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Public Invited to Comment on Draft Air Permit for Cleveland Public Power’s Proposed Gasification Plant

An air permit for a proposed municipal solid waste gasification plant in Cleveland will be the focus of a June 12, 2013, public meeting. Ohio EPA and the Cleveland Division of Air Quality (CDAQ) will hold the information session and public hearing beginning at 6 p.m. at the Estabrook Recreation Center, 4125 Fulton Road, Cleveland.

The meeting is an opportunity for citizens to ask questions and submit comments concerning a draft air permit issued to Cleveland Public Power – Ridge Road to construct a waste-to-energy facility at 3727 Ridge Road. The facility would house three municipal solid waste gasifier processing lines to produce syngas. The syngas would be burned in a furnace to produce heat, which in turn would be converted to steam in a heat recovery steam generator.

The draft permit places limits on emissions to ensure compliance with state clean air standards and protect public health. It requires continuously monitoring emissions of nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide and opacity. It also requires initial and annual stack testing. Air emissions would be controlled using a baghouse, selective catalytic reduction and a wet flue-gas desulfurization scrubber system.

Citizens may testify at the public hearing or submit comments in writing to: Cleveland Division of Air Quality, Attn: David Hearne, 75 Erieview Plaza, Suite 200, Cleveland, OH, 44114. The public comment period ends June 19, 2013. A decision on issuing a final permit will be made after considering all questions and comments submitted by that date.

Cleveland Public Power’s draft air permit and related information are available online and at CDAQ by calling (216) 664-2297.

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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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