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WNC RAQA Notice of Public Comment - Low & Bonar

September 27, 2019

WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA REGIONAL AIR QUALITY AGENCY

NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

DRAFT TITLE V PERMIT

To all interested parties:

The Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency (WNCRAQA) announces its intent to issue a Title V permit to Low & Bonar, Inc. (Low & Bonar) located at 1301 Sand Hill Road in Enka, North Carolina.  Low & Bonar is non-woven and geosynthetic fiber manufacturing facility.  The primary purpose of the Title V permit is to consolidate and identify existing local and federal air quality requirements applicable to Low & Bonar, and to provide practical methods for determining compliance with these requirements.  The permit has been prepared in accordance with WNCRAQA Air Quality Code, Chapter 17, Section .0500 – “Title V Procedures” and Title V of the Federal Clean Air Act.  This permit will be enforceable by WNCRAQA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and citizens as defined under the Federal Clean Air Act.

The draft permit, permit application, and all other materials available to WNCRAQA that are relevant to the permit decision are available for public review at the following address:  Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency, 52 Coxe Avenue, Asheville, NC  28801.  Materials are available for review during the hours of 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Persons wishing to comment on the draft permit are required to submit their comments in writing to WNCRAQA.  Comments must be received by WNCRAQA no later than October 27, 2019.  All comments received on or prior to that date will be considered by WNCRAQA in making its final decision to issue the Title V permit.  Where there is significant public interest in a proposed permit, WNCRAQA may hold a public hearing to receive oral or written comments on the proposed permit approval.  In the event a public hearing is scheduled, notice will be provided 30 days in advance in the same manner of publication.

EPA has agreed to treat this draft Title V permit as a proposed Title V permit and to perform its 45-day review provided by the law and regulations concurrently with the public notice period.  Although EPA’s 45-day review period will be performed concurrently with the public comment period, the deadline for submitting a citizen petition to object to the EPA Administrator will be determined as if EPA’s 45-day review period is performed after the public comment period has ended (i.e., sequentially).  The status regarding EPA’s 45-day review of this project and the deadline for submitting a citizen petition can be found at the following website address:

https://www.epa.gov/caa-permitting/north-carolina-proposed-title-v-permits

After the public comment period and EPA review period have expired, copies of the final Title V permit, as well as public and EPA comments received and any other relevant information, will then be public record available for review during normal business hours at the above address.

For additional information, please contact Ashley Featherstone, Permitting Program Manager, at (828) 250-6778 or ashley.featherstone@buncombecounty.org.