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Notice Requesting Public Comment on Draft Title V and Chapter 2 Air Quality Operating Permit - Catholic University of America

Friday, August 19, 2016


Notice Requesting Public Comment on Draft Title V and Chapter 2 Air Quality Operating Permit for the Catholic University of America

Notice is hereby given that The Catholic University of America 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 equipment at its facility located at 620 Michigan Avenue NE, Washington DC.:

  • Four identical dual fuel (No. 2 fuel oil/natural gas) fired boilers,
  • Six diesel-fired emergency standby generators subject to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS),
  • 20 diesel-fired emergency standby generators not subject to the NSPS,
  • One paint spray booth at the Crough Center,
  • One parts washer (degreaser) at the power plant,
  • One DM1200 glass melter at the Vitreous State Laboratory, Hannan Hall,
  • Three smaller glass melters – two DM100 melters and one DM10 melter (note that the numbers of these smaller glass melters change from time to time as new ones are constructed and older ones are taken out of service; they are, however considered insignificant sources and are not subject to Chapter 2 permitting),
  • One gasoline storage tank (6,000 gallon capacity) with one associated gasoline fuel dispensing pump,
  • Numerous laboratory fume hoods,
  • Tile cutting room,
  • Carpentry and woodworking facilities located at Hartke Theater, Crough Center, and the power plant,
  • Numerous units of natural gas fired kitchen equipment,
  • Air conditioning and refrigeration operations, including related cooling towers,
  • Two photography developing laboratories ,
  • Two underground storage tanks and 27 aboveground storage tanks for fuel oil,
  • One  natural gas-burning clay kiln ,
  • 21 chillers,
  • One diesel fuel dispensing pump,
  • 11 boilers with less than five (5) million British Thermal Units (BTU) per hour of heat input and burning natural gas only, and
  • 40 hot water heaters less than five (5) million BTU per hour of heat input.

The contact person for the facility is Louis P. Alar, Director of Environmental Health and Safety at (202) 319-5789.

The Catholic University of America has the potential to emit (PTE) approximately 105.63 tons per year (TPY) of oxides of nitrogen (NOx). This exceeds the major source threshold for NOx in the District of Columbia of 25 TPY. Because potential emissions of NOx exceed the major source threshold, pursuant to 20 DCMR 300.1(a), the source is subject to Chapter 3 (Title V) and must obtain an operating permit in accordance with that regulation and Title V of the federal Clean Air Act.

One emission unit is being permitted for the first time in this permitting action, the parts washer (degreaser) located at the power plant.  Emissions from this unit are not expected to exceed 71 pounds of volatile organic compounds (VOC) per year.  The applicable emission limit for the unit is as follows: 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 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 Title V Permit No. 010-R2 has been prepared.

The application, the draft permit, 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 at http://doee.dc.gov.

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.  Hearing requests or comments should be directed to Stephen S. Ours, DOEE Air Quality Division, 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington DC 20002 or [email protected].  Questions about this permitting action should be directed to Abraham T. Hagos at (202) 535-1354 or [email protected].  No comments or hearing requests submitted after September 19, 2016 will be accepted.