Ohio EPA sets May 8 hearing on Oregon Clean Energy draft permit

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, which has issued a draft air pollution permit-to-install for the 799-MW Oregon Clean Energy Center LLC gas-fired project, will hold a public information session and hearing on it on May 8.

The public meeting will be held in Oregon, a Toledo suburb that is the site of the project. During the information session, staff from Ohio EPA and Toledo Division of Environmental Services (TDES) will present information about the draft permit and answer questions. During the hearing, the public can submit comments for the record regarding the draft permit.

“The 799 megawatt combined cycle gas turbine facility would emit nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, volatile organic chemicals, sulfuric acid mist, greenhouse gases and particulate matter,” the agency said in an April 24 public notice. “The federal Clean Air Act and its amendments regulate the type and quantity of materials that may be discharged to the air. The maximum allowable emission levels are designed to protect human health and the environment. These levels are set in permits issued by Ohio EPA.”

Ohio EPA and TDES will accept written comments on the draft permit through May 13. The permitting covers use of either Siemens or Mitsubishi gas turbines at this combined-cycle facility. The project is also going through a site approval process at the Ohio Power Siting Board, with the board due to look at the application at its May 1 meeting.

Oregon Clean Energy Center is owned by North America Project Development LLC and is funded by Energy Investors Funds. The principals of NAPD are William Siderewicz and William Martin, each of whom has over 33 years of experience in the development of privately-owned/operated power projects, both in the U.S. and in the international marketplace.

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