Air Quality Hearing

This public hearing, hosted by the PA DEP, will address a plan by Williams, the builder of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline, to offset air pollution created during construction.

A public comment period on the proposal will close at 4:30 pm on Aug. 21.

Comments may be mailed to Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, 400 Market St., 12th Floor, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17105. Or comments may be sent by e-mail to RA-epaircomments@pa.gov.

More information on the purpose of the hearing and its ramifications can be found here, in an article by Ad Crable for LancasterOnline.com. Crable writes,

"Because Lancaster County is out of compliance for federal and state limits for smog and soot, projects cannot worsen the air here. The pipeline would exceed the limits for nitrogen oxides, a precursor for smog.

According to Williams, those emissions would be generated by construction equipment, on-road and off-road vehicles, earthmoving and construction storage piles.

To offset the estimated 133.5 tons of nitrogen oxides that would be generated, the Transcontinental Pipe Line Company — a subsidiary of Atlantic Sunrise builder Williams Partners — proposes to use what are called emission reduction credits.

Williams earned credits when it improved air pollution from one of its compression stations on the existing Transco pipeline in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Pollution from the Maryland site is assumed to affect Lancaster County’s air quality, so Williams says the reduction from that project will offset the pollution increase from the new pipeline project here."

 

SIGN UP TO SPEAK! Individuals wishing to offer testimony are asked to pre-register no later than Friday, August 11, 2017. Contact John Repetz at 717-705-4904, or jrepetz@pa.gov to register. Oral testimony will be limited to three (3) minutes per person.

WHEN
August 14, 2017 at 6:30pm - 9:30pm
WHERE
Lancaster Farm and Home Center
1383 Arcadia Rd
Lancaster, PA 17601
United States
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