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  • PDEQ to hold meetings on proposed EPNG Piping Modification Project

    Feb 10, 2021 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) is holding a virtual Open House on March 9, 2021 from 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. and a virtual formal Public Hearing on March 16, 2021, from 5:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.

    The purpose of these meetings is to share information and obtain public comments on the proposed El Paso Natural Gas, LLC (EPNG) piping modification project located at 10200 South Rita Road, Tucson Arizona 85747. Written comments regarding this project will be accepted by PDEQ during the official Public Comment Period which begins on February 10, 2021 and runs through March 29, 2021.

    Access to both meetings will be made available on our PDEQ Public Notice webpage.  Alternatively, you can register by e-mailing air permits and typing ‘EPNG Comment’ in the subject field. All participants are requested to email air permits to provide their name and e-mail address to participate in the Open House and/or the formal Public Hearing, however pre-registration is not required.

    PDEQ proposes to revise the EPNG existing Air Quality Permit No. 425. EPNG is proposing to install gas cooling equipment and gas recirculation for compression to allow for operational flexibility. An emergency generator is also proposed to be added to the site. The proposed project expects to trigger a major modification for Nitrogen Oxide (NOX) and Carbon Monoxide (CO) subject to the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting pursuant to title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, section 52.21 (40 CFR 52.21).

    PDEQ has completed an extensive review of the permit application, examined the air quality impact analysis of the project, potential impacts to historic properties, and considered environmental justice to protect the health and environment of minority, low-income, tribal and indigenous populations. PDEQ has also worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Park Service to create a permit that will protect public health and meet air quality regulations while allowing EPNG to update the facility to meet future customer needs. A chronological list of the documentation related to this complex process from the projects inception to the proposed permit revision is available to view on the PDEQ webpage.

    All written comments shall state the name and mailing address of the person, shall be signed by the person, his agent or his attorney and shall clearly set forth the reasons why the permit should or should not be issued. Grounds for comment are limited to whether the proposed permit meets the criteria for issuance prescribed in the Arizona Revised Statutes Section 49-481,Title 17 of the Pima County Code, and 40 CFR 52.21. Only persons who submit written comments during the official public comment period may appeal a permit decision, except to the extent that the final permit reflects changes from the proposed permit. Appeals of the PSD permit decision are subject to 40 CFR part 124.

    Comments and requests may be mailed to: PDEQ, Air Program Manager, Rupesh Patel, 33 N. Stone Avenue, Suite 700, Tucson, Arizona 85701, via e-mail at air permits, or through the online public comment form. PDEQ does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, or age in its programs or activities in accordance with applicable laws and regulations. Further, any person who is in need of special services (e.g., written material in large type, signer for the hearing impaired, or for free assistance in Spanish), please contact PDEQ’s Environmental Justice Program Manager, Jessica Surridge, 33 N. Stone Avenue, Suite 700, Tucson, Arizona, 85701, Phone (520) 724-7331, email Jessica Surridge.
    El Departamento del Condado de Pima de Calidad Ambiental no discrimina en base de la raza, el color, el origen nacional, el sexo, la religión, discapacidad, o la edad en sus programas o actividades de acuerdo a las leyes y regulaciones aplicables. Además, cualquier persona que esté necesitando los servicios especiales (p.ej., material escrito en letra grande, intérpretes de lenguaje con señas, o para obtener asistencia gratuita en español), por favor contacte a la encargada del Programa de Justicia Ambiental del Departamento de Calidad Ambiental del Condado de Pima, Jessica Surridge, 33 N. Stone Avenue, Oficina 700, Tucson, Arizona, 85701, teléfono (520) 724-7331, email (correo electrónico) Jessica Surridge.

    For additional information about the permit revision, please call Rupesh Patel at (520)724-7341 or email Rupesh Patel.