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June 14, 2017
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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, for a Class II Operating Permit for Laurel Municipal Power Plant (FID#04880) for four (4) dual fuel internal combustion engines for electric power generation, transmission, or distribution (Standard Industrial Classification code 4911) located at 101 East 1st Street in the city of Laurel, Cedar County, Nebraska. The potential emissions of regulated air pollutants (in tons per year (tpy)) at this facility will be: 1.90 tpy of Particulate Matter (PM), 1.75 tpy of PM ≤ 10 microns (PM10), 1.70 tpy PM ≤ 2.5 microns (PM2.5), 0.05 tpy Sulfur Dioxide, 98 tpy Oxides of Nitrogen, 35.53 tpy Carbon Monoxide, 6.13 tpy Volatile Organic Compounds, 1.69 tpy of Formaldehyde (largest quantity individual Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAP), 2.44 tpy total HAPs, and 5,008.65 tpy Greenhouse Gases CO2 equivalents (CO2e).

Cedar County meets the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for those pollutants subject to a NAAQS and is expected to continue in that status. Cedar 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 II Operating Permit with specific conditions, based on Title 129, which authorizes limiting NOx emissions to 98 tpy; limiting the kWh generated to 6,456,901kWh in any 12 consecutive month period; limiting the MW-hr generated for Engine Unit #7 to 5411MKW-hr when combusting dual fuel and 5056 MKW-hr when combusting #2 diesel fuel; restricting fuel usage to diesel fuel or dual fuel; and requiring recordkeeping and reporting.

The proposed permit and supporting materials are available for inspection by the public June 14, 2017 through July 14, 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.