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ENB Region 2 Completed Applications 07/01/2015

New York County

Applicant:

Trustees of Columbia University in City of New York
535 W 116th St
New York, NY 10027

Facility:

Columbia University - 410 W 118th St
410 W 118th St
New York, NY 10027

Application ID:

2-6202-00167/00005

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 19 Air Title V Facility

Project is Located:

Manhattan, New York County

Project Description:

The Department has prepared a draft permit and has made a tentative determination to issue an Air Title V Renewal for an existing educational facility. The Columbia University Morningside Heights campus (facility) covers an area of about 4.5 million sq.ft. (approx. 70 buildings) in the Upper West side of Manhattan. There is no change in process or equipment from the previous permit. The facility currently operates a central heating plant that has four mid-size boilers each with a maximum heat input capacity of 99.5 MMBtu/hr. The boilers fire natural gas and No. 2 fuel oil. Exhaust emissions are vented via a common stack.

The facility is permitted for a 15 MW cogeneration system: a Titan 130 gas-firing turbine (161.33 MMBtu/hr) and Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG, non-firing boiler) connected to the existing common stack. Boiler #4 (existing) will be removed prior to installation of the cogeneration system. In addition, the remaining three boilers will be retrofitted with new low NOx burners. The cogeneration system is intended to operate most of the time while the boilers (3) will supplement the steam demand. During downtime of the cogeneration system, the boilers may be operated to capacity in order meet the University's steam demand. The Titan 13 turbine 0 is designed to meet the 40 CFR 60, Subpart KKKK, NSPS regulations and NYSDEC's NOx RACT regulations. The boilers will also meet the new NOx RACT regulations.

The cogeneration system and existing baseline NOx emissions of 67 tons, the incremental emissions due to the addition of cogeneration system does not trigger New Source Review (NSR) or Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) thresholds (SNEIT, Significant Net Emissions Increment Threshold). This allows for a plant-wide NOx emissions limit of 92 tpy. The increase in GHG gases is well under the threshold of 75,000 tpy. Thus, not triggering the PSD requirements of GHG Tailoring Rule. The NOx emission limit for the boilers on both oil and gas firing scenario is 0.2 lbs/MMBtu. Stack emission tested values (factors) for the boilers and turbine will be used for annual NOx emission calculations. The annual NOx emission limit will be a maximum of 92 tons.

In accordance with 6NYCRR Parts 621.7(b)(9) and 201-6.3(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 application type is exempt and/or the project involves the continuation of an existing operational activity.

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 Jul 31, 2015.

Contact:

Erin L Shirkey
NYSDEC Region 2 Headquarters
47-40 21st St
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718)482-4997
DEP.R2@dec.ny.gov


Applicant:

New York University
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012 -1019

Facility:

NYU Central Plant
251 Mercer St
New York, NY 10012

Application ID:

2-6205-00246/00005

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 19 Air Title V Facility

Project is Located:

Manhattan, New York County

Project Description:

The Department has prepared a draft permit and has made a tentative determination to issue an Air Title V Renewal for an existing educational facility cogeneration power plant. There are no emission increases or changes to any capped emission limitations from the existing permit. There are no criteria or regulated pollutant emission increases.

The NYU Central Power Plant produces hot water, steam and electricity using three identical 65 MM BTU/hr natural gas boilers with back-up of-#6 fuel oil. Potential to emit (PTE) for the boilers is based on the heat content equivalent of 9 mos of natural gas and 3 mos of #6 fuel oil, with a self-imposed (federally enforceable) cap of emissions equivalent to 2 boilers, 40.4 tons of NOx per annual maximum rolled monthly.

Seven 850 KW reciprocating diesel engine generators participate in the Special Case Resources (SCR) of the NY Independent System Operator (NYISO) or any other demand response program. The seven generators operate under a NOx RACT Compliance and Operating Plan pursuant to 6 NYCRR 227. NYU Central Plant has submitted and was granted a NOx RACT variance for the seven generators to continue operating and to comply with the 9.0 grams per brake horsepower-hr, and limit their operations to no more than 2,000 hrs/7 engines/year. This plan for a reduced rate of NOx emissions for the engines according to 6 NYCRR 227-2.4(f), presents a technical and economic evaluation of engine and fuel technologies.

Two 5.5 MW combustion turbines (60.5 MM Btu/hr) operate on natural gas and # 2 fuel oil with two natural gas 70 MM BTU/hr duct burners are used for electricity generation, heat exchange and heating of water (11MW total energy output). The combined turbines have a NOx PTE of 56.93 tpy. The two duct burners maximum possible emissions are equivalent to the PTE based on 8,760 hrs/yr. The maximum possible NOx emissions for the combined HRSG/duct burners operating only on natural gas is 47.30 tpy. The duct burners do not have a specific regulated 'cap', but the two combined combustion turbine/HRSG-duct burner pairs have a capped NOx PTE of 104.23 tpy. The facility uses low sulfur content oil (15 ppm) for its turbines and in compliance with 6 NYCRR 225-1.2 (f).

The existing continuous opacity monitoring system (COMS) unit will also voluntarily remain on the stack of Emission Point 00001, since the total heat input for the combustion sources (excluding gas turbines is <250 MM Btu/hr threshold) and COMS is not required by opacity regulation 6 NYCRR 227-1.3(a). Similarly, for the same criterion, the existing COMS on Emission Point 00002 for monitoring the diesel process (Process 003) opacity from the seven engines in Emission Unit 2-0000 also remains voluntary at the facility.

In accordance with 6NYCRR Parts 621.7(b)(9) and 201-6.3(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 application type is exempt and/or the project involves the continuation of an existing operational activity.

