Cleveland medical center permits shutdown of two coal boilers

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency on Oct. 5 issued a final air permit-to-install (PTI) that allows the Medical Center Co. to back out coal-fired boilers at its facility in Cleveland, Ohio.

The permit says about what it covers: “Initial PTI for a natural gas/No.2 oil-fired boiler rated at 119.8 mmBtu/hr heat input equipped with Low NOx Burners (LNB), Flue Gas Recirculation (FGR) and an oxygen (O2) trim system. This Netting PTI is part of the Boiler Project at the Medical Center Company which involves the shutdown of the coal-fired boilers (emissions units B003 and B004).”

The permit also covers the modification of three existing natural gas-fired boilers (emissions units B014, B016 and B022) to include No. 2 fuel oil as an allowed fuel.

Upon the completion of installation or modification of emissions units B014, B016, B022 and B023, the coal boilers (B003 and B004) must be permanently removed from service by Jan. 13, 2017. There will be a period of transition after the start up of the new boiler and prior to the existing coal boilers going offline. This time will be used for bringing the new and modified boilers up to normal operating conditions and will be referred to as the shakedown period. The permittee has agreed that the shakedown period for the new and modified boilers will not exceed 180 operating days after initial start up.

Once a coal boiler goes offline, it will only be brought back online if the new and modified boilers replacing them runs into unanticipated problems. The coal boilers and the new and modified boilers replacing them can’t operate simultaneously after the end of the 180-operating day shakedown period.

The Ohio EPA on Oct. 5 issued a second, companion permit that says about what it covers: “PTI Chapter 31 modification of three existing natural gas-fired boilers (emissions units B014, B016 and B022) to include No. 2 fuel oil. This Netting PTI is part of the Boiler Project at the Medical Center Company which involves the shutdown of the coal-fired boilers (emissions units B003 and B004).”

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