The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) issued the Title V permit for the Bridgeport Harbor Station power plant on October 31, 2012.
This action comes following a 45-day review process by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). DEEP is authorized to issue the permit as there were no objections from EPA.
Bridgeport Harbor Station, which is owned and operated by PSEG Power Connecticut, LLC, is located at 1 Atlantic Street, Bridgeport. The facility consists primarily of three electric generating units (EGUs): a 170 MW residual oil-fired cyclone unit; a 410 MW dual-fired unit (coal and oil); and a 22 MW combustion turbine. The original Title V permit for the Bridgeport Harbor Station facility was issued in 2001, and the first renewal was issued in 2007.
A Title V permit is a facility-wide operating permit issued after the source has begun to operate. The Title V permit combines all state and federal Clean Air Act the requirements in a single document with clearly defined compliance reporting provisions.
The Title V program is intended to enhance compliance by providing a single, comprehensive statement of all the air pollution control requirements that apply to a facility. In issuing the Title V permit, the Department does not change the level of pollution control from that provided in New Source Review (NSR) permits or current state and federal air quality regulations and laws. A Title V permit does not independently create any additional legal requirements.
DEEP accepted comments on a draft permit and is now is proposing to finalize the permit in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations.
PSEG submitted an application to renew the Title V permit for Bridgeport Harbor Station on February 9, 2011. DEEP issued its tentative determination to approve the permit application on January 13, 2012. Upon receipt of requests for an informational hearing on the tentative determination, DEEP held an informational hearing on May 14, 2012 in Bridgeport, and the public comment period closed on May 21, 2012. A proposed Title V permit based on public comment was issued on September 13, 2012. This action triggered a 45-day review process by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA did not object to the proposed permit thereby authorizing DEEP to issue the permit.
Members of the public offered comment – either at the hearing or in writing to DEEP - on a number of issues. The Department responded to all of the comments in a written report and made appropriate revisions to the proposed permit in response to comments.
The final permit, and other documents related to this matter can be found at www.ct.gov/deep/bridgeportharborstation