Eastman Kodak plans to back out some coal use at Kodak Park

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is taking public comment until May 4 on a draft Title V air permit that covers a plan by Eastman Kodak to shut one-coal-fired boiler at its Kodak Park facility, fuel switch a second coal boiler and keep a third boiler on coal.

Suez-DEGS of Rochester LLC operates the air emissions facilities at Kodak Park and is also involved in this permitting. SUEZ-DEGs and Kodak have applied to: retire Boiler 41 by the end of 2014; retire or repower Boiler 42 by the end of 2014, and install controls on Boiler 43 to meet the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) requirements by the NESHAP compliance date.

The Kodak Park site is a large, integrated manufacturing plant producing photographic films, papers, and synthetic organic chemicals. Suez-DEGS of Rochester has contractually agreed to operate the air emissions sources associated with power production at Buildings 31 and 321 of Kodak Park.

Fuel use limits have already been placed on Boilers 13 and 14 in order to create the emission reductions necessary to offset the proposed emission increases to follow the Boiler 42 and 43 modifications, the department noted. Conditions have been included in the permit that limit coal use at Boilers 13 and 14 to 20,000 tons per year for each boiler for 2007 and beyond.

The new permit changes are largely to meet federal limits on visibility-impairing pollutants by requiring the installation of Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) on a BART-eligible stationary source to reduce regional haze and restore natural visibility conditions to Federal Class I Areas. Two conditions have been included in the permit which reflect Kodak’s BART plan, approved in November 2011. Specifically, Kodak has agreed to shut down Boiler 41 by Dec. 31, 2014; and shut down Boiler 42 or switch from coal to natural gas by Dec. 31, 2014.

Boiler 43 is also subject to BART. Kodak said in its BART plan that it will be required to install emissions controls on Boiler 43 to meet the requirements of the Boiler and Process Heater NESHAP by a compliance date.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in an April 25 notice that it is partially disapproving New York’s proposed regional haze program. Part of the disapproval was a caveat that a NOx limit on Boiler 42 should be imposed in case the facility is converted to natural gas.

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