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Rockefeller University, New York, NY

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Notice of Complete Application

Date:   11/10/2021


Facility:   ROCKEFELLER UNIVERSITY, 1188 York Ave, New York, NY 10065

Application ID: 2-6204-00118/00005

Permits(s) Applied for: 1 - Article 19 Air Title V Facility

Project is located:  in NEW YORK COUNTY

Project Description:
The Department has made a tentative determination, subject to public comment or other information, to approve the application of the Rockefeller University (also referred to as the “Facility”) to renew its Title V Permit (also referred to as “Renewal 3”) located at 1188-1230 York Avenue, New York, NY. Renewal 3 includes a modification addressing a change in the use of backup fuel by existing natural gas boilers from fuel oil #4 to fuel oil #2.  The Facility is a health educational and research institute with residence buildings, research buildings and research laboratories. The Facility operates six (6) boilers (Boiler #s 1-6), a steam absorption chiller and several emergency engines. The boilers are located in the Powerhouse and generates steam for the on-campus buildings.

The Facility currently operates six (6) boilers which burn natural gas as their primary fuel  Boilers #4-#6 already use #2 fuel oil as backup. Renewal 3 addresses the change in Boilers #1-#3’s use of fuel oil #4 to fuel oil #2 as a backup fuel. All six boilers will continue to vent to a single stack adjacent to the Powerhouse. The Facility will continue to operate without modification multiple other emission points located throughout the campus related to exempt activities such as laboratory hoods, cooling towers, emergency power generation, and oil storage tanks.

The Facility is located in a severe nonattainment area for ozone and a moderate non-attainment area for particulate matter 10 microns (PM10) and has the potential to emit criteria pollutants above the Title V threshold. The Facility is subject to Title V requirements under 6 NYCRR Subpart 201-6 and is considered a major Facility because the facility has the potential to emit NOx )] greater than 25 tons per year on a 12-month rolling basis.

In Renewal 3, the Facility will continue to be required to demonstrate compliance by estimating emissions on a monthly basis during any 12-month rolling period. The Facility continues to be subject to and must comply with Part 231 New Source Review and the federal New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) under 40 CFR 60, NSPS Subpart Dc; 40 CFR 60 NSPS Subpart JJJJ; and NYCRR Parts 200, 201-6, 225 and 227.

The facility continues to be subject to the federal National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) requirements pursuant to 40 CFR 63.1201(b) Subpart JJJJJJ, 40 CFR 63.11205(a) Subpart JJJJJJ and 40 CFR 63 Subpart ZZZZ although the department has not accepted regulatory authority of 40 CFR 63 Subpart JJJJJJ.

The Facility is subject to the general provisions, notifications, recordkeeping, performance tests, compliance and monitoring requirements of all the regulations listed in this permit.

In accordance with 6NYCRR Parts 621.7(b)(9) and 201-6.3(c), the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has the authority to bar issuance of any Title V Facility Permit if it is determined not to be in compliance with applicable requirements of the Clean Air Act or 6NYCRR Part 201.

Persons wishing to inspect the subject Title V files, including the application with all relevant supporting materials, the draft permit, and all other materials available to the DEC (the "permitting authority") that are relevant to this permitting decision should contact the DEC representative listed below. The Draft Permit and Permit Review Report may be viewed and printed from the Department web site at:

DEC will evaluate the application and the comments received on it to determine whether to hold a public hearing. Comments and requests for a public hearing should be in writing and addressed to the Department representative listed below. A copy of the Department's permit hearing procedures is available upon request or on the Department web site at:

Availability of Application Documents:
Filed application documents, and Department draft permits where applicable, are available for inspection during normal business hours at the address of the contact person. To ensure timely service at the time of inspection, it is recommended that an appointment be made with the contact person.

State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) Determination
Project is an Unlisted Action and will not have a significant impact on the environment. A Negative Declaration is on file.  A coordinated review was not performed.

SEQR Lead Agency
None Designated

State Historic Preservation Act (SHPA) Determination
The proposed activity is not subject to review in accordance with SHPA. The application type is exempt and/or the project involves the continuation of an existing operational activity.

Coastal Management
This project is located in a Coastal Management area and is subject to the Waterfront Revitalization and Coastal Resources Act.

DEC Commissioner Policy 29, Environmental Justice and Permitting (CP-29)
It has been determined that the proposed action is not subject to CP-29.

Availability For Public Comment
Comments on this project must be submitted in writing to the Contact Person no later than 12/17/2021 or 30 days after the publication date of this notice, whichever is later.

Contact Person
47-40 21st St
Long Island City, NY 11101-5401

Draft permit