March 2012Monthly Archives

Public Invited to Comment on Draft Air Permit

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 a draft Air Operating Permit (AOP) revision for the Crown Cork & Seal (USA), Inc. (Crown Cork & Seal) aluminum beverage can manufacturing facility located in Olympia. This revision process is pursuant to Title V of the federal Clean Air Act and Chapter 173-401 of the Washington Administrative Code. Once issued, the revised AOP will supersede the current AOP and will remain effective for the original 5-year permit term.

Crown Cork & Seal’s facility in Olympia requires an AOP because it emits major quantities of volatile organic compounds.  Crown Cork & Seal’s permit is being revised to remove an excessive monitoring requirement and to incorporate new federal requirements that will apply starting May 3, 2013. Once issued, the revised AOP will supersede Crown Cork & Seal’s current AOP, and will remain effective for the original 5-year permit term.

Copies of the draft AOP for Crown Cork & Seal and the associated Technical Support Document are on file and available for review at the Olympia Timberland Library, 313 8th Ave SE in Olympia, and at the Lacey Timberland Library, 500 College St SE in Lacey. Copies are also available at ORCAA’s office in Olympia and 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 April 25, 2012.

Comments are limited to only those parts of the permit that have been revised and 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.

Public Hearing Slated on Proposed Updates to Agency’s Registration Fee Program

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 proposed changes to ORCAA’s Registration Fee structure for registered sources. Over the last several months, ORCAA staff conducted surveys, multiple open house meetings, and phone interviews with sources to collect data, suggestions and concerns from sources likely to be affected by the updated program. The proposed changes were drafted after that feedback was collected and considered.

Interested parties may comment on the proposed changes online or in writing. They may also testify in person during a schedule Public Hearing hosted by ORCAA on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, beginning at 10 a.m. during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors

Summaries of proposed changes are available for review at ORCAA’s Olympia office and online at www.orcaa.org.

Comments submitted to ORCAA in writing should be addressed to: ORCAA, 2940-B Limited Lane NW, Olympia, WA 98502, and will be accepted up to close the Public Hearing on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

Public Comment Opened on Permit Application from Silver Springs Organics

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 a Notice of Construction (NOC) Application from Silver Springs Organics (SSO). The applicant seeks approval to change both equipment and methods used for composting at their compost facility located at 13835 Military Road S.E., Rainier, WA 98576. The proposal does not involve changes to the facility production capacity or limits, and air emissions and odors per unit production are expected to decrease as a result of the changes. Since the proposed changes require significant reconstruction of the facility, prior review and approval by ORCAA through an NOC application is required.

ORCAA assessed air quality implications of SSO’s proposal and has concluded that it meets the requirements for approval and will result in reducing air impacts per unit production compared to the current facility. On this basis, ORCAA’s Preliminary Recommendation is to approve SSO’s NOC application.

Interested parties may comment on the NOC application and ORCAA’s preliminary determination online or in writing. They may also testify in person during a schedule Public Hearing hosted by ORCAA on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, beginning at 6 p.m. The hearing will be conducted at Rainier High School located at 308 2nd Street, Rainier, Washington.

Copies of ORCAA’s Staff Recommendation, the NOC application and supporting documents are available for review at the Tenino Timberland Library, 172 Central Avenue W., Tenino, as well as at ORCAA’s Olympia office. You may also find the materials online here.

Comments submitted to ORCAA in writing should be addressed to: ORCAA, 2940-B Limited Lane NW, Olympia, WA 98502, and will be accepted up to close the Public Hearing on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.