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Covanta Niagara LP

Covanta Niagara LP Title V Permit Renewal and Steam Expansion Project

Background and History

Covanta Niagara site location
Covanta Niagara site location

The Covanta Niagara LP facility is a 2,250 ton per day waste-to-energy facility that operates 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Covanta Niagara consists of two independent Deutsche Babcock Anlagen (DBA) furnace/boiler systems, one alternate fuels combustion system, one fossil fuel fired boiler and one fuel oil fired boiler system. The site has all other auxiliary equipment which is associated with a facility of this type including but not limited to: an enclosed tipping hall, ash loadout area, cooling tower, and various storage areas. The high pressure steam which is produced in the boilers at the site is normally put through two extracting/condensing turbines to produce both electricity and extraction (low pressure) steam. The electricity is used to power the facility and the excess electricity is sold into the power grid. The low pressure steam that is produced in the extracting section of the turbine generators is sold to several neighboring facilities. Air pollution control at the facility includes dry scrubbers for acid gas control, fabric filters for particulate removal, a selective non-catalytic reduction system for nitrogen oxide control and a carbon injection system for mercury control.

Current Permit Action

Covanta Niagara LP has applied for the second renewal of the Title V Permit for this facility as well as a permit modification for the installation of one 273 MMBtu/hr natural gas fired boiler system including a new 190 foot smokestack and supporting equipment that will be used to supply low-pressure steam to neighboring industrial facilities. The new boiler will have an emission limit for oxides of nitrogen (NOx) of 0.03 lb/MMBtu on a 24-hour daily heat input- weighted average. This limit ensures compliance with existing and new NOx RACT limits in 6 NYCRR 227-2.4 and maintains NOx emissions from the unit below the applicability threshold of 40 tons/yr of NOx for 6 NYCRR 231 New Source Review. The new boiler will also follow a Best Available Control Technology plan for Greenhouse Gases.

Status of Permit Application Review

A draft Title V permit was prepared and a Notice of Complete Application was issued in late May 2013. The comment deadline was extended until August 5, 2013 as many comments were received. After a thorough review of the comments, a Responsiveness Summary and Proposed Title V Permit were prepared and sent to US EPA for a 45 day EPA review period. After receipt of EPA review, or after the 45 day period ends, DEC will make a final determination based on EPA's review. All those who commented also received the Responsiveness Summary and the proposed permit has been made available for their review at the following locations and online under Digital Files.

Niagara Falls Housing Authority Resources Center
3001 Ninth St.
Niagara Falls, NY

Niagara Falls Public Library
1425 Main Street
Niagara Falls, NY

NYS DEC Region 9 Office
270 Michigan Ave
Buffalo, New York

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