Public Invited to Comment on Draft Air Permit – Sierra Pacific’s Aberdeen Lumber Mill

The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) firmly believes in its motto,  “Clean Air is Everyone’s Business.” As such, ORCAA seeks to keep everyone within our jurisdiction well informed about the actions­—and proposed actions—we take.

Public comment is currently being accepted on an Air Operating Permit (AOP) for Sierra Pacific Industries’ Lumber Mill located in Aberdeen, Washington, pursuant to Title V of the federal Clean Air Act. The draft AOP is intended to help ensure compliance with air quality regulations and standards that apply to Sierra Pacific Industries(SPI).  The SPI Mill in Junction City requires an AOP because it has the potential to emit over 100 tons per year of volatile organic compounds and over 25 tons per year of hazardous air pollutants resulting from kiln drying of lumber.

Copies of the draft AOP and the associated Technical Support Document (TSD) for SPI Mill are on file and available for review at the Aberdeen branch of the Timbarland Public Library, and at ORCAA’s office in Olympia. The draft AOP and TSD are also available online HERE

Comments may be submitted to ORCAA in writing. Written comments should be addressed to: ORCAA, 2940-B Limited Lane NW, Olympia, WA 98502, and will be accepted up to close of business on Monday, June 30, 2010. Comments should pertain to adequacy of the draft AOP in assuring compliance with applicable air quality regulations and standards. Any concerned party may request a public hearing within the specified public comment period. The request should include information to justify the need for a public hearing. If there is significant public interest, ORCAA will hold a public hearing.

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