Glatfelter approved to shut down three coal boilers at Pennsylvania facility

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said in a brief notice in the Feb. 7 Pennsylvania Bulletin that on Jan. 20 it approved an air permit for P.H. Glatfelter Co. that includes new gas-fired facilites and the shutdown of three coal-fired boilers.

The permit covers, said the notice, “construction of two (2) Babcock & Wilcox (B&W), or equivalent, 405.8 MMBtu per hour each, natural gas fired boilers and installation of a hydrated lime injection system to reduce HCl emissions from Power Boiler No. 5, with associated equipment including, but not limited to, a storage silo and pneumatic conveying system at the P.H. Glatfelter Co.’s Spring Grove facility located in Spring Grove Borough, York County. As part of the project, three (3) coal fired power boilers will also be decommissioned. The expected changes in facility emissions as a result of the changes proposed are approximately: +60 tpy carbon monoxide, -1,020 tpy NOx, -2.7 tpy PM10, -5,694 tpy SO2 and +11 tpy VOC. The plan approval includes Emission Reduction Credits (ERC) related to the decommissioning of the three (3) coal fired power boilers.”

Headquartered in York, Pa., P.H. Glatfelter is a global manufacturer of specialty papers and fiber-based engineered materials.  U.S. operations include facilities in Spring Grove, Pa., and Chillicothe and Fremont, Ohio.

In November 2014, during a quarterly earnings call, John Jacunski, Glatfelter’s executive vice president and CFO, said: “In order to meet new boiler emissions regulations, we will be converting or replacing four coal-fired boilers to natural gas and upgrading site infrastructure to accommodate the new boilers, including connecting to gas pipelines. The total cost of these projects is estimated at $85 million to $90 million, with most of the spend in 2015 and 2016.”

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