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Air Quality Permit Proposed for Shell

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10

Public Notice: Air Quality Permit Proposed for Shell to Operate the
Frontier Discoverer Drillship in the Chukchi Sea, Alaska


PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: JANUARY 8, 2010 - FEBRUARY 17, 2010

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeks public comment on a
new modified Clean Air Act permit for Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. (Shell),
3601C St., Ste. 1000, Anchorage, Alaska 99503. EPA first proposed the
permit for public comment on August 20, 2009. After reviewing the
public comments, EPA decided to propose a new modified permit for public
comment. The permit would allow Shell to operate the Frontier Discoverer
drillship and support fleet for multi-year exploratory oil and gas
drilling within Shell's current lease blocks on the Chukchi Sea outer
continental shelf (OCS), 25 miles beyond Alaska's seaward boundary. The
permit is based on non-guideline ISC3-PRIME modeling system used to
predict air pollutant concentrations, the same model relied on in the
August 2009 proposed permit. Because the operations would be a "major"
source of air pollutants, the permit requires operations to meet
Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program requirements. The
permit has been modified to address issues raised by commenters,
including changes requested by Shell. Overall, the changes result in a
total decrease in emissions of all PSD pollutants compared to the August
2009 permit.


PUBLIC HEARING AND PUBLIC COMMENT
EPA has scheduled a public hearing to receive public comments on the new
modified proposed OCS/PSD air quality permit. Oral comments can be given
in person during the public hearing in Barrow. Communities can also
participate in the public hearing by teleconference at the North Slope
Borough teleconference centers in Wainwright, Point Lay, Point Hope and
Atqasuk. Written comments can be submitted by mail or e-mail. Oral
comments can also be recorded on cassette tape or CD and submitted by
mail.

SEND PERMIT COMMENTS BY FEBRUARY 17, 2010 TO:
E-mail: R10ocsairpermits@epa.gov
Mail: Shell Chukchi Air Permit, EPA Region 10, 1200 6th Ave, Ste. 900,
AWT-107, Seattle, WA 98101
Fax: 206-553-0110

EPA is re-proposing the permit in its entirety and will not be
responding to comments on the August 2009 proposed permit. If you
believe that your comments on the August 2009 proposed permit have not
been addressed by the new modified proposed permit and statement of
basis, you can resubmit those specific un-addressed comments.

Comments must be postmarked by February 17, 2010, by mail or e-mail to
the addresses above.

PUBLIC HEARING - BARROW
6:00 pm, February 16, 2010, Inupiat Heritage Center, Barrow, Alaska


PERMIT DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE
The permit record includes Shell's application and all supplemental
information, all documents in the record for the first proposed permit,
the new proposed permit and statement of basis, and all other materials
relied on by EPA. The permit record is available at the EPA Region 10
Library at 1200 6th Ave, Seattle, Wash. EPA Library hours are 9 am-12 pm
and 1 pm-4 pm Monday-Friday. The permit application, proposed permit,
and permit statement of basis will be available at the additional
locations listed below.

EPA Alaska Office, Federal Building, 222 West 7th Ave, Anchorage, Alaska
(907-271-5083)
Barrow City Office, 2022 Ahkovak Street, Barrow, Alaska (907-852-4050)
Wainwright City Office, 1217 Airport Road, Wainwright, Alaska
(907-763-2815)
Atqasuk City Office, 5010 Ekosik Street, Atqasuk, Alaska (907-633-6811)
Kali School Library, 1029 Ugrak Ave, Point Lay, Alaska (907-833-2312)
Point Hope City Office, 530 Natchiq Street, Point Hope, Alaska
(907-368-2537)
EPA air permit web site:
www.yosemite.epa.gov/R10/airpage.nsf/Permits/chukchiap

For more information about the public hearing or comment period, to
request a copy of the permit documents, or to be added to EPA's Chukchi
or Beaufort permits mailing lists, contact Suzanne Skadowski, EPA
community involvement coordinator, at 206-553-6689 or
skadowski.suzanne@epa.gov.

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