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APPLICANT: New York Power Authority (NYPA), 123 Main Street, White Plains, New York 10601

APPLICATION No. 2-6402-00295/00003

PROJECT LOCATION: Pouch Terminal, Lynhurst Ave. and Edgewater, Staten Island, NY

FACILITY: NYPA operates a gas turbine facility producing 44 megawatts of power at the above location. The facility consists of a General Electric LM6000 gas turbine which utilizes a selective catalytic reduction unit to minimize emissions of oxides of nitrogen. The gas turbine operates as a simple cycle unit, employing a spray inter-cooling system to optimize power output. Other on-site equipment includes gas and air compressors, a cooling tower lube oil cooling system, water treatment and storage system, ammonia storage and injection system, raw water storage, and auxiliary electrical systems. There is a facility stack approximately 107 feet tall.

REGULATORY HISTORY: In February 2001 the Department issued NYPA a State Facility air pollution control permit allowing the construction and initial operation of the subject facility. The Department subsequently issued NYPA a permit pursuant to Title IV (Acid Rain) of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (CAA). Pursuant to Sections 201-6.1(a)(4) and 201-6.3(a)(2) of Title 6 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (6 NYCRR), NYPA is required to apply to DEC for a federal operating permit under Title V of the CAA within one year of commencing commercial operation of the facility, which began in August 2001. This notice announces issuance of the draft Title V permit for public comment.

PERMITS: In accordance with 6 NYCRR Section 201-6.1(b)(1), NYPA filed an application for a Title V operating permit for this facility on July 17, 2002. As required by a January 22, 2003 consent order between the Department and NYPA, NYPA amended its Title V application on March 3, 2003 to request the addition of new emissions limits applicable during start-up and shut-down of the units. The Department has reviewed the amended application and has determined that the application is technically complete and meets all air pollution control requirements of Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) Article 19 and 6 NYCRR Part 201, and has prepared a draft permit for public review and comment. The draft permit seeks to assure the facility's conformance with requirements of 6 NYCRR Parts 201, 225, 227, 231, and 257, and all other applicable State air pollution regulations and all Federal requirements for enforceable permit conditions. It is the position of the DEC Staff that the draft permit imposes the strictest possible emissions limits on the facility's operations in start-up and shut-down modes. The requirements are consistent with those being imposed on similar facilities across the State. 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.

SEQRA: Pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA; ECL Article 8 and 6 NYCRR Part 617), NYPA as lead agency has prepared a final environmental impact statement that addresses the facility. As lead agency, NYPA has determined that no further environmental reviews are required under SEQRA for the Title V permit application and issuance of the Title V operating permit.

PUBLIC HEARING: A legislative hearing for receipt of public comments on the application will be held at 7:00PM on September 16, 2003 at PUBLIC SCHOOL 13, 191 VERMONT AVENUE, STATEN ISLAND, NEW YORK 10305 [Tel: (718) 447-1462]. All persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies who may be affected by issuance of the permit 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 may limit the time for oral comments to ensure that all have an opportunity to be heard. The hearing location is reasonably accessible to the mobility impaired.

DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY: Persons wishing to inspect the application, draft permit and relevant documents should contact the representative listed below for review during regular business hours. An appointment may be necessary and is recommended to assure file documents are available. The documents may be reviewed at the following locations:

1. Community Board #1, One Edgewater Plaza (Room 217), Staten Island, New York 10305. ATT'N: Joe Caroll, District Manager, Tel: (718) 981-6900.

2. Office of the Staten Island Borough President, 120 Borough Hall, Staten Island, New York 10301. Tel: (718) 816-2030.

3. NYSDEC Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7235. ATT'N: John J. Ferguson, Tel: (518) 402-9177.

WRITTEN COMMENTS: Written comments must be sent to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation representative, John J. Ferguson, and must be received no later than September 26, 2003.

STATUTORY and REGULATORY PROVISIONS: The air permit application is being reviewed pursuant to ECL Articles 19 (Air Pollution Control) and 70 (Uniform Procedures); and 6NYCRR Parts 201 (General Provisions - Air Pollution Control), 617 (SEQRA) and 621 (Uniform Procedures).

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