Notice of intent to issue a plan approval and amend a Title V operating permit
Notice is hereby given pursuant to 25 Pa. Code Sections 127.44(b) and 127.424(b), that the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) intends to issue Plan Approval 25-923A to Erie Power, LLC for the two (2) 35 MW natural gas-fired combustion turbines at the company’s facility located at 10915 Ackerman Lane, North East Township, Erie County.
The facility currently has a Title V permit No. 25-00923. The Plan Approval will subsequently be incorporated into the Title V Operating Permit through an administrative amendment in accordance with 25 Pa. Code Section 127.450.
Planned reactivation of 2 natural gas turbines
The subject plan approval is for the reactivation of the two (2) existing 35 MW natural gas-fired combustion turbines at the facility (Source ID’s 001 & 002). The subject sources were deactivated in October 2010. Therefore, in accordance with 25 Pa. Code §127.11a(b), the permittee must both comply with the requirements of 25 Pa. Code §127.11a(a), and demonstrate BAT for the subject source(s). Proposed BAT for the combustion turbines will consist of steam injection and good combustion practices for control of NOx, use of oxidation catalyst and good combustion practices for control of CO and VOC, and use of low sulfur fuels and good combustion practices for control of PM and SO2.
Based on the information provided by the applicant and DEP’s own analysis, the proposed source will result in potential emissions of 121.0 tons of nitrogen oxides (NOx), 110.7 tons of carbon monoxide, 21.5 tons of particulate matter, 16.8 tons of volatile organic compounds (VOC), and 2.6 tons of sulfur dioxide per year for each source, which does not represent an increase over previously-authorized emission limits for these source(s). Additionally, the Plan Approval contains newly applicable RACT provisions of 25 Pa. Code §§129.96-129.100. The Plan Approval will contain additional testing, monitoring, recordkeeping, reporting, and work practice requirements designed to keep the facility operating within all applicable air quality requirements.
Copies of the application, DEP’s analysis, and other documents used in the evaluation are available for public inspection between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at the address shown below. To make an appointment, contact Records Management at 814-332-6340.
Anyone wishing to provide DEP with additional information they believe should be considered may submit the information to the address shown below. Comments must be received by the Department within 30 days of the last day of publication. Written comments should include the following: 1. Name, address, and telephone number of the person submitting comments. 2. Identification of the proposed Plan Approval; No. 25-923B. 3. Concise statement regarding the relevancy of the information or any objections to issuance of the Plan Approval.
A public hearing may be held, if the Department of Environmental Protection, in its discretion, decides that such a hearing is warranted on the comments received during the public comment period. All persons submitting comments or requesting a hearing will be notified of the decision to hold a hearing by publication in a local newspaper of general circulation or the Pennsylvania Bulletin or by telephone, where the Department determines such notification is sufficient.
Written comments or requests for a public hearing should be directed to:
Christina S. Nagy, Regional Air Quality Manager
Department of Environmental Protection
Northwest Regional Office
230 Chestnut St.
Meadville, PA 16335
Erie Power states that it purchased the North East Plant in early 2014 and intends to reactivate the North East Plant as a baseload power facility without any material modifications to the facility itself or to its interconnection at South Ripley, New York.