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Responsiveness Summary: Draft Air Quality Permit for Dell Data Center Project

Publication number Date Published
11-02-029August 2011
VIEW NOW Responsiveness Summary: Draft Air Quality Permit for Dell Data Center Project (Number of pages: 149) (Publication Size: 5MB)

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Author(s) Kendra Robinson-Harding
Description Dell has applied to the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) for a permit called a notice of construction (NOC) approval order. An NOC approval order is required before a new source of air contaminants can be built or modified. Its purpose is to protect air quality. The permit is needed because data centers use large, diesel-powered backup generators to supply electricity to the servers during power failures. The primary air contaminant sources at the facility would be 28 electric generators powered by diesel engines. The generators would have a power capacity of up to 84 megawatts, once the facility is fully built. The Dell Data Center would be phased in over several years, depending on customer demand.
Because of the previous work Ecology has done on data centers in Quincy, we were able to incorporate prior comments and suggestions received during the public process for the Microsoft Columbia Data Center and Yahoo! Data Center into the draft permit we created for Dell.
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Keywords exhaust, tier two, Air Quality Permit, permit, health, diesel engines, diesel