Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) SIP for Evergreen Packaging/Blue Ridge Paper Products

Final – September 3, 2020

On September 3, 2020, the Division of Air Quality (DAQ) submitted the final State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision for the “Source-Specific State Implementation Plan for Evergreen Packaging/Blue Ridge Paper Products, LLC, Canton, Beaverdam Township, Haywood County, North Carolina for the 2010 1-Hour Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS)” for approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). By complying with a Special Order by Consent (SOC 2017-002) between the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission and Blue Ridge Paper Products, LLC, (BRPP), the facility has reduced its annual emissions by 93% (5,470 tons) from 2017 to 2019. These emission reductions have led to corresponding reductions in ambient SO2 concentrations near the facility. Modeling of the emission limitations show attainment of the NAAQS, and the monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements support compliance with the emission limitations. In this submittal, the DAQ requested EPA approval into the North Carolina SIP the SO2 emission limits and associated compliance parameters for specific emission units in BRPP’s Title V operating permit (Permit No. 08961T29) to strengthen the SIP for complying with the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS in Beaverdam Township. The DAQ also requested EPA approval of this source-specific SIP to qualify the Beaverdam Township area for an “Attainment/Unclassifiable” designation pursuant to EPA’s September 5, 2019, designation guidance. The SIP also documents supplemental air quality modeling information the DAQ has previously submitted to EPA to support approval of North Carolina's Clean Air Act Section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I) "Good Neighbor" SIP for the SO2 NAAQS.

DEQ Submittal:

[Note:  Section VII (Public Participation) of the final SIP narrative (Attachment 1) includes the draft public notice, the DAQ transmittal letter, and EPA's no-comment letter for the pre-hearing draft of the proposed SIP revision. The DAQ did not receive any comments or a request for a public hearing during the DAQ pre-hearing draft comment period.]

EPA Actions: