Covanta Onondaga LP
October 28, 2009
NEW YORK STATE
DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
NOTICE OF LEGISLATIVE PUBLIC HEARING
NOTICE OF QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION
APPLICANTS: COVANTA ONONDAGA LP
5801 ROCK CUT RD
JAMESVILLE, NY 13078-9408
ONONDAGA COUNTY RESOURCE RECOVERY AGENCY
100 ELWOOD DAVIS RD
NORTH SYRACUSE, NY 13212-4312
APPLICATION No. 7-3142-00028/00009
FACILITY AND PROJECT LOCATION:
ONONDAGA COUNTY RESOURCE RECOVERY FACILITY
5801 Rock Cut Road
Jamesville, New York
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Applicants Covanta Onondaga LP and Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency have applied for a renewal of the Air Pollution Control Title V Permit to operate a 990 ton per day nominally sized waste-to-energy facility. The Onondaga County Resource Recovery Facility (OCRRF) consists of three independent mass burn combustors with waterwall boilers, each with a design capacity of 330 tons per day (reference waste of 6000 btu/lb). Heat energy generated in the combustion process is utilized to produce electricity in a 39.5 megawatt turbine generator. This electricity provides power to the OCRRF and the excess is sold to a power reseller or broker.
PERMITS: Applicants have applied for renewal of the Title V Air Permit pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law Article 19 (Air Pollution Control) and 6 NYCRR Part 201 (Permits and Registrations).
SEQR STATUS: Pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQR, ECL Article 8 and 6 NYCRR Part 617), the DEC has determined that the proposed action is a Type II action pursuant to 6 NYCRR 617.5(c)(26), and is not subject to further review or procedures under SEQR.
DEC STAFF POSITION AND DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY: After review of the application and supporting documentation, DEC staff has prepared a draft permit and has made a tentative determination to issue a renewed Air Title V Permit for the operation of a 990 ton per day nominally sized waste-to-energy facility. The OCRRF consists of three independent mass burn combustors with waterwall boilers, each with a design capacity of 330 tons per day (reference waste of 6000 btu/lb). Refuse is delivered to the OCRRF in standard packer trucks and transfer vehicles for combustion. Refuse is reduced approximately 90% by volume in the combustion process. Heat energy generated in the combustion process is utilized to produce electricity in a 39.5 megawatt turbine generator. This electricity provides power to the OCRRF and the excess is sold to a power reseller or broker. Auxiliary burners firing natural gas are used during periods of startup, shutdown and at other times when the minimum combustion zone temperatures would not otherwise be met. Air pollution control includes dry scrubbers for acid gas control, fabric filters for particulate removal, a selective non-catalytic reduction (SNCR) system for NOx control and a carbon injection system for mercury control. The draft renewed Air Title V Permit incorporates revisions to emission limits, operating practices and performance testing and monitoring requirements associated with changes made to 40 CFR Part 60 Subpart Cb on May 10, 2006. However, the current permit limits for cadmium, lead, mercury, and particulate matter are more stringent than those contained in the Federal rule and remain in effect. Other major revisions of the Federal rule including changes to operator stand-in provisions and continuous emissions monitoring data availability have been incorporated into the permit. The Federal emission limits were revised based on year 2000 to 2005 test data from more than a dozen municipal waste combustor units. In accordance with 6 NYCRR 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 6 NYCRR Part 201. The current Air Title V Permit is available online at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/dardata/boss/afs/permits/731420002800009.pdf (384 Kb)
The Draft Air Title V Permit is available online at: www.dec.ny.gov/permits/54579.html
All filed application documents, including copies of the existing Title V permit and the draft permit, are available for inspection during normal business hours at:
(1) NYS DEC Region 7 Office, 615 Erie Blvd West, Syracuse, New York 13204, Contact: Environmental Permits, attn: Joanne March, (315) 426-7403;
(2) Onondaga Town Hall, 5020 Ball Road, Syracuse, NY 13215, 315-469-1583;
(3) DeWitt Town Hall, 5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse, NY 13057-8509, 315-446-3910;
(4) Onondaga Free Library, 4840 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215, 315-492-1727;
(5) Betts Branch Library, 4862 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13205, 315-435-1940.
QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION: Department staff will hold a question and answer session for the public regarding the permit application on November 23, 2009. There will be two sessions: 1:00-3:00 p.m. and 5:00-7:00 p.m. at DeWitt Town Hall, located at 5400 Butternut Dr., East Syracuse, New York 13057-8509. The purpose of the sessions is to allow the public to ask Department staff questions specific to the permit application and the facility prior to the public comment hearing on November 30, 2009.
LEGISLATIVE PUBLIC HEARING: A legislative hearing for the receipt of public comments on the application will be held on November 30, 2009. There will be two sessions, the first session beginning at 4:00 p.m. and the second beginning at 7:00 p.m. on November 30, 2009 at the following location:
New York State Fairgrounds
Bistro Room in the Arts and Home Center
581 Fairgrounds Boulevard
Syracuse, New York 13209
ALL PERSONS, ORGANIZATIONS, CORPORATIONS, OR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WHO MAY BE AFFECTED BY THE PROPOSED TITLE V PERMIT RENEWAL 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 (ALJ) MAY LIMIT THE TIME AVAILABLE FOR ORAL COMMENTS TO 5 MINUTES PER PERSON TO ENSURE THAT ALL PERSONS HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD. THE HEARING FACILITY IS REASONABLY ACCESSIBLE TO THE MOBILITY IMPAIRED.
Translator services shall be made available, at no charge, upon written request to the ALJ at least 10 days prior to the hearing. All requests must be made to the NYSDEC Office of Hearings and Mediation Services, ALJ Molly T. McBride, 625 Broadway, First Floor, Albany, New York, 12233-1550. (518) 402-9003. The request must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on November 16, 2009. Interpreter services shall be made available to deaf persons, at no charge, upon written request to the ALJ at the address listed above at least 10 days prior to the hearing.
WRITTEN PUBLIC COMMENTS: All interested parties may submit written comments at the hearing or by mail no later than November 30, 2009 to Joanne March, NYS DEC, Region 7 office, 615 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse, New York 13204.
October 28, 2009
Albany, New York