Department of Ecology News Release - June 29, 2011

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Public invited to comment on draft permit for Sabey's Intergate-Quincy Data Center

SPOKANE — The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) invites the public to comment on a proposed “notice of construction” order (permit) for the Intergate-Quincy Data Center that the Sabey Corp. proposes to build in Quincy.

The proposed notice of construction is a formal approval document that is required before the company can install 44 backup generators to support the facility’s data servers. The purpose of the generators is to power the facility in case Grant County Public Utility District electrical power service is disrupted. The generators are powered by diesel engines.

The Intergate-Quincy Data Center will be located at the junction of Road 11 NW and Road O NW in Quincy. Sabey will lease the center to up to eight independent tenants. The generators have a power capacity of up to 88 megawatts. The proposed center’s three buildings will be phased in over several years, depending on customer demand.

Diesel engine exhaust carries toxic air pollutants. Because of this, Ecology requires a thorough evaluation of the potential health risks posed by the project. This evaluation was conducted under what’s called a “second-tier review of the health impact assessment.” The second-tier review is required when emissions of pollutants could potentially reach a certain regulatory threshold.

A summary of the potential health effects caused by diesel engine exhaust is available online (http://www.ecy.wa.gov/pubs/1102005.pdf).

Before the permit can be approved, public comment will be taken into consideration. The public may comment in writing to Ecology until midnight on Aug. 8, 2011. In addition, a public hearing is scheduled to be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 3 in the upstairs meeting room at Quincy City Hall, 104 B St. SW. Pre-hearing presentations and discussion will begin at 5:15 p.m.

Copies of the draft permit and the health assessment are available for review at the offices of the city of Quincy, 104 B St. SW, and at the Department of Ecology, Eastern Regional Office, 4601 N. Monroe St., Spokane, WA. For more information or to view the documents online, go to http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/quincydatacenter.

Ecology will review and respond to all comments. The draft permit could be amended based on the comments Ecology receives.

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Media Contacts: Jani Gilbert, Communications, 509-329-3645; jagi461@ecy.wa.gov 

For more information: Quincy Data Center (http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/air/quincydatacenter)