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Proposed Air Quality Permit 7166 - DC Housing Authority c/o CIH Properties

Friday, September 15, 2017

PUBLIC NOTICE

Proposed Air Quality Permit 7166, DC Housing Authority c/o CIH Properties, Inc., Operation of an existing 100 kWe diesel-fired emergency generator set at Claridge Towers, 1221 M Street NW

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to 40 C.F.R. Part 51.161, D.C. Official Code §2-505, and 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 an air quality permit (#7166) to DC Housing Authority C/O CIH Properties Inc. to operate a 100 kWe emergency generator set powered by a 166 hp diesel-fired engine at Claridge Towers, located at 1221 M Street NW, Washington DC. The contact person for facility is José R. Flora, Property Director, at 240 882-8940.  The applicant’s mailing address is 9316 Piney Branch Road #106, Silver Spring MD 20903.

The estimated maximum emissions from the emergency generator set, assuming 500 hours per year of operation, are as follows:

                                                  

Maximum Annual Emissions

Pollutant

(tons/yr)

Total Particulate Matter (PM Total)

0.09

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)

                                    0.08

Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)

1.29

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)

0.10

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

0.28

The proposed permitted emission limits are as follows:

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


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

Washington, DC 20002


[email protected]


No comments or hearing requests submitted after October 16, 2017 will be accepted.

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