Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Air Quality Division
Notice is given to the public, according to Chapter 14 of Title 129 – Nebraska Air Quality Regulations as amended March 29, 2020 and Chapter 10 of Title 129 - Nebraska Air Quality Regulations as amended September 28, 2022, that the Department is proposing to issue a Class I operating permit to Cargill, Incorporated (FID# 57902) for the operation of a corn wet milling facility (Standard Industrial Classification codes 2046 and 2869) located at 650 Industrial Park Drive, Blair, Washington County, Nebraska.
The potential emissions of regulated air pollutants (in tons per year (tpy)) at this facility will be: 351.01 tpy of Particulate Matter (PM), 255.07 tpy of PM ≤ 10 microns (PM10), 150.48 tpy PM ≤ 2.5 microns (PM2.5), 273.43 tpy Sulfur Dioxide, 608.87 tpy Oxides of Nitrogen, 1,042.49 tpy Carbon Monoxide, 1,180.91 tpy Volatile Organic Compounds, 2.08 tpy Hydrogen Sulfide, 66.63 tpy of Acetaldehyde, 10.36 tpy of Acrolein, 9.06 tpy of Formaldehyde, 23.54 tpy of Hexane, 1.98 tpy Hydrochloric Acid, 21.70 tpy of Methanol, 133.43 tpy total HAPs, and 1,530,784.82 tpy Greenhouse Gases CO2 equivalents (CO2e).
Washington County meets the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for those pollutants subject to a NAAQS and is expected to continue in that status. Washington County is unclassifiable in regards to the state Total Reduced Sulfur (TRS) standards and no TRS emissions are expected from this project. No impact is anticipated on habitat for any rare or threatened species.
The Department has reopened portions of operating permit OP96S1-001, issued May 12, 2022, for cause in accordance with Title 129, Chapter 15, Section 006 as amended March 29, 2020 and Title 129, Chapter 9, Section 006 of Title as amended September 28, 2022 to address comments from US EPA’s Order Responding to Cargill’s Petition VII-2022-9, dated February 16, 2023.
The proposed permit and supporting materials are available for inspection by the public Friday, May 5, 2023, through Monday, June 5, 2023 at the office of the NDEE, 245 Fallbrook Boulevard, STE 100 Lincoln, Nebraska, and electronically at http://dee.ne.gov. Only those provisions that are being revised by this permit action are open for comment at this time. Comments received during this period will be considered prior to the final decision. During this period the applicant, or any interested person or group of persons, may request or petition the Director for a public hearing, the request must state the nature of the issues to be raised and all arguments and factual grounds supporting their position. If a public hearing is granted by the Director, the hearing will be advertised by public notice at least 30 days prior to the hearing.
Inquiries may be made at (402) 471-2186 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Individuals requiring special accommodations or alternate formats of materials should notify the NDEE by calling (402) 471-2186. TDD users should call (800) 833-7352 and ask the relay operator to call the NDEE at (402) 471-2186. For further information, to submit comments, or request a hearing you may contact the NDEE by email “email@example.com” or by mail submitted to the attention of David Christensen, Air Quality Division, P.O. Box 98922, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-8922.
Within 60 days after the US Environmental Protection Agency Administrator review, persons may petition the Administrator to object to the issuance of the proposed permit. Any such petition shall be based only on objections to the permit that were raised with reasonable specificity during the 30-day comment period, unless the petitioner demonstrates that it was not practicable to raise such objection within such period. For specific dates for which the 60-day petition period is open, contact David Christensen at (402) 471-2186. Petitions should be submitted electronically through EPA’s Central Data Exchange at https://cdx.epa.gov . If the petitioner is unable to use the Central Data Exchange, EPA requests that your submission be emailed to titleVpetitions@epa.gov . If petitioner is unable to submit electronically, then a hard copy of the petition can be submitted, please contact the permit writer above for EPA’s address.
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