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Jamaica Bay Peaking Facility, LLC

November 27, 2002


APPLICANT: Jamaica Bay Peaking Facility, LLC,
c/o FPL Energy
700 Universe Boulevard
Juno Beach, FL 33408

APPLICATION No. 2-6308-00513/00007, Article 19 - Air Pollution Control; 2-6308-00513/00008, Article 19 - Title IV, Acid Rain Deposition; 2-6308-00513/00003, Article 17, Water Pollution Control-SPDES

PROJECT LOCATION: 1425 Bay 24th Street, Far Rockaway, NY 11691

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Jamaica Bay Peaking Facility LLC proposes to construct and operate a 54 MW (ISO) electric generating station consisting of two Pratt and Whitney FT-8 gas turbines served by a common generator (FT-8 Swift Pac). The combustion turbines shall operate as a simple cycle unit, and will be fueled by either natural gas or low sulfur (0.05%) distillate oil. The Applicant proposes to install an oxidation catalyst system to reduce emissions of carbon monoxide (CO) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and a water injection metering system along with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to control formation of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and associated emissions. Emissions from the combustion turbines exhaust through a single 110-foot stack. Natural gas will be supplied by the existing gas line that serves the existing Bayswater facility, and distillate oil will be supplied by a new 300,000 gallon storage tank. Other on-site equipment will include gas and air compressors and associated balance-of-plant systems and facilities.

The facility's water supply requirements of approximately 67,200 gallons per day will be provided by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection's (NYCDEP). Process and sanitary wastewater will be routed via the NYCDEP sanitary sewer system to the Rockaway Water Pollution Control Plant. Stormwater from site runoff and secondary containment areas will be directed to an on-site retention basin which discharges to groundwater. Stormwater from the secondary containment for the fuel oil storage tank and fuel transfer area will pass through an oil/water separator prior to being discharged to the retention basin. Overflow from the retention basin discharges to the NYCDEP storm sewer line which ultimately discharges into Jamaica Bay.

The project will be a minor modification of the existing Bayswater Peaking Facility and will be located directly adjacent to the existing facility at the end of Bay 24th Street in Far Rockaway, NY.

PERMITS: Jamaica Bay Peaking Facility LLC 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 - Phase II Acid Rain permit, and a State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit pursuant to ECL §17-0823. DEC has tentatively determined that the application meets all air pollution control requirements of Article 19, Part 201, and Title IV (Acid Rain) of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, and has also tentatively determined that all wastewater discharges will comply with the applicable requirements of the Federal Clean Water Act and State law.

SEQRA STATUS: Pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act ("SEQR", ECL Article 8 and 6 NYCRR Part 617), Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), as lead agency, has determined that the project will not result in significant adverse environmental impact. LIPA issued a Negative Declaration on November 14, 2002.

PUBLIC HEARING: A legislative hearing session for the receipt of public comments, on the application will be held at 7:00PM on December 12, 2002 at the following location:

Far Rockaway High School
Auditorium, 821 Bay 25th Street,
Far Rockaway, NY. 11691

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. A Spanish-speaking interpreter will be provided. 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, Albany, New York 12233-1750, attn: Kevin Kispert, Project Manager. Written comments must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2002.

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:

  • NYSDEC Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-1750. Contact: Kevin Kispert.
  • NYSDEC Region 2, 47-40 21st Street, Long Island City, NY 11101. Contact: Elizabeth Clarke.
  • Arverne Public Library, 312 Beach 54 Street, Arverne NY, 11692,(718) 634-4784;
  • Broadchannel Public Library,16-26 Cross Bay Boulevard,Broad Channel NY, 11693, (718) 318-4943;
  • Peninsula Public Library 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach NY, 11693, (718) 634-1110;
  • Seaside Public Library, 116-15 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Park NY, 11694, (718) 634-1876.
  • Far Rockaway Branch Library, 1637 Central Avenue, Far Rockaway, NY 11691
  • Ozone Park Branch Library, 92-24 Rockaway Blvd., Ozone Park, NY 11417
  • Office of the Queens Borough President,120-55 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens NY 11424 (718) 286-3000

STATUTORY and REGULATORY PROVISIONS: The air and SPDES permit applications are being reviewed pursuant to ECL Article 8 (SEQRA), Article 17 (Water Pollution Control), Article 19 (Air Pollution Control), Article 70 (Uniform Procedures Act), and 6NYCRR Part 201 (General Provisions - Air Pollution Control), Part 617 (SEQR), Part 621 (Uniform Procedures), and Part 750 et seq. (SPDES).

Jo Anne W. Di Stefano
Assistant Commissioner for
Hearings and Mediation Services and
Acting Chief Administrative Law Judge

November 27, 2002
Albany, New York

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