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October 17, 2017
November 16, 2017


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, that the Department is proposing to issue a Class I operating permit to Becton Dickinson Company- Medical Systems FID #038719 for operation of a facility that manufactures hypodermic needles, syringes, and related medical components and devices (SIC 3841) located at 1852 10th Avenue in Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska. The potential emissions of regulated air pollutants (in tons per year (tpy)) at this facility will be: 1.16 tpy of Particulate Matter (PM), 1.16 tpy of PM ≤ 10 microns (PM10), 0.08 tpy PM ≤ 2.5 microns (PM2.5), 0.03 tpy Sulfur Dioxide, 4.85 tpy Oxides of Nitrogen, 4.08 tpy Carbon Monoxide, 56.84 tpy Volatile Organic Compounds, 36.61 tpy of Iso-Octanes (largest quantity individual Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAP), 43.65 tpy total HAPs, and 11,294.94 tpy Greenhouse Gases CO2 equivalents (CO2e).

Platte County meets the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for those pollutants subject to a NAAQS and is expected to continue in that status. Platte County is unclassifiable in regard 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 NDEQ proposes to issue a Class I operating permit with specific conditions, based on Title 129, which:

  1. Require a facility specific emissions limit for surface coating operations subject to hazardous air pollutant regulations,
  2. Require operation of an emissions capture system and control device on two metal needle surface coating emission units,
  3. Require continuous monitoring of the emissions capture and control systems,
  4. Require detailed calculations of emissions,
  5. Require development and implementation of a work practices plan for the metal cannula and needle surface coating operations,
  6. Require development of a plan for startup, shutdown, and malfunction of the emissions capture and control systems,
  7. Set emission limits and fuel specifications for two new diesel engines, and
  8. Require detailed recordkeeping and reporting for all emission units.

The proposed permit and supporting materials are available for inspection by the public October 17, 2017 through November 16, 2017 at the office of the NDEQ, Suite 400, 1200 "N" Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, and electronically at 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 . Individuals requiring special accommodations or alternate formats of materials should notify the NDEQ by calling (402) 471-2186. TDD users should call (800) 833-7352 and ask the relay operator to call the NDEQ at (402) 471-2186. For further information, to submit comments, or request a hearing you may contact the NDEQ by email “” 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 Pamela Ann Rzodkiewicz at (402) 471-2186. Petitions should be mailed to:

Cathy Stepp – Acting Regional Administrator, US EPA Region VII
Attn: Air Permitting & Compliance Branch
11201 Renner Boulevard, Lenexa, KS 66219