Agency Will Discuss University’s Proposed Air Quality Plan
October 1, 2013
The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a public meeting and
hearing on Wednesday, Oct. 30, to discuss a proposed Air Quality plan approval
for Penn State University’s conversion of its West Campus Steam Plant from
coal-fired boilers to natural gas.
The 6:30 p.m. meeting will be held at the State College Area
High School South auditorium at 650 Westerly Parkway in State College, Centre
“Staff from DEP’s Air Quality Program will explain the
application review process and applicable regulations, and Penn State officials
will review the project with the audience,” DEP North-central Regional Director
Marcus Kohl said. “These presentations will be followed by a question and
answer session, so that DEP and the university can hear from residents and
provide needed information.”
Penn State submitted the Air Quality plan approval
application to DEP on Oct. 9, 2012. The proposal includes constructing two new
natural gas boilers and modifying two existing coal boilers to use only natural
The plan also includes installing two 25,000 gallon
above-ground distillate oil tanks to store fuel oil for backup use in the two
new boilers during gas curtailment. Two coal-fired boilers and one natural
gas-fired boiler will also be demolished as part of the project.
This proposal is part of the University Park campus
facility’s efforts and compliance plan for the Boiler Maximum Achievable
Control Technology (MACT) rules promulgated by the Environmental Protection
DEP published a notice of intent to issue the plan approval
in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Aug. 3, 2013 and asked for public comment. A
number of local citizens and the Ferguson Township supervisors had previously
requested that the agency hold a public meeting or hearing to discuss the
During the 8 p.m. hearing portion of the evening, the public
will have an opportunity to present up to five minutes of oral testimony about
the application. Written testimony of any length will also be accepted. The
testimony will be recorded by a court reporter and transcribed into a written
document, and DEP will create a written response to all relevant testimony.
Those who wish to present oral testimony may register that
evening prior to the hearing. For anyone unable to attend the public hearing,
written comments should be submitted by the close of business on Tuesday, Nov.
12, 2013 to DEP Air Quality Program Manager, 208 W. 3rd St., Suite 101,
Williamsport, PA 17701.
Individuals in need of an accommodation as provided for in
the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact Daniel Spadoni at
570-327-3659 or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at