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Freeport, Village of (Power Plant #2)

February 3, 2003

STATE OF NEW YORK
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
NOTICE OF COMPLETE APPLICATION
NOTICE OF LEGISLATIVE PUBLIC HEARING

APPLICANT:

Village of Freeport
46 North Ocean Avenue
Freeport, New York 11520-3023

APPLICATION Nos.

-2820-00358/00006 - Part 201: Air State Facility Permit System (SPDES) Modification
1-2820-00358/00009 - Part 661 Tidal Wetlands Permit
1-2820-00358/00010 - Title IV: Acid Rain Permit

PROJECT LOCATION:

Village of Freeport Power Plant #2
289 Buffalo Avenue
Freeport, New York 11520

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Proposed Generating Facility:

The Village of Freeport proposes to construct and operate a new gas turbine facility at Freeport Power Plant #2. The new facility will be constructed immediately adjacent to the existing structure containing the two Fiat diesel engines and one Curtiss-Wright combustion turbine. The proposed facility 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 combustion turbines will fire natural gas and the units will operate in simple cycle mode (no heat recovery) to provide electric generation. The turbines will utilize inlet chillers and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) to control nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions and an oxidation catalyst will be used to control emissions of carbon monoxide (CO) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). Upon leaving the turbines, the exhaust will be directed into a 180-foot stack.

Transmission Line

The Village of Freeport is proposing to install an underground gas and electric utility interconnection. The gas and electric lines will run from the existing Power Plant #2, along Albany Ave., under Merrick Road, along the border of Cleveland Ave., and under Sunrise Highway. The gas transmission line will continue east along Sunrise Highway to Babylon Turnpike, ending several hundred feet south of the Meadowbrook Parkway Bridge. The electric transmission line will continue east along Sunrise Highway and terminate at the LIPA sub-station on Newbridge Road in Bellmore.

PERMITS:

Proposed Electric Generating Facility:

Air Permits. The Village of Freeport 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.

The draft permit for the new facility includes a special condition requiring the Village of Freeport to permanently shut down and decommission the Fiat diesel engines at the time the new turbine begins commercial operation. Simultaneously with this Notice, the Department is issuing a Notice of Intent to Modify and Announcement of Public Comment Period and Legislative Hearing on Modified Draft Permit for the existing units at Power Plant #2, as well as a draft modified Title V permit that calls for the shut-down of the Fiat diesels no later than November 30, 2003.

State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES): The existing facility, Freeport Power Plant #2, has applied for a modification of their existing SPDES permit (SPDES Permit No. 022 6416) to accommodate the additional stormwater from the new facility. This additional stormwater will be directed to two new detention basins. The stormwater will be discharged to the ground via the detention basins.

Tidal Wetlands: The Village of Freeport has applied for a permit pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 661 (Tidal Wetlands). The Village plans on constructing the new turbine facility and associated structures (i.e. sound wall, ammonia storage and stormwater management features) within the 300 foot adjacent area of the tidal wetland associated with Merrick and Freeport Creeks.

Transmission Line

Tidal Wetlands. The transmission line will be installed within the 300 foot adjacent area on the tidal wetland associated with Merrick Creek. This includes the horizontal directional drilling of the transmission line under the wetland near Tory Place.

SEQR STATUS: Pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act ("SEQR", ECL Article 8 and 6 NYCRR Part 617), the Village of Freeport, as lead agency, has determined that the project will not result in significant adverse environmental impact. The project is a Type I action under SEQR. The Village of Freeport issued a Negative Declaration on June 24, 2002 .

WRITTEN COMMENTS: All written comments about the the 201-5 Air State Facility permit , the SPDES modification and the tidal wetlands permit, must be postmarked no later than March 14, 2003, 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.

All public comments on the application and the Subpart 201-5 draft permit will be reviewed by DEC Staff to determine whether they raise substantive and significant issues that warrant further review through adjudication. Specific comments must be supported by full documentation and references should be limited to readily available information.

DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY: The Department has reviewed the application materials, determined that they are complete pursuant to 6 NYCRR Parts 201 (Air Pollution), 750 (State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System), 661 (Tidal Wetlands), and 621 (Uniform Procedure), made a tentative determination to approve the applications and has prepared a draft permits. 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 permits, 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.

  • NYSDEC Region 1, SUNY Campus, Loop Road, Building 40, Stony Brook, NY 11790-2356. Contact John Pavacic.
  • Freeport Memorial Library, 144 West Merrick Road, Freeport, New York.

Public Hearings Sessions

Legislative Public Hearing: A legislative hearing for the receipt of public comments on the application will be held, beginning at 7:00 on March 12, 2003 at the following location:

Freeport High School
50 South Brookside Avenue
Freeport, New York

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.

STATUTORY and REGULATORY PROVISIONS: The air, SPDES and Tidal wetland permits are being reviewed pursuant to ECL Article 19 (Air Pollution Control) and 6NYCRR Part 201 (General Provisions - Air Pollution Control); ECL Article 17 (Water Pollution Control) and 6 NYCRR Part 750 (State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System); Article 25 (Tidal Wetlands) and 6 NYCRR Part 661 (Tidal Wetlands) and Part 617 (SEQR); Part 621 (Uniform Procedures).

JO ANNE W. DI STEFANO
Assistant Commissioner
for Hearings & Mediation Services

February 3, 2003
Albany, New York

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