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Now Open: Compressor Station Air Quality Comment Period

The Department of Environmental Quality comment period for the Buckingham compressor station air quality permit is August 8-September 11, 2018. Send your comments!  Only comments received between those dates will be considered.

Detailed information about the process, including where to send comments, is on the DEQ Web page, see

Information on the 2018 Air Permit Application for the proposed ACP CS#2, including excerpts from the document and a link to the full document, as well as a preliminary analysis of the document are on the Friends of Buckingham Web page, see

See also our Web page posts on August 2 and August 5, 2018, and note the August 16 DEQ briefing and the September 11 hearing listed on our Events page.

Air Quality Permit: Additional Information

On August 2, 2018, we posted a story about the comment period and hearings related to the draft air quality permit for the ACP’s proposed Buckingham compressor station (see Send Comments:  Air Quality Permit for Compressor Station).  Our story included instructions for how/where to comment.

Further detailed information about the process is on the DEQ Web page, see

A few specifics from the DEQ page:

  • The Buckingham Compressor Station (BCS) draft permit is the subject of a public comment period beginning August 8, 2018 and ending September 11, 2018. The comment period is specifically for the BCS draft air permit and does not pertain to issues outside the scope of the draft permit such as zoning, noise, traffic or safety.
  • Comments will only be accepted during the formal comment period. Comments received either before or after the advertised start and end dates) August 8-September 11, 2018) will not be part of the record and will not be considered. Receipt confirmation will not be provided for comments received during the comment period.
  • The September 11, 2018, hearing is a listening session and not a question and answer session. Members of the agency in attendance will not be responding to questions or comments at that time.
  • Based on the strong public interest in this facility, it is anticipated attendance will be large. Those wishing to speak will be given a three-minute time restriction in order to allow as many people as possible that want to speak an opportunity to do so in the allotted time. Individuals that wish to make comments during the hearing should bring them in written form to provide to DEQ at the hearing.
  • At the end of the comment period, DEQ will compile, review and respond to comments. Comments similar in content may be aggregated for efficiency. DEQ will evaluate the comments and make changes to the draft permit as appropriate. DEQ responses and changes will be completed prior to finalizing any portion of the draft permit and a response to comments document will be prepared and made available to the public. [We wonder how long this will take, given that DEQ as of this date has not yet made available the comments on waterbody crossings from the comment period ending June 15, 2018.]
  • DEQ will present a report to the State Air Pollution Control Board (the board) on the permit. The board will take final action on the permit at a future meeting of the board. Consideration at that meeting is not a public hearing or new public comment opportunity on the draft permit. Only those persons who submitted official public comments on the draft permit between August 8 and September 11, 2018 may address the board. Furthermore, comments shall be limited to responding to the summary of the prior proceedings including DEQ’s summary of comments received during the public comment period provided to the board by DEQ.

A final section of the DEQ air quality Web page gives additional information on frequently asked questions not covered by the air permit, including site zoning, noise, light, traffic, worker safety, community safety, and facility need.

Send your comments to DEQ between August 8 and September 11!

Send Comments: Air Quality Permit for Compressor Station

The proposed 54,000 + horse power Atlantic Coast Pipeline Compressor Station would endanger and diminish the health and land values of all residents of Buckingham County and destroy the lives of the historic African American community of Union Hill. This is the only compressor station planned for the Virginia portion of the ACP. The permits for the pipeline and its compressor station are not complete and the project is currently being challenged in the courts.

This compressor station, a giant one even by industry standards, would bring loud constant noise and release toxic poisons into Buckingham’s air and water. The health of children is particularly vulnerable to the methane, formaldehyde, arsenic, benzene, xylene and other compounds the compressor will regularly release. Above and underground storage tanks create a fire and explosion hazard completely beyond the capacity of distant volunteer firefighters. The station has few staff on site and would be built on a former slave plantation atop the unmarked slave graves of Union Hill ancestors.  Please note that although the information provided by the Va Department of Environmental Quality puts this compressor station in the minor category, that is a technical term based on the amount of pollutants it can emit.  The environmental regulations do not protect our air water and health; they allow ACP to pollute up to very high levels that impact human and all life, especially those most vulnerable, the elderly and children.