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 Jul 31, 2015.

Contact:

Erin L Shirkey
NYSDEC Region 2 Headquarters
47-40 21st St
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718)482-4997
DEP.R2@dec.ny.gov


Queens County

Applicant:

NYC Dept of Environmental Protection
96-05 Horace Harding Expwy 5th Fl
Corona, NY 11368

Facility:

Bowery Bay Wastwater Treatment Plant
43-10 Berrian Blvd
Astoria, NY 11105

Application ID:

2-6301-00008/02003

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 19 Air State Facility

Project is Located:

Queens, Queens County

Project Description:

The Department has prepared a draft permit and has made a tentative determination to issue an Air State Facility Renewal 1 for an existing City of New York Department of Environmental Projection (NYCDEP) municipal wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) capable of providing secondary treatment to 225 MGD of primarily residential wastewater in Northwestern Queens. The WWTP operates combustion installations, three methane-abatement systems, three wet scrubbers for the Dewatering Building odor-control system, and two dual-system units with two wet scrubbers and carbon adsorption for the centrate odor-control system. This renewal updates and modifies the exiting permit's operation and equipment descriptions and testing requirements as follows: 1) Emission Unit 1-BOILR is updated with the option to burn digester gas in four new main building Cleaver-Brooks CB 200-750 boilers; 2) Emission Unit 2-GENER replaces two rental generators with two DEP-owned Caterpillar 3516C 2000KW engine generators; 3) Emission Unit 5-WGTRE replaces two old open flares with two Varec open flame flares, one 10in. and one 6in. The 10in. flare is used for burning excessive digester gas, and the 6in. flare is standby; 4) Removes the flare NOx stack test requirement: the upgrade construction has introduced digester gas to the boilers room and has enabled burning digester gas at the boilers, as a result, the need to flare all of the digester gas will be eliminated, flaring of the digester gas will only be necessary if there is excessive digester gas; 5) Removes the proposed new residual handling building construction in Emission Unit 3-WWTRE; and 6) Corrects descriptions of Emission Units 4-SLUDG and 6-GASST.

Facility emissions are capped at 24.9 tpy for NOx and VOCs. The facility HAP emissions are capped at 24.9 tpy (9.9 tpy for any individual HAP). The facility GHGs (CO2e) emissions are capped at 99,000 tpy. Records demonstrating compliance with these caps will be kept in accordance with the permit special conditions. The facility is subject to the provisions of State Facility specified under 6NYCRR Part 201-7. The Air State Facility permit contains a listing of the applicable federal, state, and compliance monitoring requirements for the facility.

The application, draft permit, relevant supporting materials and regulations are available for review during normal business hours at the DEC office provided in this notice. Comments of support or objection may be made by filing a written statement by the deadline date indicated. DEC may schedule a public hearing based upon an evaluation of the nature and scope of any written objections raised. Hearing notices will contain instructions on filing for party status and submitting comments.

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 application type is exempt and/or the project involves the continuation of an existing operational activity.

Coastal Management:

This project is located in a Coastal Management area and is 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 Jul 31, 2015.

Contact:

Erin L Shirkey
NYSDEC Region 2 Headquarters
47-40 21st St
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718)482-4997
DEP.R2@dec.ny.gov


Richmond County

Applicant:

Consolidated Edison Company of New York Inc
4 Irving Pl
New York, NY 10003 -3502

Facility:

Con Ed - Freshkills Central S/S
4325 Victory Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10314

Application ID:

2-6403-00100/00035

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands

Project is Located:

Staten Island, Richmond County

Project Description:

The applicant proposes to install approximately 2,700 linear feet of steel sheet pile as a perimeter wall. Approximately 835 linear feet of this will be installed within the adjacent area of NYSDEC regulated Class 1 Freshwater Wetland AR-47 (Con Ed). The project is located at 4325 Victory Blvd, Staten Island.

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 an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was not performed.

SEQR Lead Agency: None Designated

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

Cultural resource lists and maps have been checked. The proposed activity is not in an area of identified archaeological sensitivity and no known registered, eligible or inventoried archaeological sites or historic structures were identified or documented for the project location. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.

Coastal Management:

This project is located in a Coastal Management area and is 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 Jul 16, 2015.

Contact:

Tamara A Greco
NYSDEC Region 2 Headquarters
47-40 21st St
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718)482-4997
DEP.R2@dec.ny.gov


Applicant:

NYC Dept of Parks & Recreation
830 5th Ave
New York, NY 10021 -7001

Facility:

NYC Parks - Conference House Park
Saterlee Street, Billop Avenue & Raritan Bay
Staten Island, NY 10307

Application ID:

2-6405-00047/00029

Permit(s) Applied for:

Article 24 Freshwater Wetlands
Article 25 Tidal Wetlands

Project is Located:

Staten Island, Richmond County

Project Description:

The applicant proposes to perform forest restoration in Swinnerton Complex section of park. Invasive species and debris will be removed and native trees and shrubs will be planted following removal.

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 an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file. A coordinated review was performed.

SEQR Lead Agency: NYC Dept of Parks & Recreation

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination:

Cultural resource lists and maps have been checked. The proposed activity is not in an area of identified archaeological sensitivity and no known registered, eligible or inventoried archaeological sites or historic structures were identified or documented for the project location. No further review in accordance with SHPA is required.

Coastal Management:

This project is located in a Coastal Management area and is 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 Jul 16, 2015.

Contact:

Steve A Watts
NYSDEC Region 2 Headquarters
47-40 21st St
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718)482-4997
DEP.R2@dec.ny.gov


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