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Air Pollution From the Empire State Newsprint Project

The potential emissions from this facility will exceed the major source thresholds for all of the PSD (Prevention of Significant Deterioration) regulated pollutants. The facility is located in a non-attainment area for ozone. Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are precursors to ozone formation. Therefore the facility will need to meet the most stringent lowest achievable emissions rate (LAER) requirements for the emissions of NOx and VOCs.

Pollutant
Potential to Emit
Significant Emmission Threshold
NOx (Nitrous Oxide): 224.2 tons/year 100
VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds): 162.7 tons/year 50
SO2 (Sulfur Dioxide) : 155 tons/year 40
PM 10 (Particulate Matter < 10 micron): 258 tons/year 15
CO (Carbon Monoxide): 150.8 tons/year 100
H2SO4 ( Sulfuric Acid): 60.1 tons/year 7
NH3 (Ammonia slip): 115.4 tons/year N/A

Total Criteria Pollutants: 1.12 Million Pounds per Year

Pollution Credits: Besicorp will need to acquire 258 emissions offsets for NOx and 188 emissions offsets for VOCs


"On a peak traffic scenario, it is estimated that there could be up to 28 trucks on the papermill site plus 5 distillate tank-trucks at the Cogen site, with 50% of the tractors idling and 50% shut down. Therefore, there could be up to 18 diesel engines running and idling during the Wednesday noon-hour time period." (Appendix G-6 - Amec Memo)


For more information or to view photosimulations of the project, see contact below.

Eric Daillie, Project coordinator - Rensselaer County Greens. Tel: (518) 273-8970 - E-mail: edaillie@nycap.rr.com