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ENB Region 9 Completed Applications 12/21/2011

Niagara County

Applicant:

Niagara Generation LLC
5300 Frontier Ave
Niagara Falls, NY 14304

Facility:

Niagara Generating Facility
5300 Frontier Ave
Niagara Falls, NY 14304

Application ID:

9-2911-00152/00025

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 19 Title IV (Phase II Acid Rain)
Article 19 Air Title V Facility

Project is Located:

Niagara Falls, Niagara County


Project Description:

The Department has prepared a draft permit and has made a tentative determination to issue a renewal and minor modification of the existing Title V permit for the Niagara Generating Facility located on Frontier Avenue in Niagara Falls, NY. The facility consists of a 468,000 lb/hr circulating fluidized bed coal fired boiler, a 51,000 kw steam turbine generator, an aqueous ammonia injection system for Selective Non-Catalytic Reduction of nitrogen oxides, and a baghouse to remove particulates prior to discharge from the stack. Limestone is injected into the boiler to control sulfur dioxide emissions. The draft permit includes a renewal of most of the existing permit conditions, updates permit conditions to be consistent with the latest power producer requirements for control, monitoring, and trading of emissions of sulfur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, and greenhouse gases and a minor modification to allow the facility to combust Construction & Demolition (C&D) Debris-Derived Wood Fuel containing up to 30% by weight glued wood in addition to the fuels already permitted for this facility.

The facility is subject to the following regulations: 6 NYCRR Part 201-6 (Title V), 40 CFR 52 Subpart A (Prevention of Significant Deterioration), 40 CFR 72 (Title IV Acid Rain), 6 NYCRR Part 246, Mercury Reduction Program (MRP) for Coal-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units, and 40 CFR 97 (Cross-State Air Pollution Rule). A Title IV Acid Rain Permit has been drafted in accordance with 40 CFR 72 and is available for review as an attachment to the draft Title V permit.

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 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.

DEC will evaluate the application and the comments received on it to determine whether to hold a public hearing. Comments and requests for a public hearing should be in writing and addressed to the Department representative listed below. A copy of the Department's permit hearing procedures is available upon request or on the Department web site at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/6234.html.

Availability of Application Documents:

Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination:

Project is not subject to SEQR because it is a Type II action.

SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The permit type is exempt or the activity is being reviewed in accordance with federal historic preservation regulations.

Coastal Management:

This project is not located in a Coastal Management area and is not subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

Opportunity for Public Comment:

Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than Jan 20, 2012.

Contact:

Lisa Porter
NYSDEC Region 9 Headquarters
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, NY 14203
(716)851-7165
r9dep@gw.dec.state.ny.us


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