REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS
ON DRAFT AIR PERMITS
REGULATING THE EMISSIONS OF AIR POLLUTANTS
(Docket No. 20-CA-PA-13)
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 PERMITS presently under review for:
(1) Amendment of Covered Source Permit (CSP) No. 0212-01-C
Application for Significant Modification No. 0212-57
Par Hawaii Refining, LLC
Par East Refinery
Located At: 91-325 Komohana Street, Kapolei, Oahu
(2) Amendment of Covered Source Permit (CSP) No. 0088-01-C
Application for Significant Modification No. 0088-33
Par Hawaii Refining, LLC
Par West Refinery
Located At: 91-480 Malakole Street, Kapolei, Oahu
The DRAFT PERMITS are described as follows:
The permit amendments incorporate GHG emission caps in accordance with HAR, Chapter 11-60.1, Subchapter 11, to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from affected facilities. Affected facilities are permitted covered sources with potential carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions (biogenic plus nonbiogenic) equal to or greater than 100,000 short tons per year.
Pursuant to HAR, Chapter 11-60.1, Subchapter 11, the amendments incorporate provisions for partnering between the Par East and Par West Refineries to combine emissions for flexibility in achieving the GHG reductions. Individual and total combined GHG emission caps in each facility’s GHG emission reduction plan are specified in the permits. Each facility may exceed its individual cap as long as the total combined emissions are reduced sixteen percent (16%) or more from the total combined CO2e baseline emissions level. Calendar year 2007 emissions were used for the baseline to establish a GHG emissions cap for the Par East Refinery. For the Par West Refinery, calendar year 2009 emissions were used for the baseline to establish the GHG emissions cap. Biogenic carbon dioxide emissions are excluded in determining compliance with the CO2e emissions caps.
(1) The significant modification of CSP No. 0212-01-C will grant conditional approval to incorporate an individual CO2e emissions cap of 616,288 metric tons (679,341 short tons) per calendar year that applies specifically to the Par East Refinery and a total combined CO2e emissions cap of 908,837 metric tons (1,001,821 short tons) per calendar year in partnering with Par West Refinery. The amendment designates CSP No. 0212-01-C for the Par East Refinery as the main permit to specify individual and total combined GHG emission caps. This will enable modification of a single permit if the GHG emission caps need to be revised and reduce the burden of modifying all partnering facility permits had the caps been incorporated into each facility’s permit separately.
(2) The significant modification of CSP No. 0088-01-C will grant conditional approval to incorporate an individual CO2e emissions cap of 292,549 metric tons (322,480 short tons) per calendar year that applies specifically to the Par West Refinery and a total combined CO2e emission cap in partnering with the Par East Refinery of 908,837 metric tons (1,001,821 short tons) per calendar year. The Par West Refinery permit will reference permit conditions in the Par East Refinery permit for its individual and the total combined CO2e emission caps.
The ADMINISTRATIVE RECORDS, consisting of the APPLICATIONS, GHG EMISSION REDUCTION PLANS and non-confidential supporting material from the applicant, the permit review summary, and the DRAFT PERMITS, are available for public inspection during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at the following location:
State of Hawaii
Clean Air Branch
2827 Waimano Home Road #130
Pearl City, HI 96782
All comments on the draft permits 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 January 26, 2021.
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. Mike Madsen at the Clean Air Branch office at (808) 586-4200. Electronic copies of the draft permits, permit application reviews, permit applications, and GHG emission reduction plans may be found online at http://health.hawaii.gov/cab/public-notices/.
Comments on the draft permits 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 permits after considering all comments and will send notice of the final decision to each person who has submitted comments or requested such notice.
Elizabeth A. Char, M.D.
Director of Health