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Proposed Air Quality Permit 6852 – Pak American Corporation


Proposed Air Quality Permit 6852 – Pak American Corporation, One existing auto body paint spray booth at 37 L St. SE

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 (#6852) to Pak American Corporation, to operate an auto body paint spray booth at 37 L Street SE, Washington DC. The contact person for the facility is Imran Butt, President, at (202) 488-4844.


The maximum estimated potential emissions of volatile organic compound (VOC) from the auto body paint spray booth equipment, operating fifty two weeks (52) per year, is expected to be as follows:


Maximum Annual Emissions



Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)


The proposed emission limits are as follows:

a.   No chemical strippers containing methylene chloride (MeCl) shall be used for paint stripping at the facility. [20 DCMR 201.1]

b.   Paints and refinishing coatings that contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in excess of the limits specified in Table I below, including any VOC containing materials added to the original coating supplied by the manufacturer, shall be prohibited. [20 DCMR 718.3]

Table I:     Allowable Content of VOCs in Mobile Equipment Repair and Refinishing Coatings (as applied)

  Coating Type




(Pounds per gallon)

(Grams per liter)

Automotive pretreatment primer



Automotive primer-surfacer



Automotive primer-sealer



Automotive topcoat:    



single stage-topcoat



2 stage basecoat/clearcoat



3 or 4-stage basecoat/clearcoat 



Automotive multi-colored topcoat 



Automotive specialty coating



*Weight of VOC per volume of coating (minus water and non-VOC solvents)

c.   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]

d.   Visible emissions shall not be emitted into the outdoor atmosphere from the paint spray booth. [20 DCMR 201.1, 606.1 and 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

No written comments or hearing requests postmarked after March 3, 2014 will be accepted.

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