International Paper Company - Ticonderoga Mill (Supplemental)
October 20, 2005
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
NOTICE OF COMPLETE APPLICATION
NOTICE OF LEGISLATIVE PUBLIC HEARING
APPLICANT: International Paper Company (Ticonderoga Mill)
586 Shore Airport Road
Ticonderoga, New York 12883
APPLICATION No. 5-1548-00008/00081
PROJECT LOCATION: 586 Shore Airport Road
Ticonderoga, New York 12883
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The applicant, International Paper Company (IP) has applied for a modification of its Air Pollution Control Title V Permit to conduct a two week trial burn to evaluate the use of tire derived fuel as an alternate fuel source for the mill's power boiler. The Department has prepared a Draft Permit and has made a tentative determination to approve this application for modification. This modification would authorize a two week trial and testing period during which tire-derived fuel (TDF) will be combusted in the power boiler along with number 6 fuel oil and bark/wood. The TDF loading will not exceed 3 tons per hour and the total heat input to the boiler will not exceed 748 MMBtu per hour. TDF will be added to bark/wood in the wood yard and be conveyed with the bark/wood to the boiler. During the first week, TDF will be added in gradually increasing amounts while the boiler operators adjust the boiler to achieve optimum combustion conditions. Particulate Matter emissions will be measured (using USEPA Method 5) when the TDF feed rate reaches 1 ton per hour, then again at 2 tons per hour and again at 3 tons per hour to ensure compliance with the permit limit during this period. During the second week, extensive stack testing will be performed to characterize emissions.
Whenever TDF is being burned, facility personnel will monitor the SO2 emission rate and NOX emission rate utilizing the mill's continuous emissions monitoring systems. Stack opacity will be monitored by certified personnel during daylight hours. If any of these indicators exceed permit limits, the facility will stop adding TDF until the conditions have stabilized and are in compliance.
In accordance with 6NYCRR Parts 621.5(d)(9) and 201-6.4(c), the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has the authority to bar issuance of any Title V Facility Permit if it is determined not to be in compliance with applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act or 6NYCRR Part 201.
PERMITS: IP has applied for a modification of its existing Title V Air Permit pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law Article 19 (Air Pollution Control) and 6 NYCRR Part 201 (Permits and Registrations).
SEQR STATUS: Pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR, ECL Article 8 and 6 NYCRR Part 617), the DEC has determined that the proposed action is a Type II action pursuant to 6 NYCRR 617.5(c)(18), and is not subject to further review or procedures under SEQR.
DEC STAFF POSITION AND DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY: After review of the application and supporting documentation the DEC Staff has made a tentative determination to issue the modified Title V permit and has prepared a draft modified permit.
All filed application documents, including copies of the existing Title V permit and the draft modified permit are available for inspection during normal business hours at:
(1) NYS DEC Region 5 Office, Environmental Permits, 1115 NY Rte. 86, Ray Brook, New York, Contact: Michael J. McMurray, (518) 897-1234;
(2) Town of Ticonderoga Community Building, 132 Montcalm Street, Ticonderoga, NY 12883, Contact: Tonya Thompson (518) 585-6677;
(3) The Black Watch Memorial Library, 195 Montcalm Street, Ticonderoga, NY 12883, Contact: (518) 585-7380;
(4) Town Manager's Office, Town Of Middlebury, 94 Main Street, Middlebury, VT 05753, Contact: Bill Finger (802) 388-8100;
(5) Addison County Regional Planning Commission, 79 Court Street, Middlebury, VT 05753, Contact: Kevin Behm (802) 388-3141.LEGISLATIVE PUBLIC HEARING: In addition to the previously announced Legislative Public Hearing sessions which are scheduled to be held on November 9, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and the second session on November 9, 2005 beginning at 7:00 p.m., a third Legislative Public Hearing will be held on November 30, 2005 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All three sessions will be held at the following location:
Ticonderoga Armory Community Center, 123 Champlain Avenue, Ticonderoga, NY, 12883 (contact: Town of Ticonderoga, Tonya Thompson, (518) 585-6677)
The reason for this November 30, 2005 legislative hearing is to ensure compliance with applicable federal regulations.
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.
Each legislative hearing is open to all members of the public. It is not necessary for members of the public to attend each legislative hearing session. All comments will be considered by Department staff.
Translator services shall be made available, at no charge, upon written request to the ALJ at least 10 days prior to the hearing. All requests must be made to the NYSDEC Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, ALJ Molly T. McBride, 625 Broadway, First Floor, Albany, New York, 12233-1550. (518) 402-9003. The request must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on October 31, 2005. Interpreter services shall be made available to deaf persons, at no charge, upon written request to the ALJ at the address listed above at least 10 days prior to the hearing.
WRITTEN PUBLIC COMMENTS: The previously announced written comment period has been extended to December 9, 2005. All interested parties may submit written comments at a hearing session or by mail no later than December 9, 2005 to Michael J. McMurray, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Environmental Permits, 1115 Route 86, P.O. Box 296, Ray Brook, New York 12977-0296.
October 20, 2005
Albany, New York