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ENB - Region 2 Notices 9/14/2011

Public Notice

Notice of Extension of Comment Period

Astoria Generating Company LP
18-01 20th Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11105-4271

Application Numbers:
DEC # 2-6301-00185/00009 - Air Title V
DEC # 2-6301-00185/00017 - Air Title IV

Project Description: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), as Lead Agency for State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR), has determined that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS), draft Title IV and Title V air permits for the Luyster Creek Energy Project (Project), are complete for the purposes of public review and comment. NYS DEC has prepared draft permits and has made a tentative determination to approve the application of Astoria Generating Company, L.P, (Applicant).

The action involves two distinct components: the installation of an approximately 410 megawatt (MW) new combined cycle combustion turbine unit, and an emissions reduction strategy for the existing Astoria Generating Station (AGS). The new combustion turbine will be designed to start up and shutdown quickly, will utilize dry cooling, and have a stack height of approximately 180 feet. The project will be built on approximately 7.5 acres of the existing Fuel Oil Tank Farm (FOTF) parcel at the Astoria Generating Station (AGS) within an area zoned for heavy manufacturing (industrial) use (M3-1). The new combustion turbine will be a Siemens H Series that is dual fuel-capable and burn natural gas as a primary fuel with ultra low sulfur diesel as backup fuel to be used for up to approximately 30 days annually. The use of ultra low sulfur diesel as backup fuel will require the addition of a new oil storage tank. Fuel delivery is currently via barge, and the Luyster Creek Energy Project will be electrically interconnecting into the grid via existing connections from the current units at AGS. The combustion turbine will operate in combined cycle mode and utilize an 84.7 mmBtu/hr gas only fired duct burner for supplemental firing. The project will also include the addition of a 30 mmBtu/hr heat input natural gas fired only auxiliary boiler.

The project will not significantly increase emissions from the facility. The facility will create future emission reduction credits (ERCs) which will be used as offsets to net the facility's emissions of all criteria contaminants below the significant increase thresholds. The ERCs used for netting will be generated by the shutdown of boiler 20 and the curtailment of operations of boilers 40 and 50 through federally enforceable permit limits. The total proposed ERCs in tons per year (tpy) to be created are: 81.1 NOx, 44.17 PM, 44.17 PM-10, 44.17 PM-2.5, and 2.23 VOC. Along with these ERCs the new project will cap to the following emission levels in tpy: 105.6 NOx, 54.07 PM, 54.07 PM-10, 54.07 PM-2.5, 26.23 VOC.

The facility is located along the East River, approximately 2,400 feet northeast of the Astoria Generating station at 18-01 20th Avenue in Astoria, Borough of Queens, New York, within the larger 600 + acre Astoria ConEd Complex.

In accordance with 6NYCRR Parts 621.7(b)(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.

Persons wishing to inspect the subject Title V files, including the application with all relevant supporting materials, the draft permit, and all other materials available to the DEC (the "permitting authority") that are relevant to this permitting decision should contact the NYS DEC representative listed below. The Draft Permit and Permit Review Report may be viewed and printed from the Department web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/32249.html.

Document Availability:
The DEIS, Title IV and V applications, the draft permit, and all relevant supporting materials are available for inspection at NYS DEC by contacting the NYS DEC representative listed below, or by downloading or reviewing the documents at the following locations:

Available on-line at any time:

NYS DEC website: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/66991.html
Luyster Creek Energy Project website: http://www.uspowergen.com/projects/luyster-creek/

Available during normal business hours:

NYS DEC Central Office - Division of Environmental Permits
625 Broadway, 4th Floor
Albany, New York 12233-1750

NYS DEC Region 2 Office - Division of Environmental Permits
47-40 21st Street
Long Island City, New York 11101

Queens Community Board 1
45-02 Ditmars Boulevard
LL Suite 125
Astoria, New York 11105

Queens Borough Public Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11432

Queens Borough Branch Public Library Astoria Branch
14-10 Astoria Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11102

All persons, organizations, corporations, or government agencies that may be affected by the Project are invited to submit written comments on the DEIS and draft permits. Parties may file written comments to the NYS DEC representative listed below. All written comments must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

Contact: Stephen M. Tomasik, NYS DEC - Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, 4th Floor, Albany, NY 12233-1750, Phone: (518) 402-9167, Fax: (518) 402-9168, E-mail: deppermitting@dec.ny.gov.

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