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Proposed Air Quality Permit 6402 - U.S. Government Printing Office


Proposed Air Quality Permit 6402 – U.S. Government Printing Office, One Heidelberg PM GTO 52-2 Printing Press in Building 3 of the of the GPO complex at 732 North Capitol Street NW


Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to 40 C.F.R. Part 51.161, and D.C. Official Code §2-505, the Air Quality Division (AQD) of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), located at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC, intends to issue an air quality permit (#6402) to the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) to operate a Heidelberg PM GTO 52-2 sheet-fed offset lithographic printing press as part of Press Group 50 in Building 3 of the GPO complex at 732 North Capitol Street NW, Washington DC 20401. The contact person for the applicant is D. Kevin McGuiness, Environmental Program Manager, at (202) 512-1626.

The proposed overall emission limits for the equipment are as follows:

a.   No visible emissions shall be emitted from this equipment. [20 DCMR 201 and 20 DCMR 606.1]

b.   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]  

It should be noted that emissions are primarily minimized from this type of equipment by operational limitations and procedures set forth in the permit, rather than from explicit emission limits.

Emissions from the unit are expected to be approximately as follows:


Estimated Annual Emissions (tons/yr)

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)


The permit application and supporting documentation, along with the draft permit 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 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 permit.

Comments on the proposed permit and any request for a public hearing should be addressed to:

Stephen S. Ours    
Chief, Permitting Branch - Air Quality Division

District Department of the Environment
1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002

[email protected]

No written comments or hearing requests postmarked after November 11, 2013 will be accepted.

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