North River Wastewater Treatment Plant Cogeneration and Electrification Project
The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has started work on a project to replace the ten existing engines that power the North River Wastewater Treatment Plant (North River Plant). These engines are are approaching the end of their useful life and will be replaced with newer and more efficient electric motors and a new cogeneration facility consisting of 5 new dual fuel (natural and digester gas) engines. The new engines will have an overall positive effect on air quality in the area surrounding the North River Plant by significantly reducing emissions of nitrogen-oxides (NOx), CO, GHGs, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and air toxics emissions.
For the project to advance, DEP is required to file a Title V Facility Air Permit modification from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) for the operation of the proposed upgraded cogeneration plant. As part of this permitting process, a Public Participation Plan was implemented, which included a public briefing on May 8, 2013 at the Manhattan Community Board 9 and a Public Information Session on June 13, 2013. Documents prepared for and distributed at those meetings are listed below.
DEP has submitted the Public Participation Plan certification document to the NYSDEC. Included in the submission are the following documents: