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Draft Air Quality Permits 6796-R1, 6797-R1, and 6798-R1, U.S. General Services Administration

Friday, February 22, 2019

PUBLIC NOTICE

Draft Air Quality Permits 6796-R1, 6797-R1, and 6798-R1, U.S. General Services Administration, Operation of three existing 1,250 kWe diesel-fired emergency generator sets at the Central Heating and Refrigeration Plant, 325 13th Street SW

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 air quality permits (Nos. 6796-R1, 6797-R1 and 6798-R1) to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to operate three (3) existing 1,250 kWe emergency generator sets powered by 1,818 hp diesel-fired engines at the Central Heating and Refrigeration Plant, located at 325 13th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024. The contact person for facility is George Korvah, Manager, Environmental & Water Chemistry Branch, at (202) 821-8109. The applicant’s mailing address is 325 13th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024.

Emissions:

Maximum emissions from each of three the 1,250 kWe emergency generator sets, operating four hundred (400) hours per year each, are expected to be as follows:

                                                  

Maximum Annual Emissions

Pollutant

(tons/yr)

Particulate Matter (PM) (Total)

0.15

Sulfur Oxides (SOx)

<0.01

Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)

7.96

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)

0.08

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

1.03

Emission Limitations:

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

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

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]

c.   NOx emissions from each generator set shall not exceed 9.93 g/hp-hr. [20 DCMR 201]

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 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


Department of Energy and Environment
1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor

Washington, DC 20002


[email protected]


No comments or hearing requests submitted after March 25, 2019 will be accepted.

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