Atlantic Sunrise Hearing Scheduled, Comment Period Opens

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On July 22, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) opened a comment period on July 22, 2017 for feedback on an Air Quality Plan Approval for construction activities related to the proposed Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Project. This comment period is related only to air emissions from pipeline construction activities in Lancaster County, and no decisions on the applications for Chp. 102 and Chp. 105 permits for the project have been reached.

The Air Quality Plan Approval would allow transfer of 106 tons of nitrogen oxide Emission Reduction Credits to offset construction activities in Lancaster County, which is considered a non-attainment area for nitrogen oxide. Emissions offsets are required for the project to comply with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s General Conformity Determination. The emissions reductions credits would be sourced from a Harford County, MD resource recovery facility.

The comment period will conclude at 4:30 PM on August 21, 2017. Comments may be submitted to DEP by mail at Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, 400 Market Street, 12th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8468, or by e-mail at DEP is only considering comments regarding the appropriateness of the location of where the emissions reductions credits were obtained and the amount used to offset emissions from the Atlantic Sunrise project construction activities in Lancaster County.

In other news, A public hearing on the Air Quality Plan Approval will be will be held on August 14, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the Lancaster Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA 17601. Oral testimony will be limited to three minutes per person. Individuals wishing to offer testimony are asked to pre-register no later than Friday, August 11, 2017. Contact John Repetz by email at to register.

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