Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (the Agency) is seeking comments on draft Air Operating Permit (Permit No. 10873) for the Franz Bakery, located at 2006 South Weller Street, Seattle, WA 98144. This facility is a bread baking facility located in the Central District neighborhood of Seattle. The facility can operate 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Currently, the plant is operating 1 to 3 eight-hour shifts per day, five to six days per week (up to 7,488 hours per year). The sources of air emissions at the bakery are: natural gas-fired bread baking ovens, steam boilers, a donut fryer, and flour storage silos. Facility operations result in releases of volatile organic compounds from the rising yeast, and minor amounts of combustion related emissions from the firing of natural gas in the ovens (i.e., oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter).
The draft Air Operating Permit is a renewal of the current Title V Air Operating Permit that is already in force. Air Operating Permits expire every five years and need to be renewed. This renewal incorporates all the new compliance requirements that have come into effect for the bakery since the previous permit was issued.
Copies of the draft documents and supporting materials are available below for review:
The Agency will accept comments on this permit starting August 10, 2023, until September 11, 2023.
Send comments by e-mail to: PublicComment@pscleanair.gov
Send written comments to:
Air Operating Permit Program
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency1904 Third Ave, Suite 105Seattle, WA 98101
A public hearing may be held if the Agency determines that there is significant public interest. Requests for a public hearing must be submitted within the comment period. Any such request for a public hearing must indicate the interest of the person or organization filing it, and describe why a hearing is necessary.
This Notice is published pursuant to the Washington State Clean Air Act (Chapter 70A.15 RCW and WAC 173-401-800). The Air Operating Permit is issued pursuant to Chapter 173-401 WAC and Title V of the Federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.
Air Operating Permits are also subject to review and approval by US EPA. If a public comment is sent to the Agency for this permit, and the Agency has not addressed the comment in a satisfactory manner, and the EPA has not objected to the proposed permit, then the public may submit a petition requesting that the EPA reconsider the decision not to object. Petitions shall be submitted electronically to US EPA at TitleVPetitions@epa.gov or by mail to US EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Air Quality Policy Division, Operating Permits Group Leader, 109 T.W. Alexander Dr. (C-504-01), Research Triangle Park, NC 27711. Petitions shall be submitted within 60 days after the end of the 45-day EPA review period. The EPA review period for this permit starts no earlier than September 12, 2023.