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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AND COMMENT PERIOD

The Office of Air Resources offers an opportunity for public comment regarding its proposal to issue a Major Source Permit to Ridgewood Rhode Island Generation, LLC (Ridgewood). Ridgewood has applied to increase allowable air pollution emissions from its facility by installing four additional, landfill gas-fired engine-generator sets at its existing facility at 65 Shun Pike, Johnston, RI.

The existing facility consists of eleven landfill gas fired engine-generator sets and an emergency generator. The proposed project will add four engine-generator sets also fired by landfill gas. The Office of Air Resources has determined that if the facility is constructed and operated in the manner described in the application, it will comply with applicable state and federal air pollution control rules and regulations. Therefore the Office of Air Resources is proposing to issue a Major Source Permit to Ridgewood Rhode Island Generation. The Office of Air Resources has prepared a draft permit for public review and comment.

The Office of Air Resources has reviewed Ridgewood Rhode Island Generation's application for a Major Source Permit. This application details the air quality modeling and other analyses performed, as well as the equipment and procedures proposed to be used to comply with applicable state and federal air pollution control rules and regulations. The Office of Air Resources has determined the proposed NOx emission rate of 0.5 grams/brake horsepower-hour represents the Lowest Achievable Emission Rate (LAER). Ridgewood Rhode Island Generation has arranged to obtain the required 52 tons of NOx emission offsets. Air quality modeling performed by the applicant demonstrated that the maximum predicted impacts for the proposed facility for will not cause or contribute to air pollution in violation of the applicable National Ambient Air Quality Standards or in excess of the allowable PSD increments or in excess of Acceptable Ambient Levels for toxic air contaminants.

The draft Major Source Permit and supporting documentation may be viewed during normal business hours (8:30 AM to 4:00 PM) at the Office of Air Resources. For a copy of the draft Major Source Permit, a fact sheet further describing the project or for more information contact Douglas McVay at 401-222-2808 (toll free 1-800-752-8088, TDD 401-831-5508). A copy of the draft Major Source Permit, the fact sheet further describing the project and the technical review document are also available for viewing or downloading on the DEM website (www.dem.ri.gov).

The public comment period for this draft permit begins today and continues until 2 December 2004. A public hearing for interested persons to appear and submit written or oral comments on the draft permit will be held in Room 300 at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management's offices, 235 Promenade Street, Providence, Rhode Island on 2 December 2004 at 7:00 PM, at which time interested parties will be heard.

Written comments, to be considered part of the administrative record must be submitted during the public comment period. Written comments may be mailed or e-mailed to the Office of Air Resources and received no later than 4:00 PM, 2 December 2004, at which time the public comment period will close unless extended by the Hearing Officer. The mailing address for comments is:

Douglas McVay, Associate Supervising Engineer
Department of Environmental Management
Office of Air Resources
235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908-5767

The e-mail address for comments is: doug.mcvay@dem.ri.gov

Room 300 at 235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI is accessible to those with disabilities. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the Office of Air Resources at the telephone numbers above at least three business days prior to the hearing.

Signed this 27th day of October

Stephen Majkut, Chief
Office of Air Resources

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