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EPA Finalizes 50th GHG Permit in Texas

industrial plant emissionsThe EPA has finalized its approval of the 50th greenhouse gas permit in Texas.

In Texas alone, the agency has received 83 GHG permit applications from businesses since 2011. Texas is no. 1 in the US for receiving EPA-issued GHG permits for projects totaling more than $24 billion and creating more than 20,000 construction jobs in the state.

Most recently, the agency issued three final GHG Prevention of Significant Deterioration construction permits for the Formosa Plastics facility in Point Comfort, Texas.

Formosa is expanding its chemical complex and taking three actions with its Turbines unit, Olefins unit and Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) unit. The expansion alone will bring over $2 billion in capital investments, create 1,800 construction jobs and 225 long-term operations jobs in the local area.

Formosa will add two new gas-fired combined-cycle gas turbines to the existing chemical utility unit. Each turbine will have a capacity to generate 80 MW of electrical power. The existing utility plant will consist of the six existing General Electric 7EA gas-fired turbines plus the two new GE 7EA gas-fired turbines with duct burners.

In June 2010, the EPA finalized national GHG regulations, which specify that beginning on Jan. 2, 2011, projects that increase GHG emissions substantially will require an air permit.

The EPA says states are best equipped to run GHG air permitting programs. Texas is working to replace a federal implementation plan with its own state program, which will eliminate the need for businesses to seek air permits from the EPA. This action will increase efficiency and allow for industry to continue to grow in Texas, the agency says.

Of the 189 GHG permits issued nationwide, the EPA has issued 61 and the states have issued 128. The EPA has finalized 50 GHG permits in Texas, proposed an additional four permits, and currently has 11 additional GHG permit applications under development in Texas.

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