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EPA APPROVES PERMIT FOR HALFMOON COGENERATION PROJECT

 EPA APPROVES PERMIT FOR HALFMOON COGENERATION PROJECT
 NEW YORK, Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection


Agency (EPA) today issued a Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit to Inter-Power for its proposed Halfmoon Cogeneration Project (HCP) in Halfmoon, N.Y. The permit allows Inter-Power to begin construction of the
project. It will take effect in 30 days, unless it is appealed.
 The PSD provisions are designed to prevent areas which are in attainment with ambient air quality standards from going out of attainment. PSD permits are pre-construction permits for proposed major new emission sources or for existing major sources with proposed major modifications.
 The permit contains strict limitations on the quantities of sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulates, beryllium, mercury, benzene, arsenic, fluorides and radionuclides released by the facility in accordance with the PSD provisions of the Clean Air Act.
 The permit has been revised from the original draft issued in February 1991 to reflect revised air quality impacts posed by the project and to incorporate corrected emission inventory data submitted to Inter-Power by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC). The permit also contains revised special conditions to mitigate impacts at Lye Brook. EPA found that with the final permit conditions, the Inter-Power project will have minimal impacts to areas that are already exceeding air quality standards. In addition, EPA believes that the special permit conditions, developed by Inter-Power and concurred with by the Federal Land Manager (FLM) of the U.S. Forest Service for the Lye Brook Wilderness Area in Vermont, are adequate to protect Lye Brook.
 "EPA has determined that potential environmental or health threats posed by the Halfmoon project will be adequately controlled by the limitations dictated by the PSD permit," said Constantine Sidamon- Eristoff, EPA Region 2 Administrator. "EPA has ensured that air quality will not be harmed by the project."
 Inter-Power proposes to build three coal-fired, circulating fluidized bed boilers which will drive one turbine generator unit to generate electrical power. The facility, located in Halfmoon, N.Y., will provide process steam to the GE Silicone Products facility and generate electricity for sale to the Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation. Combustion emissions will be controlled by various air pollution control equipment. The plant's cooling water will be taken from the Hudson River, circulated through condensers and cooled by a mechanical draft tower. Ash will be removed by rail cars for disposal.
 Background:
 Inter-Power originally submitted a PSD permit application to EPA in November 1989. On Dec. 21, 1990 the Federal Land Manager (FLM) of the U.S. Forest Service provided EPA with comments predicting that the Halfmoon Cogeneration Project would reduce the ability of water bodies in Lye Brook to neutralize acid precipitation. In February 1991, EPA issued a draft permit that would reduce this impact by off-setting the emission increase from Inter-Power with reductions of the GE Silicone Products facility.
 Today's permit incorporates a plan to mitigate local impacts and impacts on Lye Brook, along with a requirement for Inter-Power to operate continuous emission monitoring for sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and opacity and to perform stack tests for 11 pollutants as well as for opacity within 60 days after achieving maximum load conditions, or within 180 days after initial start-up, whichever comes first. Inter-Power must also monitor the sulfur content in fuel and amount of fuel burned at the GE facility.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Breitenbach of the U.S., Environmental Protection Agency, 212-264-2515/ CO: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ST: New York IN: SU:


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