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Shell Chukchi Sea Air Permit

Air quality permit re-proposed for Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. to operate the Frontier Discoverer Drillship in the Chukchi Sea, Alaska

Go to http://yosemite.epa.gov/R10/airpage.nsf/Permits/chukchiap/ for more complete information and to download documents.

Summary
EPA is proposing a new modified permit for public comment, due to substantial changes needed to the proposed permit, including changes needed to address the public comments. The new comment period begins January 8, 2010 and ends February 17, 2010. The public comment period for the August 2009 proposed air permit closed on October 20, 2009.The proposed Clean Air Act permit would allow Shell to operate the Frontier Discoverer and its associated support vessels to explore for oil and gas within its current leases on the Chukchi Sea outer continental shelf (OCS). The lease areas to be explored are all beyond 25 miles from Alaska's seaward boundary west of Wainwright and north of Point Lay. Because the drillship operations are a "major" source, the permit must ensure that the operations meet the requirements of the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program. The proposed permit is based on a non-guideline ISC3-PRIME modeling system used to predict air pollutant concentrations. The permit and support documents have been modified to address issues raised by commenters, including changes requested by Shell. Overall, total emissions of all pollutants regulated under the new modified proposed permit are lower compared to the August 2009 permit. The proposed permit is based on a non-guideline ISC3-PRIME modeling system used to predict air pollutant concentrations, the same model relied on in the August 2009 proposed permit.

New Modified Proposed Air Quality Permit

New Modified Proposed Air Permit Public Notice and Information Sheet (PDF) (4 pp. 234K)
January 2010 Proposed Permit (PDF) (56 pp. 238K)
January 2010 Statement of Basis for the Proposed Permit (PDF) (160 pp. 1.9MB)

Public Hearing
Date: February 16, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Inupiat Heritage Center, Barrow, Alaska

EPA managers and staff will participate in the public hearing by teleconference from EPA offices in Seattle, Washington. The EPA hearing officer will be at the public hearing location in Barrow. Facilities for participating in the public hearing by teleconference will be available at the North Slope Borough teleconference centers in Wainwright, Point Lay, Point Hope and Atqasuk.

How to Comment on the New Modified Proposed Permit

All comments must be postmarked by February 17, 2010
by e-mail to: R10ocsairpermits@epa.gov OR
by mail to: Shell Chukchi Air Permit, EPA Region 10, 1200 6th Ave, Ste. 900, AWT-107, Seattle, WA 98101.

EPA is re-proposing the permit in its entirety and will not be taking any further action on the initial August 2009 draft of the proposed permit. If you believe any condition of this proposed permit is not appropriate, you must comment on the permit and raise all reasonably ascertainable issues and all reasonably available arguments that support your position. Any supporting materials you submit must be included in full and not by reference unless they are already part of the permit record or are generally available. EPA will not be responding to public comments on the initial August 2009 proposed permit. If you believe that comments you provided on the initial proposed permit have not been addressed by the new modified proposed permit and statement of basis, you may resubmit those specific un-addressed comments for the new proposed permit.

Shell Permit Application Materials:

Date: Document: Index File Index of Permit Application Materials (PDF) (5 pp. 40K) Dec 11, 2008 Shell Offshore Inc. - Initial application (PDF) (80pp., 2MB) Feb 23, 2009 Shell Offshore Inc. - Replacement Application - Cover letter (PDF) (18 pp. 69K) Feb 23, 2009 Shell Offshore Inc. - Replacement Application - Revised Application (PDF) (107 pp. 1.4MB) Feb 23, 2009 Shell Offshore Inc. - Replacement Application - Appendices A-G (PDF) (431 pp. 9.9MB) Note: This document is large and may take a long time to download with a 56K modem. May 18, 2009 Shell Offshore Inc. - Response to March 12 EPA Letter of Incompleteness (PDF) (86 pp. 804K) May 29, 2009 Shell Offshore Inc. - Updated response to March 12 EPA Letter of Incompleteness (PDF) (110 pp. 884K) June 1, 2009 Shell Offshore Inc. - Supplemental Response - Additional Impact Analyses (PDF) (50 pp. 663K) August 20, 2009 Additional Permit Application Materials (PDF) (525 pp. 7MB) Note: This document is large and may take a long time to download. Index File Index of Supplemental Permit Application Submittals September - Dec 2009 (PDF) (2 pp. 25K) Dec 22, 2009 Supplemental Permit Application Submittals September - Dec 2009 (PDF) (908 pp. 13.2MB) Note: This document is large and may take a long time to download with a 56K modem.

