Pennsylvania DEP issues air permit for 1,500-MW Lackawanna project

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said Dec. 23 that it has issued an air quality plan approval to Lackawanna Energy Center LLC of Chicago to construct and operate a 1,500-MW natural gas-fired power plant in Lackawanna County.

“The department conducted a thorough and complete review of the application and determined it met all of the air quality regulations”, said Mike Bedrin, Director of the DEP Northeast Regional Office in Wilkes-Barre. “This plant will also have emissions testing, recordkeeping and continuous emission monitoring requirements to assist DEP in monitoring emissions from the facility to help ensure compliance.”

As part of the review process, the company was required to perform an air quality analysis that demonstrated the proposed facility would not cause or contribute to air pollution in violation of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The facility will be located on Industrial Drive in Jessup, Lackawanna County.

The department received the original plan approval application from Lackawanna Energy Center in June 2014. A revised application was later submitted on November 2014. Notification of receipt of both editions of the application was published in the Pennylvania Bulletin and the public was provided an opportunity to provide comments. A public meeting and hearing regarding the plan approval application was held on Sept. 2, 2015.

This plan approval is for the construction and operation 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.

Additional equipment includes:

  • one 2,000 kW diesel-fired emergency generator;
  • one 315 HP diesel-fired emergency fire water pump;
  • one 184.8 MM BTU/hr natural gas fired boiler; one 12 MMBTU/hr natural gas fuel gas heater;
  • two diesel fuel storage tanks;
  • three lubricating oil tanks; and
  • one aqueous ammonia storage tank.

The department is also still reviewing Lackawanna Energy Center’s application for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination (NPDES) permit to discharge treated wastewater from the facility into Grassy Island Creek. A public meeting and hearing on that application is set for Jan. 4, 2016, at Valley View High School in Archbald.

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