The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will host a public hearing Tuesday on the proposed coal ash beneficiation project at the Duke Energy Progress’ H.F. Lee Steam Electric Plant.
The hearing will be held in Goldsboro at the Wayne Community College Moffatt Auditorium.
Members of the public will be allowed to provide feedback on the plan to construct a fly ash processing facility at the H.F. Lee plant.
Duke Energy Progress’ application for the facility was reviewed by the DAQ to determine compliance with air pollution regulations.
The preliminary determination from DAQ was that the project could be approved if certain conditions are met, resulting in the issuance of an air permit.
The proposed project would include a dry scrubber with the capacity to process 400,000 tons of fly ash a year, or 75 tons an hour, and would require testing at set intervals that was the result of a composite of three valid test runs.
Duke Energy Progress’ plan is to construct a system of five combustion turbine generators operating in a simple cycle, in addition to the three other turbine generators already in use.
The Staged Turbulent Air Reactor system that will be used to clean the air of fly ash will work by passing the air through a number of systems meant to pull the particulates from the air.
The system put out air with contaminants that are below 10 microns and some compounds at less than 2.5 microns.
Oral comments will be heard at the hearing but for those that cannot make it to the hearing written comments can be submitted until July 13, 2018 by email.
Written comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with “H.F. Lee Coal Ash Beneficiation Application” in the subject line.
Comments can also be mailed to: Mr. Ed Martin, NC DEQ Division of Air Quality, 1641 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1641