PDEQ holds virtual public meetings on El Paso Natural Gas Vail Compressor Station, air quality permit

PDEQ holds virtual public meetings on El Paso Natural Gas Vail Compressor Station, air quality permit
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) is holding a virtual Open House on March 9, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 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 1200 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 HERE. Alternatively, you can register by e-mailing air.permits@pima.gov and typing ‘EPNG Comment’ in the subject field. All participants are requested to email air.permits@pima.gov 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.

For additional information about the permit revision, call Rupesh Patel at (520) 724-7341 or e-mail Rupesh.Patel@pima.gov.

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