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TCEQ seeks LNG comments

February 15, 2017 GMT

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is soliciting public comments on Annova LNG’s application to TCEQ for an air permit to build a liquefied natural gas export terminal at the Port of Brownsville.

Annova is one of three companies that have announced plans to build LNG terminals at the port. It submitted its application on Jan. 11. The application is available for viewing and copying at the Port Isabel Public Library, 213 Yturria St., and TCEQ’s regional office at 1804 W. Jefferson Ave. in Harlingen.

TCEQ says it will take all comments into consideration as it develops a final decision on the Annova application. The public may also request a public hearing or contested case hearing on the application.

According to a TCEQ public notice published Monday, a public meeting will be held “if the executive director determines that there is a significant degree of public interest in the application of if requested by a local legislator.”

A contested case hearing, similar to a civil trial, will only be granted “based on disputed issues of fact that are relevant and material to the Commission’s decisions on the application,” according to the notice. Also, a contested hearing will only be granted based on comments submitted during the public comment period and not withdrawn, TCEQ said.

Annova’s application says the plant would emit carbon monoxide, hazardous air pollutants, nitrogen oxides, organic compounds, particulate matters, sulfur dioxide and sulfuric acid mist.

According to TCEQ, anyone who may be affected by emissions from the facility is entitled to request a hearing.

Those requesting a contested case hearing must submit their names (or in the case of a group or association, an official representative’s name); the applicant’s name and permit number (144829); the statement “I/We request a contested case hearing”; a specific description of how the requester would be affected by the application and emissions from the plant “in a way not common to the general public”; the location and distance of the requester’s property relative to the plant site and a description of how the property is used.

Also, anyone requesting a contested case hearing must provide a list of all “disputed issues of fact” submitted during the public comment period. If the request is from a group or association, one or more members with standing to request a hearing must provide their names and physical addresses, TCEQ says.

“The interests which the group or association seeks to protect must also be identified,” according to the public notice.

Comments and requests may be submitted online to www.tceq.texas.gov/about/comments.html, or mailed to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Office of the Chief Clerk, MC-105, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, TX 78711-3087. Email addresses and physical addresses will become part of TCEQ’s permanent record.

For more information about Annova’s permit application or the permitting process, call the Public Education Program at (800) 687-4040.

sclark@brownsvilleherald.com