With Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) oversight and public input, the air quality modeling for the Martin Drake Power Plant is complete.
The results indicate that air quality achieves compliance with the one-hour National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for sulfur dioxide (SO2). This Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standard is designed to be protective of public health and our environment.
The Drake Power Plant SO2 NAAQS Compliance Modeling Report is publicly available.
Last year, the area around the plant was designated as “unclassifiable” by CDPHE relative to the current one-hour SO2 standard.
Recently, CDPHE’s Air Pollution Control Division released its evaluation and the modeling report as part of its request to the Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) for a redesignation public hearing. The evaluation recommends that “…the area around the Martin Drake Power Plant as an attainment area for purposes of the 2010 one-hour SOs NAQQS.”
Later this month we expect the AQCC to approve a redesignation public hearing for its October meeting.