The Morrow Pacific project will seek Air Permit from DEQ

Jul 17 2012
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The Morrow Pacific project will seek Air Permit from DEQ

PORTLAND, Ore. — July 17, 2012 —In early 2012 the Morrow Pacific project applied for an Air Contaminant Discharge Permit (ACDP) from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for the Port of Morrow storage location. In February 2012 DEQ determined an air permit was not needed due to several factors, including the fact that the facility would be enclosed so negligible emissions would result from storage piles and transfer points.

DEQ has now revised that opinion and has requested a permit application. DEQ’s decision discounts the storage buildings and enclosures in making emission calculations finding “uncontrolled” emissions to be in the range of 16 to 83 tons per year. With control measures, the project calculates emissions at less than 2% of the permit threshold.

As stated in a letter received from DEQ to the Morrow Pacific project on July 16, 2012:

In our first review of the application, DEQ did not account for any uncontrolled emissions from the temporary storage of coal at the facility. This was an oversight because the plans include buildings with vents and scrubbers that will contain, control, or otherwise prevent fugitive emissions from coal storage piles that would typically occur without the buildings in place. Furthermore, the primary purpose of the buildings appears to be to prevent fugitive emissions.

… DEQ agrees that “controlled” emissions from the facility will most likely not exceed the levels provided in the application, which were approximately 200 lbs/yr of PM 10.

“We understand DEQ’s revision and will immediately resubmit a request for an air quality permit,” said Clark Moseley, President and CEO of the Morrow Pacific project.

“Due to our control methods including the storage buildings, vents and scrubbers, we are confident we will contain fugitive dust well below permit levels. We’ve designed this project to virtually eliminate dust,” added Moseley.

About the Morrow Pacific project
The Morrow Pacific project will ship low-sulfur coal by rail from the Powder River Basin to an enclosed warehouse at the Port of Morrow. From there, enclosed barges will move the coal to Port Westward Industrial Park at the Port of St. Helens. An enclosed transloader will then transfer the coal from barges to oceangoing vessels bound for Asian trade allies, such as Japan, South Korea or Taiwan. The Morrow Pacific project raises the bar for environmental standards in coal export operations. From the Port of Morrow facility until it arrives in Asia, there will be no visible coal and little, if any, coal dust.

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