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Astoria Gas Turbine Power Replacement Project

Virtual public comment hearing sessions to receive unsworn statements from the public on the applications and the draft permits will be held on August 24, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and; on August 26, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Any person wishing to provide a public statement must register in advance of the hearing no later than 10:00 a.m. August 23, 2021. Any person who wishes only to observe the webinar online must also register. Any person may listen to the hearing by phone without pre-registration. See below for additional details on each of these hearings.

Applicant

Astoria Gas Turbine Power LLC
31-01 20th Ave
Astoria, NY 11105

Facility

Astoria Gas Turbine Power Replacement Project
31-01 20th Ave
Astoria, NY 11105

DEC Application ID Nos.:

Article 19 Air Title V Facility (2-6301-00191/00003)
Article 19 Title IV (Phase II Acid Rain) (2-6301-00191/00024)
Article 17 Titles 7 & 8 Industrial SPDES - Surface Discharge - (2-6301-00191/00014)
Article 15 Title 15 Water Withdrawal (2-6301-00191/00026)

Project Description

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), as lead agency, has determined that the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS), and applications for draft Title IV and Title V air permits, draft Industrial SPDES permit modification and water withdrawal for the proposed Astoria Replacement Project ("Replacement Project") (Leaves DEC's site), are complete for the purposes of public review and comment.

The existing Facility currently consists of 31 older, peaking-only gas and oil-fired CTs including 24 Pratt & Whitney ("P&W") turbines and seven retired Westinghouse turbines, with a combined nameplate rating of 646 MWe (502 MWe not including the retired Westinghouse turbines). The proposed Replacement Project, as modified, will replace the nearly 50-year-old P&W and Westinghouse turbines at the Facility with a new state-of-the art simple cycle dual-fuel peaking CTG. The proposed Replacement Project will include a new CTG which will be a highly efficient, quick start, fast-ramping, General Electric ("GE") H-Class 7HA.03 or equivalent unit that has a nominal generator output of approximately 437 MWe. The new CTG will fire natural gas as the primary fuel with limited ultra-low sulfur distillate ("ULSD") liquid fuel for backup. The proposed Replacement Project will also include a ULSD-fired emergency generator, and two ULSD-fired emergency fire water pumps.

All of the existing units, with the exception of one P&W Twin Pac (consisting of two combustion turbines and a single generator), will be permanently shut down once the proposed Replacement Project has completed its shakedown period. The two remaining P&W turbines will remain operational to make the site black-start capable until replaced by an approximately 24 MWe battery energy storage system. The P&W Twin Pac uses natural gas as its primary fuel with ultra-low sulfur kerosene ("ULSK") as backup. Make up water will be sourced from existing connections to the New York City water supply. No water will be withdrawn from the East River. Construction will require dewatering of the project site. The dewatering will involve the withdrawal of approximately 0.7 MGD of groundwater. The groundwater will be treated and ultimately discharged via existing outfall 001.

For additional project information and details on providing comments, see the Amended Notice of Legislative Public Comment Hearing and Extension of Comment Period dated August 11, 2021. That amended Notice serves to provide the public with updated notification about the public comment hearings scheduled for August 24 and 26, 2021 as described below. The public comment period is also extended until September 13, 2021.

Virtual Legislative Public Comment Hearings

Only virtual legislative public comment hearings will be held given the COVID-19 status. The in-person sessions scheduled for August 26, 2021 have been converted to virtual legislative public comment hearings.

Virtual legislative public comment hearings pursuant to 6 NYCRR part 621 to hear and receive unsworn comments from the public will be held on August 24, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., and on August 26, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. All hearing sessions will be conducted electronically through the Webex Events electronic webinar platform.

Instructions for Attending the Virtual Legislative Public Comment Hearings

August 24, 2021 Virtual Legislative Public Comment Hearing

To join the 1:00 p.m. virtual public comment hearing through the internet, visit www.webex.com and click "Join a meeting."

Event Number: 179 855 3194
Password: Aug24-1PM

To join the 1:00 p.m. hearing by phone only:

Dial: 1-518-549-0500
Access Code: 179 855 3194

To join the 6:00 p.m. virtual public comment hearing through the internet, visit www.webex.com and click "Join a meeting."

Event Number: 179 366 5930
Password: Aug24-6PM

To join the 6:00 p.m. hearing by phone only:

Dial: 1-518-549-0500
Access Code: 179 366 5930

August 26, 2021 Virtual Legislative Public Comment Hearing

To join the 1:00 p.m. virtual public comment hearing through the internet, visit www.webex.com and click "Join a meeting."

Event Number: 179 230 7019
Password: Aug26-1PM

To join the 1:00 p.m. hearing by phone only:

Dial: 1-518-549-0500
Access Code: 179 230 7019

To join the 6:00 p.m. virtual public comment hearing through the internet, visit www.webex.com and click "Join a meeting."

Event Number: 179 945 4449
Password: Aug26-6PM

To join the 6:00 p.m. hearing by phone only:

Dial: 1-518-549-0500
Access Code: 179 945 4449

Persons wishing to comment on Astoria Gas Turbine Power LLC's application and the draft permits will have the opportunity to make a statement at the public comment hearing webinar. Any person wishing to provide a public statement must register in advance of the hearing no later than 10:00 a.m. August 23, 2021. Any person who wishes only to observe the webinar online must also register. Any person may listen to the hearing by phone without pre-registration.

To register electronically: Persons who will login to the hearings electronically must register. To register, visit https://www.webex.com, click "Join a meeting," input the event number listed above, click "Register," and fill in the requested information. You will be asked whether you wish to make a public statement or not. After registration is complete, you will receive a confirmation by email with information about how to join the hearing. We request that speakers only register for one hearing session.

On the appropriate date and time of the hearings, participants should visit https://www.webex.com, click "Join a meeting" at the top right-hand corner of the screen, and input the appropriate event number for the hearing. Participants will be asked to "select audio system." It is recommended that participants choose to have the system "call me" or "call using computer." The "call me" option will require participants to enter their phone numbers.

To register by telephone: Any person who is not able to login electronically may participate by telephone. Call-in participants must register to speak in advance by calling the Department at 518-402-9003 no later than 10:00 a.m. on August 23, 2021. Please provide your first and last name, address, email address if any, and telephone number and reference the Astoria Gas Turbine Power Replacement Project public comment hearing. We request that speakers only register for one hearing session.

On the day and time of the hearings, use the phone access phone number, (518) 549-0500, and the appropriate access code listed above to join the hearings.

All participants will be muted upon entry into the hearings. The ALJ will call each person who has requested to provide a statement to speak. Speakers will be called in the order they registered, with elected official being called first. The ALJ will continue the hearings until everyone wishing to speak has been heard or other reasonable arrangements have been made to include their comments in the record. The ALJ may limit the time available for oral comments to three (3) minutes per person, as necessary to afford all participants an opportunity to be heard. We also recommend that lengthy comments be summarized for oral presentation and submitted in writing as provided above. The hearing will be stenographically recorded for inclusion in the record.

The in-person public comment hearing sessions scheduled for August 26, 2021 have been converted to virtual public comment hearing sessions. See the instructions provided above. No in-person hearings will be held due to the status of COVID-19.

Extension of the Comment Period

In addition to the above referenced change to the hearings, the public comment period has been extended for 15 days and therefore, all written comments regarding the permit applications, proposed draft permits, fact sheets and SDEIS must be postmarked by September 13, 2021 and submitted to the comment.nrgastoriagas@dec.ny.gov.


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