EPA Responses to Initial Shell permit applications: Date: Document: January 16, 2009 EPA Application Incompleteness Determination letter to Shell (PDF) (1 page 28K) January 16, 2009 EPA Application Incompleteness Determination letter to Shell - Attachment A (PDF) (8 pp. 38K) January 16, 2009 EPA Application Incompleteness Determination letter to Shell - Attachment B (PDF) (5 pp. 28K) March 12, 2009 EPA Incompleteness Determination letter to Shell (PDF) (1 page 28K) March 12, 2009 EPA Incompleteness Determination letter to Shell - Attachments A and B (PDF) (6 pp. 33K) July 31, 2009 EPA Completeness Determination letter to Shell (PDF) (1 page 18K)

Other Locations to Review Documents: The permit record includes Shell's application, addendums and all supplemental information, all documents in the record for the first proposed permit, the new modified proposed permit and statement of basis, and all other materials relied on by EPA. The permit record for the new modified proposed permit is available at the EPA Region 10 Library, 1200 6th Ave, Seattle, Wash., 9 am-12 pm and 1 pm-4 pm Monday-Friday. The permit application, the new modified proposed permit and statement of basis, and the first proposed permit and statement of basis will also be available at the locations listed below.

  • 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 Alaska Office, Federal Building, 222 West 7th Ave, Anchorage, Alaska, 907-271-5083
If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive future information about this permit or other OCS permitting in Alaska, contact Suzanne Skadowski (skadowski.suzanne@epa.gov) at (206) 553-6689.

August 2009 Proposed Shell OCS/PSD Air Permit (comment period closed October 20, 2009):

Documents: Proposed Air Permit Information Sheet (PDF) (3 pp. 186K) Proposed Permit (PDF) (50 pp. 250K) Statement of Basis for Proposed Permit (PDF) (86 pp. 716K) Statement of Basis Appendix A (PDF) (21 pp. 314K) Statement of Basis Appendix B (PDF) (20 pp. 219K) Statement of Basis Appendix B: Figures and Tables (PDF) (31 pp. 973K) Printable Public Notice (PDF) (1pp. 24K) - August 20, 2009 Printable Public Notice Extension (PDF) (1 pp. 23K) - October 2, 2009

