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Posted on Dec 17, 2015

Comments sought on changes to Sabey’s air permit

Staff report
Sabey Intergrate in Quincy is proposing to modify an existing air permit, which will require a public comment period.
The Department of Ecology is seeking comments on the changes to Sabey’s original permit, issued in 2011. Comments will be accepted through Jan. 10.
The original permit allows operation of up to 44 backup generators that run on diesel fuel. Diesel engine exhaust contains fine particles and other gases that can cause health problems for people who are exposed frequently and at high enough levels.
The Sabey data center uses cooling units to keep equipment from overheating, as well as backup diesel generators in case of power outages.
The proposed changes to the permit include flexibility for potential use of smaller generators and improvements on testing procedures, according to Ecology. It also allows a longer term for phased growth and adds clarification to certain conditions. Additional conditions to protect public health from air pollution include limits on the amount of fuel and number of hours the engines can operate, according to Ecology. The revised permit can be reviewed at:

Ecology’s website

Ecology’s Eastern Regional Office, 4601 N. Monroe, Spokane

Quincy City Hall, 104 B St. S.W.

Quincy Public Library, 208 Central Ave. S.

Comments and questions on the draft air permit should be emailed to Kari Johnson at kari.johnson@ecy.wa.gov. Or mail the comments to Johnson at the Department of Ecology, Air Quality Program, 4601 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205.
Ecology will review the comments and respond to each in a formal report. The report is published within a month after the comment period ends and then will be available online, at city hall and at the library.

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