REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS
ON DRAFT AIR PERMIT
REGULATING THE EMISSIONS OF AIR POLLUTANTS
(Docket No. 18-CA-PA-03)
Pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS), Chapter 342B-13 and Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), Chapter 11-60.1, the Department of Health, State of Hawaii (DOH), is requesting public comments on the following DRAFT PERMIT presently under review for:
Covered Source Permit (CSP) No. 0234-01-C
Application for a Significant Modification No. 0234-04
Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (HELCO)
Two (2) Boilers, One (1) Combustion Turbine, and Four (4) Diesel Engines
Kanoelehua Hill Generating Station
Located At: Hilo, Hawaii
UTM Coordinates: 284,300 Meters East, 2,179,800 Meters North, Zone 5
The DRAFT PERMIT is described as follows:
The significant modification amends the permit to incorporate provisions specified for Boilers Hill 5 and Hill 6 in Hawaii’s Regional Haze Federal Implementation Plan (RH-FIP) and the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for area source boilers. The amendment also updates fuel, opacity/visible emissions, compliance certification, annual emissions, and annual fee requirements.
Pursuant to Hawaii’s RH-FIP, the amendment incorporates a 3,550 ton per year sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions cap specified as the sum of the total emissions from five (5) boilers at three (3) HELCO power plants on the island of Hawaii. The purpose of the limit is to ensure reasonable progress for improving visibility in mandatory Class I areas. Hawaii’s two mandatory Class I Areas are Haleakala National Park on Maui and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island (Hawaii). Affected units are Kanoelehua Hill Generating Station, Boilers Hill 5 and Hill 6; Puna Power Plant, Boiler, and Shipman Power Plant, Boilers S-3 and S-4. Since the Shipman Generating Station closed, the cap applies only to the Kanoelehua Hill and Puna facilities.
Kanoelehua Hill Generating Station, Boilers Hill 5 and Hill 6, must also meet NESHAP requirements applicable to units located at an area source of hazardous air pollutants. Primary provisions in this NESHAP are five (5) year boiler tune-ups.
Boilers Hill 5 and Hill 6 are subject to the provisions of 40 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 52 – Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans, Subpart M – Hawaii, §52.633, Visibility Protection and 40 CFR Part 63, NESHAP for Source Categories, Subpart JJJJJJ, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers.
The ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD, consisting of the APPLICATION and non-confidential supporting material from the applicant, the permit review summary, and the DRAFT PERMIT, is available for public inspection during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at the following locations:
Clean Air Branch, Department of Health
2827 Waimano Home Road
Hale Ola Building, Room 130
Pearl City, Hawaii 96782
Hilo: Hawaii District Health Office, Department of Health
1582 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Kona: Sanitation Branch, Department of Health
79-1020 Haukapila Street, Room 115, Kealakekua, Hawaii 96750
Maui District Health Office, Department of Health
54 High Street, Room 300, Wailuku, Maui 96793
Kauai District Health Office, Department of Health
3040 Umi Street, Lihue, Kauai 96766
All comments on the draft permit and any request for a public hearing must be in writing, addressed to the Clean Air Branch at the above address on Oahu and must be postmarked or received by March 29, 2018.
Any person may request a public hearing by submitting a written request that explains the party’s interest and the reasons why a hearing is warranted. The DOH may hold a public hearing if a hearing would aid in DOH’s decision. If a public hearing is warranted, a public notice for the hearing will be published at least thirty (30) days in advance of the hearing.
Interested persons may obtain copies of the administrative record or parts thereof by paying five (5) cents per page copying costs. Please send written requests to the Oahu office of the Clean Air Branch listed above or call Mr. Michael Madsen at the Clean Air Branch office at (808) 586-4200. Electronic copies of the draft permit and permit review may be found online at
Comments on the draft permit should address, but need not be limited to, the permit conditions and the facility’s compliance with federal and state air pollution laws, including: (1) the National and State Ambient Air Quality Standards; and (2) HRS, Chapter 342B and HAR, Chapter 11-60.1.
DOH will make a final decision on the permit after considering all comments and will send notice of the final decision to each person who has submitted comments or requested such notice.
Virginia Pressler, M.D.
Director of Health