Proposed General Plan Approval and General Operating Permit BAQ-GPA/GP-5: Natural Gas Production Facilities
[26 Pa.B. 4563]
The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) proposes to issue general plan approvals and operating permits for natural gas production and transport facilities (Natural Gas Production Facility General Permit). This general plan approval and operating permit, authorized under section 6.1(f) of the Air Pollution Control Act, will apply to a facility engaged in production and transport of natural gas which may include internal combustion (compressor) engines, gas dehydration units, crude oil and brine storage tanks, vents and other equipment associated with these activities.
The proposed general plan approval and operating permit contains conditions which prescribe applicable performance standards, emission limits, monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting requirements. Newly constructed natural gas production facilities must comply with the best available technology (BAT) requirements of 25 Pa. Code §§ 127.1 and 127.12(a)(5). The Department has determined that, effective August 31, 1996, BAT is the installation of internal combustion engines with control devices such as lean burn technology, catalytic converters or equivalent technology capable of reducing NOx, VOC and CO emissions to the levels prescribed in the Natural Gas Production Facility General Permit.
Prior to operating under the Natural Gas Production Facility General Permit, the owner or operator of the source must notify the Department and receive prior written approval from the Department before commencing to operate the affected facility. Notification of the facility's intent to use the general permit and plan approval must be submitted on a form provided by the Department. Natural gas production facilities operating under this general permit shall comply with the terms and conditions of the general plan approval and general operating permit.
The Natural Gas Production Facility General Permit may not be used by any source that is subject to the requirements of 25 Pa. Code Chapter 127, Subchapter D (relating to prevention of significant deterioration) and 25 Pa. Code Chapter 127, Subchapter E (relating to new source review).
The Natural Gas Production Facility General Permit will be issued for a term of 5 years. The Department proposes to establish application, permit renewal and annual general operating permit administrative fees as follows:
(a) $250 during the 1995-1999 calendar years.
(b) $300 during the 2000-2004 calendar years.
(c) $375 beginning in the calendar year 2005.
Within 30 days of the expiration date of the general plan approval and general operating permit, the permittee must renew the general permit if the facility intends to continue to operate under the Natural Gas Production Facility General Permit.
A complete copy of the Natural Gas Production Facility General Permit may be obtained by contacting Kimberly Maneval, Division of Permits, Bureau of Air Quality, 12th Floor Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8468, telephone (717) 787-4325. TDD users may telephone the Department through the AT&T Relay Service, 1 (800) 654-5984. Internet users can access a copy of the general permit at http://www.dep.state.pa.us.
The Department requests written comments on the proposed general plan approval and operating permit. Notice and opportunity for comment will also be provided to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency and the States of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia. Interested persons may submit written comments, suggestions, or objections to Douglas L. Lesher, Chief, Title V/NSR Section, Division of Permits, Bureau of Air Quality, 12th Floor Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8468, (717) 787-4325. The Department will also consider written requests that a public hearing be held concerning this proposed general plan approval and operating permit. Public comments must be submitted to the Department within 45 days of the date of this notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Comments received by facsimile will not be accepted.
JAMES M. SEIF,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 96-1582. Filed for public inspection September 20, 1996, 9:00 a.m.]
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