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Proposed Air Quality Permit 6844 – NEON Communications

PUBLIC NOTICE

Proposed Air Quality Permit 6844 – NEON Communications, One existing 600 kW diesel fired emergency generator set at 900 2nd Street NE

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 #6844 to NEON Communications to operate one Cummins emergency diesel generator engine, located in Washington, DC. The contact person for the facility is Michael Clark, Air Permit Representative, at (609) 387-5553.

Emergency Generator to be Permitted

Equipment Location 

Address

Generator Size

Engine Size 

Permit No.

Fencing enclosure on the ground level of the Railway Express Building

 

900 2nd Street NE Washington, DC 20002

600 kW

671.4 kW

(900 bhp)

6844

The proposed emission limits are as follows:

a.   Visible emissions shall not be emitted into the outdoor atmosphere from the generator, 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 emergency generator are as follows:

Pollutant

Emission Rate (lb/hr)

Maximum Annual Emissions (tons/yr)

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

5.746

1.4365

Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx)

26.6968

6.6742

Total Particulate Matter (PM Total)

1.8785

0.4696

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

2.1791

0.5448

Sulfur Dioxide (SOx)

1.7547

0.4387

The application to operate the emergency generator and the draft permit and supporting documents 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 April 28, 2014 will be accepted.

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