The University is developing the applications for Air Quality permits from the Missoula Department Of Health, Environmental Health Division and the Montana Division of Environmental Quality This application will include a “Best Available Control Technology” analysis for emissions reduction and an Air Dispersion Model extending 3 kilometers out from the heating plant. There will be two air quality permits with each having public review and comment periods incorporated into the permitting processes.
The Montana Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) requires state agencies to consider the environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts of the proposed project. Public review and comment on the Environmental Assessment document is an opportunity for the public to assess the potential impacts of the proposed project.
The proposed project must have an Air Quality Permit issued from the Missoula County Health Department prior to construction starting, Missoula is a non-attainment area for fine particulates.
AIR QUALITY PERMIT
April 6th, 2011
Missoula City County Air Pollution Control Program
The University of Montana submitted an application for an Air Quality Permit on April 6, 2011 for the proposed biomass plant addition to the Missoula City-County Health Department. An Air Quality Permit is required prior to construction. The application is available for review at the Missoula County Health Department. Public review and comments regarding the application and the draft air quality permit will be accepted by the Missoula City-County Health Department.
Air dispersion modeling show the emissions from the proposed biomass plant to compliant with the ambient air quality standards for Missoula.
Notice of Application for Air Quality Permit pursuant to the Missoula City County Air Pollution Control Program.
The University of Montana – Missoula, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT 59812 will file on or about April 6, 2011 an application for an air quality permit from the Environmental Health Division of the Missoula City County Health Department. The applicant seeks approval for operation of a biomass gasifier and heat recovery boiler including associated biomass fuel and combustion product conveyance and processing equipment adjacent to the existing Heating Plant, 840 Connell Ave., N1/2 of the NE1/4 of Section 27, Township 13N, Range 19W. Any member of the public who wishes to review the application, obtain a copy of the application, or who wishes to submit comments should contact the Department at 301 W. Alder, Missoula, MT 59802-4123 or phone 258-4755 prior to May 5, 2011 (see note).
The Health Department will make a preliminary determination on whether a permit will be issued and provide notice to the public for comment on the determination. The notification will contain the date when the Department intends to make a final decision. The address and phone number at which interested persons may obtain further information or obtain a copy of the proposed permit will also be included with the preliminary determination.
Note: Based on Missoulian requirement for 3 business days notice to publish legal ad. The MCCHD form indicates to list date as 30 days from publication date. It is assumed the ad will not publish until April 5, 2011.