Public Notice
Alabama Department of Environmental Management

Notice of Proposed Air Permit for Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD)
and Request For Comments
Facility No. 104-0003


On February 7, 2018, International Paper - Riverdale Mill submitted a complete Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permit application for for the proposed conversion of the No. 15 Paper Machine from producing uncoated freesheet paper to produce both white top and brown linerboard, modify the de-ink plant, and install a new old corrugated containers (OCC) recycle plant.. This facility is located at 601 County Road 78 in Selma, Alabama.

The proposed modification is subject to the requirements of the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) regulations as set forth in ADEM Admin. Code r. 335-3-14-.04.  An ADEM-Air Division technical staff preliminary determination indicates:

  1. Best Available Control Technology (BACT) is represented for control of VOC.  In determining BACT, the Department considered the impact of the control technology on air pollutants that may be emitted by the source including those not regulated by the Clean Air Act.  A discussion of how BACT was determined is included in the Department’s preliminary determination.
  1. The source is located greater than 100 kilometers from the Sipsey Wildnerness Area (a federal PSD Class I area).
  1. The maximum combined pollutant concentration from International Paper - Riverdale Mill would be less than the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).  The NAAQS are levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency which identify the ambient concentration necessary to protect human health and welfare with an adequate margin of safety.
  1. The largest maximum ambient concentration of non-criteria air pollutants was determined to be 12.82% of the ADEM's guideline of 1/420 of the threshold limit value for those compounds as adopted by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists.

ADEM has determined that the limitations proposed by the company would properly limit emissions.

The following are links to the preliminary determination and permit application:

Preliminary Determination
Permit Application

Persons wishing to comment may do so, in writing, to the Department’s named contact below within 30 days following the publication date of this notice.  In order to affect final decisions, comments must offer technically substantial information that is applicable to the proposed application.  All comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., March 15, 2018.

Ronald W. Gore, Chief
ADEM-Air Division
1400 Coliseum Blvd.
[Mailing address: PO Box 301463; Zip 36130-1463]
Montgomery, AL 36110-2400
(334) 271-7861

A written request for a public hearing may also be filed within that 30-day period and must state the nature of the issues proposed to be raised in the hearing.  The Director shall hold a public hearing whenever it is found, on the basis of hearing requests, that there exists a significant degree of public interest in the permit application. 

After consideration of all written comments, review of any public hearing record, and consideration of the requirements of the Alabama Air Pollution Control Act, the Federal Clean Air Act and applicable regulations, the Department will make a final determination.  The Department will develop a response to comments, which will become part of the public record and will be posted to the Department’s eFile system.  Notice will be sent to any person requesting notice of the final action.

The administrative record for this action, along with other information on file, will be available in eFile.  Select Media Area “Air”, enter the facility number shown above as the Permit Number, select Document Type “Permitting”, and press Search.  The most recent documents will be listed at the top by default.  The Document Type may also be left blank, which will list all available air files for this facility.

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This notice is hereby given this February 13, 2018, by authorization of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

Lance LeFleur

Nondiscrimination Statement: The Department does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in the administration of its programs.