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The George Washington University, Proposed Air Quality Permit for a diesel fired fire pump at City Hall, 950 24th Street NW

FISCAL YEAR 2013

PUBLIC NOTICE

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to 40 C.F.R. Part 51.161, and D.C. Official Code §2-505, the Air Quality Division (AQD) of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), located at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC, intends to issue Permit #6690 to the George Washington University to operate one (1) Detroit Diesel fire pump engine located at City Hall, 950 24th Street, NW, Washington, DC. The contact person for the facility is James Schrote, Executive Director, Facilities Services, at (202) 994-0543.

The proposed emission limits are as follows:

a.     Visible emissions shall not be emitted into the outdoor atmosphere from the fire pump engine, 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]

The estimated emissions from the units are as follows:

Pollutant

Emissions (lb/hr)

Maximum Annual Emissions (tons/yr)

Particulate Matter<10 microns (PM10)

0.262

0.0655

Sulfur Oxides (SOx)

0.00130

0.000326

Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)

0.304

0.0760

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

0.0323

0.14

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

0.803

0.201

The application to operate the fire pump engine and 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

District Department of the Environment
1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002

Stephen.Ours@dc.gov

No written comments or hearing requests postmarked after March 18, 2013 will be accepted.

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