Data Centers and Air Quality
Data centers, also called server farms, house the servers that manage email and instant messages, store data, and run computer applications. Grant County has become a popular location for data centers because of its dependable and economical electric supply. The region has a 99.9 percent yearly power reliability rate which is crucial to technology systems management and appealing to data center businesses.
Each data center is equipped with multiple diesel-powered backup generators. Because diesel exhaust is a toxic air pollutant (containing nitrogen dioxide, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, organic compounds, and other small particles), Ecology must review air permits before construction. The required air permit is called a Notice of Construction permit. The application must:
If emissions exceed air quality standards, a health impact assessment must also be conducted to make sure there is minimal health risk.
A sales tax exemption incentive is available to owners and tenants of eligible data centers (at least 100,000 square feet) in rural counties. A data center must have a building permit to construct, remodel, or expand the center issued between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2025.
For more information, read the Department of Revenue's Tax Incentives Overview fact sheet.
Public comment on data center permits
We are currently accepting comments on proposed revisions to Vantage Data Center's air permit. Vantage is proposing to change the type of air pollution control equipment for 17 backup generators at its Riker facility in Quincy.
A public hearing will be held on July 12, 2017 at 5 p.m. at:
Comments are being accepted June 8, 2017 - July 17, 2017. Comments and questions on the draft permit may be submitted online, emailed or mailed to Kari Johnson (Department of Ecology, Air Quality Program, 4601 North Monroe Street, Spokane, WA. 99205).
To learn more about this project:
Documents for public review and comment:
General information about air quality and data centers
Related Documents — data centers in Quincy
Archive of documents about data center projects in Quincy, Washington.
Dell Data Center
Microsoft Columbia Data Center
Microsoft MWH (formerly Oxford Data Center)
Sabey Intergate-Quincy Data Center
Revised Sabey Intergate Data Center Permit Documents
Original Sabey Intergate Data Center Permit Documents
Vantage Data Center
Yahoo! Data Center
Revised Yahoo! Permit Documents
Original Yahoo! Permit Documents
For more information, contact Jolaine Johnson.
Para asistencia en español: Mark Wheeler at (509) 329-3444.
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