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EPD to Host Q&A Session and Public Hearing in Albany on Procter and Gamble’s Air Qual

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(ATLANTA – October 15, 2013) – The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) will host a forum Thursday, October 24 in Albany to answer questions and also receive formal comments regarding a modification to Procter and Gamble Product Company’s Air Quality Permit. Procter and Gamble operates a paper products manufacturing plant in Albany located at 512 Liberty Expressway Southeast.

The meetings, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude no later than 8:30 p.m., will be held at the Bill Miller Community Center. The center is located at 312 Vick St in Albany.

The purpose of the question and answer session is to present information and to answer questions about the air quality permitting review process for the proposed permit modification. EPD will follow the Q&A session with a public hearing to receive formal comments regarding the proposed permit modification.

“Procter and Gamble’s request to modify its current operating permit is something the residents in the Albany community should know more about,” said Eric Cornwell, manager of the Stationary Source Permitting Program of EPD’s Air Protection Branch. “This public forum will provide this information. And, we will consider all air quality related comments prior to making a decision whether to recommend the permit modification requested by Procter and Gamble.”

The primary purpose of this permit amendment is to allow physical modifications to construct and operate a circulating fluidized bed biomass cogeneration boiler with a maximum heat input capacity of 1,037 MMBtu/hr*. The modifications include construction and operation of a 1,037 MMBtu/hr circulating fluidized bed biomass cogeneration boiler including a biomass storage pile, a sorbent storage silo, a fly ash storage silo, and a cooling tower. The Georgia EPD is preparing the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permit in accordance with PSD regulations of the Clean Air Act.
EPD has made a copy of the Procter and Gamble application available for review at the Georgia EPD Southwest District Office, 2024 Newton Road, in Albany, along with a copy of the draft permit and PSD Preliminary Determination. EPD also has placed electronic files of the application, draft Title V permit, and PSD Preliminary Determination on its internet site: http://www.georgiaair.org/airpermit/html/permits/psd/main.html.

-Please send written and email comments to the following addresses by October 29, 2013:
Written comments to:
Georgia EPD Air Protection Branch
Attn: Eric Cornwell
4244 International Parkway
Suite 120
Atlanta, Ga. 30354

Email comments to: epdcomments@dnr.state.ga.us
Please include “Procter and Gamble PSD Modification” in the subject line.
For information on the permit application/modification or review process, please contact Eric Cornwell, 404-363-7020, or David Matos, 404-363-7127. For information about the Q&A session and public hearing, please contact Thomas Smith, 404-362-2790.

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