source threshold in the District of Columbia of 25 TPY of NOx. As such, 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. 031-R2 has been prepared.

The application, the draft permit and associated Fact Sheet and Statement of Basis, 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. 


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 28, 2019 will be accepted.


For more information, please contact John C. Nwoke at (202) 724-7778 or [email protected].