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Proposed Air Quality Permit 6717 - Department of Homeland Security Indoor Firing Range

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 an air quality permit (#6717) to the Department of Homeland Security, to construct and operate an indoor firing range at the 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NE. The contact person for the facility is Stephen Zettlemoyer, Environmental Protection Specialist, at (202) 690-9442.

The applicant was unable to quantify the criteria pollutants emissions from the indoor firing range facility but specified that the filters used in the process are more than 99.97% efficient.  It is expected that emissions will be extremely low, considering the type of operation and the control equipment that will be in use.

The proposed emission limits are as follows:

a.   Emissions of dust shall be minimized in accordance with the requirements of 20 DCMR 605   and the “Operational Limitations” of the permit.

b.   The emission of fugitive dust from the indoor firing range facility is prohibited. [20 DCMR 605.2]

c.   The discharge of particulate matter into the atmosphere from any process shall not exceed three hundreds (0.03) grains per dry standard cubic foot of the exhaust. [20 DCMR 603.1]

d.   Visible emissions shall not be emitted into the outdoor atmosphere from the firing range. [20 DCMR 201 and 20 DCMR 606.1]

e.   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

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 September 30, 2013 will be accepted.

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