Coal Tattoo

Board requires changes in Mingo liquid coal permit

Word just in this afternoon that the West Virginia Air Quality Board has rejected key portions of an air pollution permit for the TransGas Development coal-to-liquids plant proposed for Mingo County.

I’ve posted a copy of the ruling here.

Recall that the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Air Quality issued a permit for this facility over the objections of the Sierra Club, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Coal River Mountain Watch and the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy.

Among other things, board members ruled that “the record does not support” the DEP’s determination that the plant’s flare combustion efficiency would be 99.5 percent — a key factor in the agency’s decision to permit this facility as “minor source” of air pollution, allowing TransGas to bypass more stringent permitting requirements.

The AQB sent the permit back to the WVDEP with instructions that the permit be modified to comply with the law.