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Public Notice: Palmdale Energy Project - Public Hearing and Request for Public Comment on Proposed PSD Permit

Publish Date: 08/17/2017


PSD Permit No. SE 17-01

EPA provides notice of, and requests public comment on, EPA’s proposed action relating to a Clean Air Act (CAA) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit application (Application) for the construction of a natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant known as the Palmdale Energy Project (hereinafter, the Project). EPA is proposing to issue a PSD permit that would grant conditional approval, in accordance with the PSD regulations (40 CFR 52.21), to Palmdale Energy, LLC (Applicant) for the Project. The permit would authorize the Applicant to construct and operate the Project, which includes two natural gas-fired combustion turbines, an auxiliary boiler, two emergency engines, and circuit breakers. The address for the Applicant is 801 2nd Avenue, Suite 1150, Seattle, WA 98104. The proposed location for the Project is at 950 East Avenue M, Palmdale, California 93440.

The proposed PSD permit for the Project would require the use of Best Available Control Technology (BACT) to limit emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX), carbon monoxide (CO), total particulate matter (PM), particulate matter less than or equal to 10 micrometers (µm) in diameter (PM10), particulate matter less than or equal to 2.5 µm in diameter (PM2.5), and greenhouse gases (GHG), to the greatest extent feasible. EPA has determined that air pollution emissions from the Project would not cause or contribute to violations of any National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) or PSD increment.

Public Hearing

EPA will hold a public hearing, pursuant to 40 CFR 124.12, to provide the public with further opportunity to comment on the proposed PSD permit for the Project. At the public hearing, any interested person may provide written comments or oral comments, in English or Spanish, and relevant data pertaining to our proposed PSD permit. Reasonable limits may be set upon the time allowed for oral statements at the hearing. EPA will also make a transcript of the public hearing proceedings available to the public.

The date, time, and location of the public hearing is as follows:

Date: September 21, 2017
Time:  7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Sgt. Steven Owen Memorial Park
Stanley Kleiner Activity Center
43011 10th Street W
Lancaster, CA

Simultaneous English-Spanish translation services will be provided at the public hearing. If you require a reasonable accommodation, please contact Philip Kum (kum.philip@epa.gov), EPA Region 9 Reasonable Accommodations Coordinator, by September 7, 2017 at (415) 947-3566.

Administrative Record

All data submitted by the Applicant as part of the Application is available as part of the administrative record for this proposed permit. The administrative record, including the proposed PSD permit, our analysis (a Fact Sheet, per 40 CFR 124.8), the Application, and other supporting information are available through EPA Region 9 website at: Palmdale Energy Project: Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permit Application.

EPA’s proposed PSD permit for the Project and our Fact Sheet are also available for review at the following locations:
  1. Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District, 43301 Division Street, Suite 206, Lancaster, CA 93535, (661) 723-8070
  2. Palmdale City Library, 700 East Palmdale Boulevard, Palmdale, CA 93550-4742, (661) 267-5600
  3. Lancaster Regional Library, 601 W. Lancaster Boulevard, Lancaster, CA 93534-3398,(661) 948-5029; and
  4. Quartz Hill Library, 42018 N. 50th Street West, Quartz Hill, CA 93536-3590, (661) 943-2454.

Final Action on the Application

Before taking final action on the Application, EPA will consider all comments submitted in writing during the public comment period, and written and oral comments submitted at the public hearing described above.

EPA will send notice of our final PSD permit decision for the Project to each person who submitted comments and contact information during the public comment period or requested notice of the final permit decision. EPA will provide written responses to comments in a document accompanying EPA’s final permit decision.

EPA’s final permit decision will become effective 30 days after the service of notice of the decision unless:
  1. A later effective date is specified in the decision; or
  2. The decision is appealed to EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board pursuant to 40 CFR 124.19; or
  3. There are no comments requesting a change to the proposed permit decision, in which case the final decision shall become effective immediately upon issuance.

If you have questions, or if you wish to obtain further information, please contact Lisa Beckham at (415) 972-3811, via email at R9airpermits@epa.gov, or at the mailing address above. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive future information about this proposed permit decision or other permit decisions issued by EPA Region 9, please contact Lisa Beckham at (415) 972-3811 or visit EPA Region 9's website at: Public Notice Distribution List for CAA Permits in the Pacific Southwest.(Region 9). Lisa Beckham can also be reached through EPA Region 9’s toll-free general information line at (866) 372-9378.

***Please bring the foregoing notice to the attention of all persons who would be interested in this matter.***

Applicant or Respondent

Palmdale Energy, LLC
801 2nd Avenue
Suite 1150
Seattle, WA 98104

Docket Number: 

Permit #: PSD Permit No. SE 17-01