There will be a community meeting on August 6, 2018, to discuss the air quality permit and how to comment on it at Union Hill Baptist Church, 1496 Union Hill Rd., Buckingham 23921.  Friends of Buckingham phone contact: 434 969 3229 ( Chad).  More information on the Friends of Buckingham Web page.

There will be a DEQ briefing on Thursday, August 16, 2018, 6-8 pm, Peter Francisco Auditorium, Buckingham County Administration Building, 13380 W. James Anderson Highway. The informational briefing will be a DEQ presentation to inform the public of the draft air quality permit review. An opportunity for questions related to the air quality permit will also be provided. No oral comments on the draft permit will be received at this briefing. [Come at 5 to pray and sing together.]

There will be a public hearing on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. or until all comments are received, whichever is earlier. The hearing on the air quality permit will be at Buckingham County Middle School, 1184 High School Road in Buckingham.  It is important to come as early as you can to sign up to speak!  [Come at 4 to pray and sing together.]

The public comment period for the compressor station draft air permit is August 8, 2018 until September 11, 2018.

HOW TO COMMENT: DEQ accepts comments by hand-delivery, e-mail, fax or postal mail. All comments and requests must be in writing and be received by DEQ during the comment period. The Director of DEQ has determined that the permit will go before the Board in accordance with 9 VAC 5-80-25 F.

DEQ contact for public comments, document requests, and additional information: Ann Regn; Phone: (804) 698-4442; Postal Mail: Piedmont Regional Office, RE: Buckingham Compressor Station, 4949-A Cox Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060; E-mail:; Fax: (804) 527-5106.

The public may review the draft permit and application here.   [Note: do not be confused by Dominion’s arrogant use of past tense for events that have not yet happened, e.g. “A public hearing was held on September 11, 2018. The required comment period, provided by 9VAC5-80-1170 D expired on September 11, 2018.” This is a bad deal but not a done deal!]

Comments to DEQ must include the following information:

  • PERMIT NAME: Minor Source Construction Permit issued under the authority of the Air Pollution Control Board
  • FACILITY NAME AND ADDRESS: ACP – Dominion Energy Buckingham Compressor Station; 5297 S. James River Hwy, Wingina, VA 24599
  • Submissions must include the names, mailing addresses and telephone numbers of the commenter/requester and of all persons represented by the commenter/requester.

Project description (presumably from Dominion): Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC has applied for a new permit to build the Buckingham Compressor Station (ACP-2). The facility is a natural gas pipeline compressor station. It will be classified as a minor source of air pollution. The maximum annual emissions of air pollutants from the facility under the proposed permit are expected to be: 34.2 tons per year (TPY) of nitrogen oxides, 39.2 TPY carbon monoxide, 9.8 TPY volatile organic compounds, 8.3 TPY sulfur dioxide, 43.2 TPY of particulate (PM10 and PM2.5). The applicant proposes to use approximately 4,550 million cubic feet of natural gas for fuel. The technology that will be used to control the air pollution from the facility is selective catalytic reduction for the control of nitrogen oxides; oxidation catalyst for the control of carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, and formaldehyde; natural gas, inlet air filters, and good combustion practices for control of sulfur dioxide and particulate; and a vent gas reduction system to reduce the venting of natural gas to control volatile organic compounds and hexane. The estimated effect on air quality near the facility from the proposed project is that all emissions will comply with all applicable ambient air quality standards.

For additional information, including links to images and tables from the ACP permit application, Dominion responses to questions about the permit, and Dominion’s Air Quality Monitoring Report for the compressor station, see Friends of Buckingham’s Web page on the compressor air permit.