ENB - Region 2 Notices 09/22/2010
Notice of Acceptance of Final EIS
Queens County (Queens) - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as lead agency, has accepted a Final Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Astoria Repowering Project. The Final EIS is available on the NYS DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/54633.html.
The action involves the removal of 31 existing Westinghouse and Pratt & Whitney simple cycle combustion turbines, and replacment of them with four combined cycle combustion turbines. The Repowering Project will be conducted in two phases. In Phase I, the seven existing Westinghouse combustion turbines will be removed and replaced with two GE Frame 7FA combined cycle combustion turbines. In Phase II, the existing 24 Pratt & Whitney combustion turbines will be removed and replaced with two GE Frame 7FA combined cycle combustion turbines. The GE Frame 7FA units are primarily gas fired with limited oil backup. The project will replace the current 600 megawatts (MW) of electrical generation capacity with 1040 MW of electrical generation capacity, with no significant net air emission increases (most air pollutant emissions will decrease). Therefore, this project will not be subject to any new source review requirements. Additionally, the Industrial SPDES modification will authorize discharge of 40-80 gallons per minute of reverse osmosis discharge water associated with operation of the facility.
The two Phase I GE Frame 7FA units will be placed at the NRG Astoria site on land currently occupied by the Westinghouse turbines. The two Phase II units will be placed on land now occupied by the Pratt & Whitney turbines. As a result, no change in the size of the total facility (15 acres) is planned and no development of currently undeveloped land is planned for this project. Construction activities will include placement of pilings and clean fill for the combustion turbine buildings and support equipment. Additional clean fill from offsite will be required to standardize the current elevation of the construction area for the new units. The project is located at 31-01 20th Avenue in Long Island City (Astoria), New York, within the larger 600 + acre Astoria ConEd Complex.
Contact: Stephen Tomasik, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 486-9955.