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Public Comment Opened on Notice of Construction (NOC) Permit for Imperium

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 Imperium Terminal Services, LLC (ITS). The applicant seeks approval to construct and operate a bulk liquids terminal (Facility) at 3122 Port Industrial Road, Hoquiam, Washington. The facility will consist of nine, 80,000-barrel capacity storage tanks, a marine vapor combustion unit used to control air emissions and associated piping and transfer equipment. The facility will have the capability of storing and distributing 30 million barrels per year of organic liquid commodities including vegetable oil, biodiesel, petro-diesel, used cooking oil, waste vegetable oil, animal fat, methanol, denatured ethanol, naptha, gasoline, vacuum gas oil, jet fuel, bio-jet fuel, kerosene, crude oil or No. 6 residual oil. Operation of the facility will result in minor amounts of hazardous air pollutant emissions including, but not limited to, benzene and methanol.

ORCAA assessed air quality implications of ITS’s proposal and has concluded that the facility will comply with all applicable local, state and federal air quality standards. On this basis, ORCAA’s Preliminary Recommendation is to approve the ITS NOC application.

Interested parties may comment on the NOC application and ORCAA’s preliminary determination online or in writing. Copies of ORCAA’s Staff Recommendation, the NOC application and supporting documents are available for review at the Hoquiam Timberland Regional Library, located at 420 7th Street, Hoquiam, Wash., and are also available at ORCAA’s office in Olympia. You may also find the materials 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 until close of business on Nov. 6, 2013.

 

ORCAA Improves Online Permit and Payment Options

In order to better serve both businesses and residents, the Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) developed new online tools for the public.

Beginning July 1, 2013, ORCAA’s online services will include a new payment option provided by Point & Pay, a credit card payment business. People who need residential or commercial permits, or who need to pay fines or fees, may make payments online or over the phone using an American Express®, Discover®, MasterCard® or VISA® credit or debit card or e-check.

The new payment option will include a nominal fee to the user that is charged by Point & Pay. Anyone wishing to avoid that fee may send (or deliver) a check or cash directly to ORCAA. Point & Pay provides credit card services to more than 500 public agencies nationwide, including Kitsap, Garfield, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, San Juan, Thurston, and Walla Walla Counties in Washington.

ORCAA has also streamlined some of its permit processes, including development of online permit applications. Initially, ORCAA will offer its five most frequently used permit applications in the new online format, and as the process is refined and improved, the rest of the business permits will be added. The first five to be offered online will be:

  • Thurston County Residential Burn Permit,
  • Demolition Permit,
  • Residential (owner-occupied) Asbestos Permit,
  • Commercial Asbestos Permit, and
  • Land Clearing Burn Permit.

The new format utilizes Adobe Online forms, and may be found at www.orcaa.org/services.

The new online tools being implemented continue ORCAA’s efforts to provide efficient, effective services to our residents and business partners while ensuring good air quality for our entire region.

ORCAA Approves Nippon Cooling Tower Permit

After careful consideration of all public input, Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) has approved the Notice of Construction (NOC) Application from Nippon Paper Industries USA (Nippon) for a Cooling Tower addition to their existing permitted facilities. The NOC allows construction and operation of a 5,500 gallons-per-minute cooling tower at their existing paper mill located at the base of Ediz Hook in Port Angeles, Washington.

ORCAA has assessed air quality implications of Nippon’s proposed project and considered all public comments and questions – more than 70 pages of comments and ORCAA responses were generated during the permitting process. ORCAA concluded that compliance with applicable air regulations and standards will be maintained and has issued the permit.

During the public process, ORCAA engineers provided detailed responses to all public inputs. ORCAA staff invested considerable time in fully investigating issues of concern before making a decision. One frequently expressed public comment was that the cooling tower was being permitted alone and that could mask the overall combined emissions. As noted in the detailed responses, ORCAA engineers did look at the combined impacts of the entire facility and found that the addition of the cooling tower would actually decrease the total particular matter (PM) emissions for Nippon. Additionally, there would be no change in permitting or source classification when all emissions sources were combined. Nippon is already classified as a major source under federal clean air laws, requiring the more stringent Air Operating Permit (AOP) under Title V of the U.S. Clean Air Act for its operation.

Citizens also expressed interest in having access to the monitoring data gathered from the in-stack monitors on the cooling tower. That data will be available to the public as soon as it is provided to ORCAA – once in ORCAA’s hands, it becomes public records and is available as such.

The full record of all public comments received and ORCAA’s responses to them, as well as the full NOC permit and supporting documents are available online at: http://www.orcaa.org/news/final-determinations.

Public Comment Opened on Notice of Construction (NOC) Permit for Nippon Cooling Tower proposal

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 Nippon Paper Industries USA (Nippon). The applicant seeks approval to construct a 5,500 gpm cooling tower at their existing paper mill located at the base of Ediz Hook in Port Angeles, Washington. Operation of the cooling tower will result in the emission of air pollutants. The filtered cooling water will be used as process water in the paper mill.

ORCAA has assessed air quality implications of Nippon’s proposed project and concluded that compliance with applicable air regulations and standards will likely be maintained. On this basis, ORCAA’s Preliminary Staff Recommendation is to approve Nippon’s NOC application.

Interested parties may comment on the NOC application and ORCAA’s preliminary staff recommendation online or in writing. They may also testify in person during a scheduled Public Hearing hosted by ORCAA on Monday, January 14, 2013 commencing at 5 p.m. The hearing will be conducted in Room 160 of the Clallam County Courthouse, 222 E Fourth St, in Port Angeles, Washington.

Copies of ORCAA’s Staff Recommendation, the NOC application and supporting documents are available for review at the Port Angeles branch of the North Olympic Library System, located at 2210 South Peabody Street in Port Angeles, and at ORCAA’s offices in Olympia and Port Angeles. You may also find the materials 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 until 12-midnight on January 14, 2013.

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Public Hearing On Nippon Permit CANCELLED: Additions to permit application require further review

A scheduled public hearing on Nippon’s Proposed Cooling Tower project has been cancelled. It will be rescheduled at a later still-to-be-determined date.

The meeting, previously slated for Oct. 8, 2012, in Port Angeles, has been cancelled because Nippon has submitted new information that affects their permit application (ORCAA #12NOC889) for the project. ORCAA Engineers need sufficient time to review the new details and incorporate that new information into a revised preliminary determination on the permit.

A new 30-day public comment period, and associated public hearing in Port Angeles, will be scheduled after ORCAA staff completes its review and issues a new preliminary determination on the project. No date has been set for the release of a revised preliminary determination. The new comment period will begin only after that determination is published.

The permit in question is the Notice of Construction (NOC) Application from Nippon Paper Industries USA (Nippon). The applicant seeks approval to construct a 5,500 gallons per minute cooling tower at their existing paper mill located at the base of Ediz Hook in Port Angeles, Washington. Operation of the cooling tower will result in the emission of air pollutants. The filtered cooling water will be used as process water in the paper mill.