17 3MW diesel generators are a new air pollution source, Vantage applies for 51 MW in Quincy WA

One of the things you need to do in the USA to build a data center is get an air permit from the state ecological department.  An example is the Vantage Data Center's new data center construction in Quincy, WA.  As part of the process there is a public hearing phase that describes the project.



Comments accepted July 30 through September 10, 2012

The State of Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has received application to construct a new air pollution source. Vantage Data Centers Management Company, LLC, 2625 Walsh Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95051, has proposed to build Vantage Data Centers located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Road 11 NW and Road O NW, Quincy in Grant County. The mailing address for the Vantage Data Centers in Quincy is 2101 M Street, Quincy, WA 98848.

Vantage Data Centers will contain four main data center buildings once it is fully constructed, and will install and operate up to 17 diesel engines that will power 3.0 megawatt electrical generators for a total of 51 megawatts of emergency backup electrical power. Diesel engines generate criteria and toxic air contaminants which have been evaluated. Diesel engine exhaust particulate (DEEP) emissions were reviewed under a Second Tier Health Impact Assessment to evaluate health risks posed by the project. After review of the completed Notice of Construction application and other information on file with the agency, Ecology has decided that this project proposal will conform to all requirements as specified in Chapter 173-400 WAC. After review of the Second Tier Health Impact Assessment, Ecology concluded that impacts to the community due to the Vantage Data Centers will meet the protective requirements contained in Chapter 173-460 WAC.

Copies of the Notice of Construction Preliminary Determination, the Second Tier Petition Recommendation, and supporting application documents are available for public review at Department of Ecology, Eastern Regional Office, 4601 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205-1295, and at the City of Quincy, 104 B Street SW, Quincy, WA 98848.

The public is invited to attend a public hearing that has been scheduled to start at 5:15 PM on September 6, 2012 in the upstairs meeting room at the Quincy City Hall located at 104 B Street SW in Quincy. The public hearing will include presentations followed by a question and answer session starting at 5:30 PM. Public comment will be taken starting promptly at 6:30 PM. In addition to public comments taken at the public hearing, the public is invited to comment on this project proposal prior to the public hearing. Comments accepted July 30 through

September 10, 2012. Submit comments to Beth Mort at Ecology's Spokane Office, 4601

N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205-1295, or email beth.mort@ecy.wa.gov, or 509 329-3502.