Virginia DEQ permits changes at Philip Morris plant in Richmond

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will be taking comment until July 22 on a draft air permit that includes revisions for a Philip Morris USA Inc. facility, including the deletion of a shut coal boiler.

The permit covers the Philip Morris USA Manufacturing Center Complex in Richmond. Tobacco is processed and flavored and cigarettes are manufactured at this complex. Cigarette filters are made and are sent to the cigarette-making machines. The blended tobacco is sent from storage to the machines. The cigarettes are then made and packaged.

Since the issuance of a Federal Operating Permit renewal, which became effective in July 2014, various changes are to be incorporated into this permit modification, including:

  • May 27, 2015 – a pulverized coal boiler was taken out of service and the associated permit was rescinded. Additionally, the associated coal and ash handling processes were terminated. The changes occurred prior to the compliance date of the Boiler MACT for major sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAP), Jan. 31, 2016, so the Package Boilers 1 and 2, which were existing sources built prior to 1974, are subject to the Boiler MACT for area sources of HAP. Package Boiler 3 was installed in 2013, while the source was still major for HAP, so it is still subject to the Boiler MACT for major sources because of EPA’s “once in, always in” policy.
  • A new 300-kW diesel emergency generator was installed in Bay 10/SB Warehouse in 2015, replacing a 45-kW propane unit.
  • In April 2015, two of the 18 fabric filters on the dust and stem removal system were proposed to be replaced with new fabric filters.
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