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Notice Requesting Public Comment on Draft Title V and Chapter 2 Air Quality Operating Permit for Corvias Campus Living

Friday, March 27, 2020


Notice is hereby given that the Corvias Campus Living – HU LLC 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 the following emission units and miscellaneous sources of air emissions at Howard University, 2251 Sherman Ave NW Washington DC 20001:

                                                             Emission Units

Emission Unit ID

Stack ID

Emission Unit Identification




Cummins Model No. NT855-G3 generator set located at Howard Plaza Towers East

250 kWe generator set powered by a 390 hp diesel engine, installation date: 1987 (non-NSPS)



Cummins Model No. NT855-G3 generator set located at Howard Plaza Towers West

250 kWe generator set powered by a 390 hp diesel engine, installation date: 1987 (non-NSPS)



Cummins Model No. 6CTA8.3-G generator set located at George Cook Hall

175 kWe generator set powered by a 277 hp diesel engine, installation date: 1991 (non-NSPS)



Kubota Model No. V2203-M-BG-ET02 generator set located at Charles Drew Hall

20 kWe generator set powered by a 36 hp diesel engine, installation date: 2019 (NSPS)

Miscellaneous Activities:

1.   Six small storage tanks for storage of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel with capacities ranging from 50-275 gallons;

2.   Four Trane Chillers (less than 600 lbs) and one AC unit, using R-134a, R-11, or R-410A refrigerant;

3.   Six natural gas-fired dryers located in Cook Hall and eight natural gas-fired dryers located in Drew Hall with heat input ratings less than 5 MMBTU/hr;

4.   Two cooling towers; and

5.   Fifteen natural gas-fired external combustion units with heat input ratings less than 5 MMBTU/hr.

The contact person for the facility is Ms. Kimberly Collins at (410) 409-0255 or [email protected].

Emissions Summary:

The following is an estimate of overall potential emissions from the equipment to be covered by this permit:



Potential Emissions

Oxides of Sulfur (SOx)


Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx)


Particulate Matter (PM/PM10)


Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)


Carbon Monoxide (CO)


Total Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs)


The equipment covered by this permit is being aggregated with that of the greater Howard University facility for Title V permit applicability purposes, due in part to Howard University’s partial control of the Corvias Campus Living – HU LLC operations at the facility. This equipment, along with equipment controlled directly by Howard University, has the potential to emit greater than 25 tons per year of oxides of nitrogen (NOx). The value for this criteria pollutant exceeds the major source threshold in the District of Columbia of 25 TPY of NOx. Because potential emissions of NOx exceeds 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.

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. 055 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 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 April 27, 2020 will be accepted.

For more information, please contact Thomas Olmstead at (202) 535- 2273 or [email protected].