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CPN Bethpage 3rd Turbine, Inc. (November 2001)

November 14, 2001

STATE OF NEW YORK
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD, and
COMBINED NOTICE OF COMPLETE APPLICATION and
LEGISLATIVE PUBLIC HEARING

APPLICANT: CPN Bethpage 3rd Turbine, Inc., The Pilot House, 2nd Floor, Lewis Wharf, Boston, MA 02110

APPLICATION No. 1-2824-2157/00001

PROJECT LOCATION: Bethpage Generating Facility, 939 South Broadway, Hicksville, New York 11801-5032

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: CPN Bethpage 3rd Turbine, Inc. ("CPN Bethpage") proposes to construct and operate a new gas turbine facility, the Bethpage Combustion Turbine Project. The new facility will be constructed immediately adjacent to the existing TBG Cogen Partners' cogeneration facility. The proposed Bethpage Combustion Turbine Project will consist of a new General Electric (GE) LM6000 Sprint simple cycle combustion turbine. The new combustion turbine generator will have a nominal electrical power output of less than 50 MW. The TBG Cogen Partners' cogeneration facility is an existing major source; the proposed Project will be considered a minor modification to this source as maximum emissions of all criteria pollutants will be below Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) significant increase thresholds and Non-Attainment New Source Review (NNSR) significant net increase thresholds.

The combustion turbine will fire natural gas and the unit will operate in simple cycle mode (no heat recovery) to provide electric generation particularly during periods of high demand. The turbine will utilize water injection and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to control nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and an oxidation catalyst to control the emissions of carbon monoxide (CO) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). Upon leaving the turbine, the exhaust will be directed into a 100-foot stack.

PERMITS:

AIR: CPN Bethpage has applied for an air pollution control permit pursuant to Article 19 of the Environmental Conservation Law ("ECL") and Part 201 of Title 6 of the New York Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations ("6NYCRR"). A Title IV Acid Rain permit has also been applied for by the applicant. DEC has tentatively determined that the application meets all air pollution control requirements of Article 19 and Part 201.

SEQRA STATUS: Pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act ("SEQRA", ECL Article 8 and 6 NYCRR Part 617), Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), which served as lead agency, has determined that the project will not result in any significant adverse environmental impacts. The project is a Type I action under SEQRA. LIPA issued a Negative Declaration on November 13, 2001.

PUBLIC HEARING: A legislative hearing for the receipt of public comments on the application will be held, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on December 6, 2001, at the following location:

Central Boulevard Elementary School
60 Central Boulevard
Bethpage, New York 11714

All persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies who may be affected by the proposed project are invited to attend the hearing and to submit oral or written comments on the application. It is not necessary to file in advance to speak at the hearing. Lengthy comments should be submitted in writing. Equal weight will be given to both oral and written statements. The Administrative Law Judge ("ALJ") may limit the time available for oral comments to 5 minutes per person to ensure that all persons have an opportunity to be heard. The hearing facility is reasonably accessible to the mobility impaired.

WRITTEN COMMENTS: Parties may file written comments with the NYS DEC Division of Environmental Permits, Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, New York 12233-1750, attn: Christopher M. Hogan, Project Manager. Written comments must be postmarked no later than December 21, 2001.

DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY: The Department has reviewed the application materials, determined that they are complete pursuant to 6NYCRR Parts 201 and 621, made a tentative determination to approve the application and has prepared a draft permit. It has been determined that all statutory and regulatory criteria can be met through the imposition of special permit conditions. The application materials, as well as a draft air permit, are available for review during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, at the following locations:

  1. NYSDEC Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, New York 12233-1750. Contact: Christopher Hogan. Tel: 518/402-9151.
  2. NYSDEC Region 1, SUNY Campus, Loop Road, Building 40, Stony Brook, NY 11790-2356. Contact: John Pavacic.
  3. BETHPAGE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 47 Powell Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714.

STATUTORY and REGULATORY PROVISIONS: The air permit application is being reviewed pursuant to ECL Article 19 (Air Pollution Control) and 6NYCRR Part 201 (General Provisions - Air Pollution Control); Part 617 (SEQRA); Part 621 (Uniform Procedures); and Part 624 (Permit Hearing Procedures).

DANIEL E. LOUIS
CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE

November 14, 2001
Albany, New York

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