Pennsylvania agency to hold hearing on permit for 1,500-MW Lackawanna project

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said Dec. 10 that it will host a public meeting and hearing for an application by Lackawanna Energy Center LLC out of Chicago to discharge treated wastewater from a proposed power plant in Jessup, Lackawanna County.

The public meeting and hearing will be held on Jan. 4 from 6-9 P.M. at Valley View High School, 1 Columbus Drive, Archbald, PA 18403.  

The permit application is for a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for the prosposed 1,500-MW facility to be constructed on Industrial Drive in Jessup. The department is holding the public meeting and hearing in response to requests from the public concerning discharges to surface waters from the proposed project. The draft NPDES Permit is for a new discharge of cooling tower blowdown, low volume industrial wastewater, chiller effluent, and stormwater into Grassy Island Creek, a designated cold water fishery.

The department published notice of the draft NPDES permit in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Nov. 7 and solicited written comment on the permit. Written comments will be accepted until Jan. 14.

This project consists of three identical General Electric Model 7HA.02 natural gas fired combustion turbines and heat recovery steam generator with duct burners (CT/HRSG). Each CT/HRSG combined-cycle process block includes one combustion gas turbine and one heat recovery steam generator with duct burners with all three CT/HRSG sharing one steam turbine. The entire power block is rated at 1,500 MW.

In other recent news for this project:

  • The Pennsylvania DEP said in a notice in the Aug. 1 Pennsylvania Bulletin that it intends to issue an Air Quality Plan Approval to Lackawanna Energy Center for this 1,500-MW (nominal) natural gas-fired combined-cycle plant. The project increased in size during the DEP permitting process. The extra capacity is subject to separate PJM Interconnection queue review.
  • Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. LLC on June 19 asked FERC for a certificate of public convenience and necessity for a gas pipeline expansion project in Pennsylvania that will increase capacity on its system by about 180,000 dekatherms (Dth) per day. It is called the Triad Expansion Project. Tennessee requested the issuance of this certificate by May 31, 2016, so it can meet the Nov. 1, 2017, in-service date requested by Invenergy LLC on behalf of its subsidiary, Lackawanna Energy Center, which has executed a binding precedent agreement for all of the project’s capacity.

Said Invenergy’s project website: “With its state-of-the-art technology, the 1,480 megawatt Lackawanna Energy Center will be one of the most efficient power plants in the United States. Equipped with GE’s latest technology, it will use less fuel and generate fewer emissions.”

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