2009 Public Comments Commenter Submittal Date Comments Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. September 18, 2009 Shell comments on Proposed Discoverer/Chukchi OCS/PSD Permit (PDF) (67 pp. 756K) Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. September 18, 2009 Wainwright Near-Term Ambient Air Quality Monitoring 3rd Quarter Data Report May-July 2009 (PDF) (82 pp. 3.2MB) Cora Akpik September 22, 2009 Cora Apkik's Comments (PDF) (1 page 51K) Marjorie Angashuk September 22, 2009 Marjorie Angashuk's Comments (PDF) (1 page 22K) Linda Leary September 25, 2009 Linda Leary's Comments (PDF) (1 page 35K) EarthJustice September 28, 2009 EarthJustice's request for extension of October 5th comment period deadline for written comments (PDF) (2pp. 24K) Dave Harbour September 28, 2009 Dave Harbour's Comments (PDF) (12 pp. 116K) Doreen Lampe September 28, 2009 Doreen Lampe's (Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope Government) Comments (PDF) (1 page 33K) Native Village of Point Hope September 28, 2009 Native Village of Point Hope's request for extension of October 5th comment period deadline for written comments (PDF) (1 page 17K) Representative Charisse Millett September 28, 2009 Representative Charisse Millett's Comments (PDF) (2 pp. 34K) Resource Development Council for Alaska September 28, 2009 Resource Development Council for Alaska's Comments (PDF) (2 pp. 143K) Compiled Email Comments September 25, 2009 to October 1, 2009 Compiled emailed comments from September 25, 2009 to October 2, 2009 (PDF) (27pp. 208K) Chris Birch, NANA Development Corp. October 1, 2009 Chris Birch's (NANA Development Corp.,) comments (PDF) (6 pp. 162K) John Goll, Minerals Management Service October 2, 2009 John Goll's (Minerals Management Service) comments (PDF) (4 pp. 143K) Steven Borrell, Alaska Miners Association October 5, 2009 Steven Borrell's (Alaska Miners Association) comments (PDF) (1 page 35K) Roger Jenkins October 5, 2009 Roger Jenkins' comments (PDF) (1 page 37K) James Winegarner, Alaska Brooks Range Petroleum Corp October 5, 2009 James Winegarner's (Alaska Brooks Range Petroleum Corp) comments (PDF) (1 page 48K) Shell Gulf of Mexico October 8, 2009 Shell Gulf of Mexico's comments (PDF) (61 pp. 318K) Thomas B. Wood October 8, 2009 Thomas B. Wood's comments {profanity redacted} (PDF) (1 page 31K) Compiled email comments Oct 2-Oct 9, 2009 October 2, 2009 to October 9, 2009 Compiled email comments from October 2, 2009 to October 9, 2009 (PDF) (13 pp. 307K) Mark C. Nelson, ASRC Energy Services Inc. October 13, 2009 Mark C. Nelson's (ASRC Energy Services Inc.) comments (PDF) (2 pp. 113K) Sharon Anderson, Anderson Business Consulting LLC October 13, 2009 Sharon Anderson's (Anderson Business Consulting LLC) comments (PDF) (1 page 68K) Chukchi compiled email comments October 14, 2009 - October 19, 2009 Compiled email comments from October 14, 2009 to October 19, 2009 (PDF) (11 pp. 343K) Chris Bell, PCE Pacific Inc. October 14, 2009 Chris Bell's (PCE Pacific Inc) comments (PDF) (1 page 12K) Brian G. Tomlinson October 16, 2009 Brian G. Tomlinson's comments (PDF) (4 pp. 243K) Wayne Stevens, ASCC October 16, 2009 Wayne Stevens' (Alaska State Chamber of Commerce) comments (PDF) (1 page 364K) AEWC ICAS NSB, Combined Comments October 20, 2009 Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission (AEWC), the Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope (ICAS), and the North Slope Borough's (NSB) combined comments (PDF) (58 pp. 592K) AEWC ICAS NSB, Cover Letter October 20, 2009 AEWC, ICAS, and NSB's comments cover letter (PDF) (4 pp. 252K) AEWC ICAS NSB, Appendix A October 20, 2009 AEWC, ICAS, and