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New York Power Authority (Astoria)


Applicant: New York Power Authority, 123 Main Street, White Plains, New York 10601

Application Number: DEC # 2-6301-00084/00016, DPS Case # 99-F-1627, SPDES #NY 0267503

Project Description: The Applicant, New York Power Authority (NYPA), has applied for Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) pre-construction conditions from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) pursuant to 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 52.21 and for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need under Article X of the NYS Public Service Law from the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment so that it may construct and operate a combined cycle electric generation facility.

(the NYPA Combined Cycle Astoria Project or the NYPA Astoria Project), consisting of two General Electric 7FA combustion turbine generators (CTG), two heat recovery steam generators (HRSG), one steam turbine generator (STG), two diesel engines for emergency equipment and associated balance-of-plant systems and facilities. The primary fuel will be natural gas. Kerosene (with low 0.04% sulfur content) will be used for back-up, not to exceed 30 days per year. The nominal electric generating capacity of the proposed facility will be approximately 500 megawatts (MW). The Applicant also proposes to install a carbon monoxide (CO) catalyst to reduce CO and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and a 'dry low oxides of nitrogen (NOx) burner' and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to reduce NOx. The facility will not require the intake of cooling water from the East River since it will use an air-cooled condenser.

Public Notice: DEC Staff has made a tentative determination that the proposed construction of a 500 MW natural gas-fired combined cycle facility by NYPA is subject to and satisfies the federal requirements for the PSD contained in 40 CFR § 52.21. The air emissions will result from the turbines and generators and will be vented through two co-located 250-foot high, Good Engineering Practice (GEP) exhaust stacks. The following PSD-affected air pollutants will be controlled with the Best Available Control Technology (BACT): sulfur dioxide (SO2), particulate matter (PM & PM10) Nit emissions of these PSD- affected air pollutants will not cause or significantly contribute to an exceedance of any national primary or secondary ambient air quality standards, and will not consume more than the allowable PSD air quality increment where one exists. In fact, the projected maximum concentrations of the PSD-affected criteria pollutants are below U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-defined significance levels. The facility is also affected by federal New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) at 40 CFR Part 60. In addition to the operating restrictions and emission limitations proposed by NYPA for the NYPA Combined Cycle Project, which have been incorporated as special permit conditions, DEC staff has imposed further limitations on the project to assure compliance with NOx, and reductions in CO and ammonia emissions, as provided in the 'fact sheet'.

Project Location: The facility will be located on a seven-acre undeveloped parcel of land adjacent to NYPA's existing Charles Poletti Power Project, on 31-03 20th Avenue, Astoria, Queens County, New York, on part of an approximately 47-acre parcel owned by the Applicant. The entire project area is zoned for heavy industrial use (M3-1). The 47-acre NYPA property is part of a 291-acre parcel formerly shared with Consolidated Edison. The property has been used since 1905 for the generation of electricity. The existing Charles Poletti Power Project began commercial operation in 1977, burning fuel oil or natural gas. The proposed NYPA Combined Cycle Project is bounded on the north by the existing oil storage tanks and the East River, on the east by the NRG Astoria Gas Turbine complex, on the south by the Astoria West substation, on the southwest by the existing NYPA Charles Poletti Power Facility and on the west by an open area and the Sintering Building.

NYS Public Service Law: This project is subject to review pursuant to Article X of the New York State Public Service Law (PSL) (Siting of Major Electric Generating Facilities) and requires a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need (Certificate) from the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment to construct and operate a 500 MW natural gas-fired combined cycle facility. The Article X application was filed on August 18, 2000 and was supplemented on January 22, 2001 and April 24, 2001.

Other Regulatory Provisions: In addition to the specific regulations cited above, the entire Article X application is being processed by DEC pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) Article 3, Title 3 (General Functions), ECL Article 17 (Water Pollution Control), ECL Article 19 (Air Pollution Control), and Title 6 of the New York Compilation of Codes, Rules and Regulations (6 NYCRR) Part 201 (Permits and Registrations), Subpart 231-2 (Requirements for Emission Sources Subject to §§ 172 and 173 of the Clean Air Act , 42 USC §7502 and §7503 on or after November 15, 1992) and Part 621 Uniform Procedures (link leaves DEC's website). A separate notice will be issued concurrently for comment on the 6 NYCRR Part 201 and State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) draft permits.

SEQRA Status: DEC has determined that the proposed action is a Type II action 6 NYCRR § 617.5(c)(35) (link leaves DEC's website), and is not subject to review pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) (ECL Article 8) and 6 NYCRR Part 617 (link leaves DEC's website). A comprehensive environmental review is being conducted pursuant to PSL Article X.

Tentative DEC Staff Position: DEC staff has reviewed the PSD application and determined it is complete pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 621 (link leaves DEC's website). Staff has determined that all statutory and regulatory criteria can be met through the imposition of special conditions. A draft PSD determination and conditions are being made available for comment.

The emissions limits and special permit conditions imposed on the NYPA Combined Cycle Project construction and operations reflect those proposed and analyzed by NYPA in its PSD application (Appendix 5B, revised January, 2001). A draft PSD determination is available for review.

Public Comments/Appeal Procedure: DEC invites public comment regarding this tentative determination. DEC's final determination will be made only after full consideration of all public comment received. Comments are to be limited to PSD concerns and must be in writing, and must be accompanied with adequate supporting information. The PSD aspects, as noted above, address the proposed emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), carbon monoxide (CO), particulate matter (PM and PM-10), and sulfuric acid mist (H2SO4). The public comment period will run from the date of publication of this public notice until June 4, 2001. The final determination may be appealed administratively within 30 days of NYPA's receipt of the final PSD permit determination. Only those persons who file comments on this PSD preliminary determination may petition the EPA Environmental Appeals Board for administrative review of the PSD determination. Persons who fail to file comments may petition for review only to the extent of any changes from the draft to the final permit decision regarding PSD issues. If no comments are received and DEC makes no changes to the PSD determination from the draft to the final decision, no opportunity for further review or appeal will be available.

The procedures for administrative review are defined in the Consolidated Permit Regulations at 40 CFR Part 124. Any such petition for review shall include a statement of the reasons supporting that review and shall adhere to the standards outlined in 40 CFR §§ 124.19(a)(1) and (2).

Upon completion of the administrative review process (if applicable), the final decision will become the final agency action and will be published in the Federal Register. Those who appealed for administrative review may petition for judicial review within 60 days following the final EPA decision.

Document Availability: All filed application materials and the preliminary PSD determination are available for public inspection at the following DEC offices between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday:

(1) NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Permits, 50 Wolf Road, Room 538, Albany, New York 12233-1750. Contact: Orest Lewinter, Project Manager at (518) 457-7718;

(2) DEC Region 2 Headquarters, Division of Environmental Permits, One Hunters Point Plaza, 47-40 21st St., Long Island City, NY 11101-5401. Contact: [Elizabeth Clarke] at (718) 482-4079.

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