Illinois EPA settles issues with Springfield over Dallman coal permit

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has worked out a settlement with Springfield City Water Light & Power in a long-running dispute over conditions that the agency put in a 2005 Clean Air Act Permit Program (CAAPP) approval for the coal-fired Dallman power plant.

The permit is being modified to incorporate changes to the CAAPP resulting from the settlement resolution of an administrative permit appeal filed in 2005 before the Illinois Pollution Control Board. The Illinois EPA will hold a public hearing on July 9 in Springfield on the draft permit changes. It will accept written public comments on the draft CAAPP permit through Aug. 8.

The Dallman Generating Station is a coal-fired power plant located in Springfield that is operated by the City of Springfield by its utility department, City Water Light & Power (CWLP).

The initial CAAPP permit for Dallman was issued by the Illinois EPA in September 2005. The permit addressed the applicable emission standards and requirements existing at the time the permit was issued. In a subsequent permit appeal to the Illinois Pollution Control Board, CWLP challenged the applicability of certain legal requirements and the imposition of certain requirements for monitoring in the CAAPP permit. In the years since the filing of the appeal, the issued permit has been stayed in its entirety. The presence of the stay, which was a consequence of the Illinois’ administrative review process, has prevented the issued permit from becoming effective. The stay has prevented the renewal and revision of the CAAPP permit for the Dallman Station, which would have enabled the CAAPP permit to address new rules and other relevant developments.

The settlement involves agreement on a number of technical issues, including requirements for testing emissions of condensable particulates from the coal-fired boilers and recordkeeping requirements related to the Continuous Opacity Monitoring Systems.

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