NSB's comments Appendix A (PDF) (5 pp. 162K) AEWC ICAS NSB, Appendix I October 20, 2009 AEWC, ICAS, and NSB's comments Appendix I (PDF) (12 pp. 3.9MB) AEWC ICAS NSB, Appendix II October 20, 2009 AEWC, ICAS, and NSB's comments Appendix II (PDF) (19 pp. 6MB) AEWC ICAS NSB, Appendix III part A October 20, 2009 AEWC, ICAS, and NSB's comments Appendix III part A (PDF) (30 pp. 1.4MB) AEWC ICAS NSB, Appendix III part B October 20, 2009 AEWC, ICAS, and NSB's comments Appendix III part B (PDF) (39 pp. 4MB) AEWC ICAS NSB, Appendix III part C October 20, 2009 AEWC, ICAS, and NSB's comments Appendix III part C (PDF) (30 pp. 1MB) AEWC ICAS NSB, Appendix III CARB Diesel Reduction Plan October 20, 2009 AEWC, ICAS, and NSB's comments background material, Appendix III, CARB Diesel Reduction Plan (PDF) (94 pp. 356K) AEWC ICAS NSB, Appendix III EPA Analysis of Cost Effectiveness of Reducing Particulate Matter October 20, 2009 AEWC, ICAS, and NSB's background material, Appendix III, "Diesel Retrofit Technology: An Analysis..." - March 2006 (PDF) (37 pp. 1.1MB) AEWC ICAS NSB, Appendix III Port of LA Technical Report October 20, 2009 AEWC, ICAS, and NSB's background material, Appendix III, Port of Los Angeles Technical Report "Inventory of Air Emissions" - 2007 (PDF) (228 pp. 6MB) AEWC ICAS NSB, Appendix III Stationary Diesel Engines in the NE October 20, 2009 AEWC, ICAS, and NSB's background material, Appendix III, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management's "Stationary Diesel Engines in the Northeast: An Initial Assessment..." (PDF) (167 pp. 1.2MB) AEWC ICAS NSB, Appendix IV part A October 20, 2009 AEWC, ICAS, and NSB's comments Appendix IV part A (PDF) (24 pp. 819K) AEWC ICAS NSB, Appendix IV part B October 20, 2009 AEWC, ICAS, and NSB's comments Appendix IV part B (PDF) (36 pp. 1.4MB) AEWC ICAS NSB, Appendix IV PM2.5 October 20, 2009 AEWC, ICAS, and NSB's background material, Appendix IV, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards' (OAQPS) "Policies for Addressing PM2.5 Precursor Emissions" Presentation - June 2007 (PDF) (18 pp. 144K) AEWC ICAS NSB, Appendix IV EPA Tech Response for PM NAAQS Rule October 20, 2009 AEWC, ICAS, and NSB's background material, Appendix IV, EPA's "Technical Support Document for the Proposed PM NAAQS Rule Response Surface Modeling" (PDF) (48pp., 1MB) AEWC ICAS NSB, Appendix V October 20, 2009 AEWC, ICAS, and NSB's comments Appendix V (PDF) (25 pp. 1MB) Shell Gulf of Mexico, Supplemental Comments October 20, 2009 Shell Gulf of Mexico's Supplemental Comments (PDF) (28 pp. 803K) Shell Gulf of Mexico, Additional Supplemental comments October 20, 2009 Shell Gulf of Mexico's Supplemental Comments Addition (PDF) (2 pp. 81K) Shell Gulf of Mexico, response to Earthjustice October 20, 2009 Shell Gulf of Mexico's Response to Earthjustice's comments (PDF) (9 pp. 104K) Native Village of Point Hope October 20, 2009 Native Village of Point Hope's comments (PDF) (2 pp. 13K) James Gilbert, Udelhoven Oilfield Services Inc. October 20, 2009 James Gilbert's (Udelhoven Oilfield Services Inc) comments (PDF) (1 page 60K) Earthjustice Erik Grafe October 20, 2009 Erik Grafe's (Earthjustice) comments (PDF) (22 pp. 91K) Conoco Philips Alaska October 20, 2009 Conoco Philips' (Alaska) comments (PDF) (74 pp. 4.5MB) Center for Biological Diversity Brendan Cummings October 20, 2009 Brendan Cummings' (Center for Biological Diversity) comments (PDF) (7 pp. 56K)

Contact Us:

Pat Nair (nair.pat@epa.gov), air permit writer, (208) 378-5754
Suzanne Skadowski (skadowski.suzanne@epa.gov), community involvement coordinator, (206) 553-6689

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