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Ohio EPA to Hold Hearing On Draft Air Permit for Washington County Facility

Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing on Wed., Dec. 19, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. about a draft air permit issued to Kraton Polymers U.S. LLC to replace two existing coal-fired boilers with two new boilers at Kraton’s Belpre facility. The thermoplastic elastomer manufacturing plant is located at 2419 State Route 618. The hearing will be held at the Washington County Public Library, 2012 Washington Blvd. in Belpre.

Kraton proposes to fire the new boilers with natural gas, distillate oil and naphtha (a flammable liquid mixture of hydrocarbons that is generally used as a solvent for various chemical industries). Before issuing the draft air permit, Ohio EPA reviewed the company’s application to ensure that emissions would comply with federal and state air pollution control standards, laws and regulations. The draft air permit establishes emission limits to protect public health and the environment.

The permit would allow facility-wide emissions to change. Net emissions would substantially decrease for nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter. Additionally, there would be a significant net emissions increase in carbon monoxide. The proposed allowable air emissions rate for carbon monoxide under the draft permit is 163.6 tons per year. This would require the facility to implement best available control technologies and comply with stringent hourly carbon monoxide emissions limitations.

Ohio EPA places a high priority on public involvement and encourages citizens to become involved in the decision-making process. The public can submit comments for the record about the draft air permit during the hearing. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain additional information that will be considered before Ohio EPA issues or denies a final air permit.

Ohio EPA will equally consider written comments on the draft air permit received through Dec. 21, 2012. Interested parties can send comments to Chad Ferguson at chad.ferguson@epa.ohio.gov or Ohio EPA Southeast District Office, 2195 Front Street, Logan, OH 43138. Interested parties also may write to this address for more information.

The draft air permit is available online. Also, arrangements can be made to review and/or copy the permit and related material at the above address by first calling (740) 385-8501.

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. In the past 40 years, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling. Ohio EPA -- 40 years and moving forward.


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