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Pioneer Valley Energy Center Reaches Permitting Milestone
April 13, 2012 – ESS Group, Inc. congratulates the Pioneer Valley Energy Center (PVEC) and the PVEC Project Team on its recent permitting completion. This milestone marks the first fully permitted combined cycle power plant in
The PVEC is a state-of-the-art electric energy generating facility proposed on a 45-acre parcel of industrially-zoned land located in
Although the site is abutted solely by industrial properties, it is located approximately one mile from a large airfield with an active National Guard wing and within an area identified as habitat for the Eastern Box Turtle, a state-listed protected species. These factors required optimization of site layout, elevated structures, and exhaust plumes. In addition, ESS led the comprehensive analysis of environmental impacts including air quality, stormwater and wastewater, wetlands, land use, traffic, visual resources and project alternatives.
Michael Feinblatt, ESS Project Manager for PVEC, stated, “This permitting milestone represents a significant achievement as PVEC was the first combined-cycle energy facility project in EPA Region 1 to satisfy the EPA’s greenhouse gas Best Available Control Technology (BACT) requirements. It was also the first project subject to the EPA’s Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) requirements to demonstrate compliance with the newly promulgated 1-hour Nitrogen Dioxide and Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards. PVEC has set the bar for the permitting of future combined-cycle energy generating facility projects subject to these and other state and federal permitting requirements.”
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