TCEQ seeks LNG comments
Annova submitted air quality permit to state agency
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is soliciting public comments on Annova LNG’s application to TCEQ for an air permit to build a liquefied natural gas export terminal at the Port of Brownsville.
Annova is one of three companies that have announced plans to build LNG terminals at the port. It submitted its application on Jan. 11. The application is available for viewing and copying at the Port Isabel Public Library, 213 Yturria St., and TCEQ’s regional office at 1804 W. Jefferson Ave. in Harlingen.
TCEQ says it will take all comments into consideration as it develops a final decision on the Annova application. The public may also request a public hearing or contested case hearing on the application.
According to a TCEQ public notice published Monday, a public meeting will be held “if the executive director determines that there is a significant degree of public interest in the application of if requested by a local legislator.”
A contested case hearing, similar to a civil trial, will only be granted “based on disputed issues of fact that are relevant and material to the Commission’s decisions on the application,” according to the notice. Also, a contested hearing will only be granted based on comments submitted during the public comment period and not withdrawn, TCEQ said.
Annova’s application says the plant would emit carbon monoxide, hazardous air pollutants, nitrogen oxides, organic compounds, particulate matters, sulfur dioxide and sulfuric acid mist.
According to TCEQ, anyone who may be affected by emissions from the facility is entitled to request a hearing.
Written by Steve Clark, The Brownsville Herald | Staff Writer