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Draft Air Quality Permit - 13 & F Associates Limited Partnership

Friday, March 30, 2018

PUBLIC NOTICE

Draft Air Quality Permit 6677-R1, 13 & F Associates Limited Partnership, Operation of an existing800 kWe diesel-fired emergency generator set at Columbia Square, 555 13th 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, Washington, DC, intends to issue Permit No. 6677-R1 to 13 & F Associates Limited Partnership, to operate an existing 800 kWe Caterpillar emergency generator set powered by a 1,174 hp diesel-fired engine. The unit is located at Columbia Square at 555 13th Street NW, Washington DC 20004. The contact person for the facility is Eva Brashears, Assistant Engineering Manager, phone number: (202) 383-8888.

The proposed emission limits are as follows:

a.   Visible emissions shall not be emitted into the outdoor atmosphere from this generator, 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].

      Note that 20 DCMR 606 is subject to an EPA-issued call for a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision (known as a “SIP call”) requiring the District to revise 20 DCMR 606. See “State Implementation Plans: Response to Petition for Rulemaking; Restatement and Update of EPA’s SSM Policy Applicable to SIPs; Findings of Substantial Inadequacy; and SIP Calls To Amend Provisions Applying to Excess Emissions During Periods of Startup, Shutdown and Malfunction”, 80 Fed. Reg. 33840 (June 12, 2015). It is likely that this federal action will result in changes to the requirements of 20 DCMR 606.  Any such changes, once finalized in the DCMR, will supersede the language of Condition II(a) as stated above.

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]

The estimated maximum emissions from the emergency generator engine set are as follows:

Pollutant

Maximum Annual Emissions (tons/yr)

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

1.615

Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx)

7.044

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)

0.207

Total Particulate Matter (PM Total)

0.205

Oxides of Sulfur (SOx)

0.004

The application to operate the emergency generator and the draft renewal permit are available for public inspection at AQD and copies may be made 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, a written request for a public hearing, or both, on the draft permit action within thirty (30) days of publication of this notice. The written comments or a written request for a public hearing 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 or outcome from a public hearing will be considered in issuing the final permit. 


Comments or a 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 written comments postmarked after April 30, 2018 will be accepted.


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