BELPRE - The Ohio EPA will hold a public hearing on a draft air permit for Kraton Polymers at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Washington County Public Library, 2012 Washington Blvd.
Kraton plans to replace two existing coal-fired boilers with two new boilers at the Belpre plant.
The company plans to fire the new boilers with natural gas, distillate oil and naphtha, a flammable liquid mixture of hydrocarbons that is generally used as a solvent in chemical industries.
Before issuing the permit, Ohio EPA reviewed the company's application to ensure emissions would comply with federal and state air pollution control standards, laws and regulations. The draft air permit establishes emission limits to protect public health and the environment.
The permit would allow facility-wide emissions to change.
Net emissions would substantially decrease for nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and particulate matter. Additionally, there would be a significant net emissions increase in carbon monoxide.
The permit also is available online and arrangements can be made to review or copy the permit and related material at the above address by calling (740) 385-8501.
The proposed allowable air emissions rate for carbon monoxide under the draft permit is 163.6 tons per year. This would require the facility to implement best available control technologies and comply with stringent hourly carbon monoxide emissions limitations.
The public can submit comments for the record about the draft air permit during the hearing. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain additional information that will be considered before Ohio EPA issues or denies a final air permit.
The agency will equally consider written comments on the permit through Dec. 21. Comments can be sent to Chad Ferguson at email@example.com or Ohio EPA Southeast District Office, 2195 Front Street, Logan, OH 43138. Interested parties also may write to this address for more information.