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Capitol Power Plant Proposed Air Quality Permits - Notice of Comment Period Extension

Capitol Power Plant Proposed Air Quality Permits for Plantwide Applicability Limits for NOx and PM2.5, Installation of a Cogeneration Facility, and Operation of Existing Boiler #3

Notice is hereby given that the comment period on a series of proposed air quality permits to the Architect of the Capitol for equipment and operations at the Capitol Power Plant, located at 25 E Street SE, Washington DC, 20003 will be extended such that all public comments will now be due by 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 18, 2013. The original Notice of Public Hearing and Public Comment for the permits, was published in the D.C. Register at 59 DCR 013037 (November 16, 2012).

Interested persons may submit written comments on the proposed permits, which must 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 permits. Note that the proposed permits do not amend the operating permit for the coal fired units at the facility.  Although these permits will indirectly limit coal use at the facility, banning coal is not a legally viable option through this permitting action. Comments should be either (1) mailed or hand-delivered to DDOE, Air Quality Division, 1200 First Street, N.E., 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002, Attention: Stephen S. Ours - Chief, Permitting, or (2) e-mailed to stephen.ours@dc.gov.

All comments will be treated as public documents and will be made available for public viewing on the Department’s website. When the Department identifies a comment containing copyrighted material, the Department will provide a reference to that material on the website. The Department will look for the commenter’s name and address on the comment. If a comment is sent by e-mail, the email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public record and made available on the Department’s website. If the Department cannot read a comment due to technical difficulties, and the email address contains an error, the Department may not be able to contact the commenter for clarification and may not be able to consider the comment. Including the commenter’s name and contact information in the comment will avoid this difficulty.

No written comments postmarked after February 18, 2013 will be accepted, however all comments submitted since the beginning of the original comment period (November 16, 2012)  will be considered and do not need to be resubmitted. For more information on the proposed permitting action, please see the original Notice at 59 DCR 013037 (November 16, 2012) or http://green.dc.gov/node/378592.