Seneca Sustainable Energy, LLC

Cleaner Air Oregon Profile

Site Address
29650 East Enid Rd.
Eugene, Oregon, 97402

 

Current Air Permit
Permit Type: Title V
Source Number: 206470

 

LRAPA Contact
Jonathan Wright
541-736-1056, ext. 236

Seneca Sustainable Energy, LLC

Facility

Seneca Sustainable Energy LLC operates a wood-fired electrical cogeneration power plant located at 29650 East Enid Road, Eugene, Oregon. The facility began operations in January 2011. The nameplate capacity of the turbine is 19.778 megawatts. The wood-fired boiler has a maximum heat input capacity of 352.8 MMBtu per hour and has a steam output of 200,000 pounds per hour. Learn more about LRAPA’s regulation of Seneca Sustainable Energy by viewing their current air permit below.

Emissions Inventory

For an introduction to emissions inventories and why they matter, please see EPA’s Fact Sheet. A facility-specific emissions inventory timeline and associated documents are linked below.

December 2, 2019: LRAPA calls Seneca Sustainable Energy into the program

February 27, 2020: Seneca Sustainable Energy submits Emissions Inventory and Categorically Insignificant Activities Form for LRAPA review

  • Cover letter for emissions inventory submittal.
  • Emissions Inventory: An Emissions Inventory is a list of each toxic air contaminant regulated under the Cleaner Air Oregon rules that a facility emits in a given year. The Emissions Inventory includes the amount of each toxic air contaminant emitted from each individual emissions-producing activity.
  • Categorically Insignificant Activities (Form ED601): Categorically Insignificant Activities are activities that are likely to have insignificant emissions that are not part of a facility’s primary production process. Categorically Insignificant Activities are defined in LRAPA Title 12.

June 15, 2020: LRAPA approves the Emissions Inventory submitted by Seneca Sustainable Energy

Modeling Protocol & Risk Assessment
A map of residential, child, acute, and worker exposure assignments used in the Modeling Protocol can be viewed by clicking here.

July 8, 2020: Seneca Sustainable Energy provides initial Level 3 modeling protocol and risk assessment workplan.

September 24, 2020: LRAPA approves the modeling protocol and risk assessment workplan.

Risk Assessment Report

January 3, 2021:  Seneca Sustainable Energy submitted an initial Level 3 Risk Assessment report to LRAPA for review.

April 1, 2021: Seneca Sustainable Energy submitted a final Level 3 Risk Assessment report incorporating changes requested by LRAPA.

September 8th, 2021: LRAPA hosted a virtual community meeting sharing the preliminary Risk Assessment and providing avenues for feedback.

September 28th, 2021: LRAPA approves SSE’s Risk Assessment.

May 23rd, 2022: Seneca Sustainable Energy submits addendum to the Risk Assessment to account for updated Cleaner Air Oregon rules that evaluates emission units which were previously exempt.

Risk Reduction Plan

Seneca Sustainable Energy, LLC (SSE) has yet to submit for this step of the Cleaner Air Oregon process. If necessary, this field will be updated once the facility reaches the Risk Reduction portion of CAO.

CAO Progress Completed

Seneca Sustainable Energy, LLC (SSE) has completed the Cleaner Air Oregon process. The permit was issued to the facility, and the review report was published, on September 20, 2022.

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Site Address

29650 East Enid Rd.
Eugene, Oregon, 97402

Current Air Permit

Permit Type: Title V
Source Number: 206470

LRAPA Contact

Jonathan Wright
541-736-1056, ext. 236

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Facility

Seneca Sustainable Energy LLC operates a wood-fired electrical cogeneration power plant located at 29650 East Enid Road, Eugene, Oregon. The facility began operations in January 2011. The nameplate capacity of the turbine is 19.778 megawatts. The wood-fired boiler has a maximum heat input capacity of 352.8 MMBtu per hour and has a steam output of 200,000 pounds per hour. Learn more about LRAPA’s regulation of Seneca Sustainable Energy by viewing their current air permit below.

Emissions Inventory

For an introduction to emissions inventories and why they matter, please see EPA’s Fact Sheet. A facility-specific emissions inventory timeline and associated documents are linked below.

December 2, 2019: LRAPA calls Seneca Sustainable Energy into the program

February 27, 2020: Seneca Sustainable Energy submits Emissions Inventory and Categorically Insignificant Activities Form for LRAPA review

  • Cover letter for emissions inventory submittal.
  • Emissions Inventory: An Emissions Inventory is a list of each toxic air contaminant regulated under the Cleaner Air Oregon rules that a facility emits in a given year. The Emissions Inventory includes the amount of each toxic air contaminant emitted from each individual emissions-producing activity.
  • Categorically Insignificant Activities (Form ED601): Categorically Insignificant Activities are activities that are likely to have insignificant emissions that are not part of a facility’s primary production process. Categorically Insignificant Activities are defined in LRAPA Title 12.

June 15, 2020: LRAPA approves the Emissions Inventory submitted by Seneca Sustainable Energy

Modeling Protocol & Risk Assessment
A map of residential, child, acute, and worker exposure assignments used in the Modeling Protocol can be viewed by clicking here.

July 8, 2020: Seneca Sustainable Energy provides initial Level 3 modeling protocol and risk assessment workplan.

September 24, 2020: LRAPA approves the modeling protocol and risk assessment workplan.

Risk Assessment Report

January 3, 2021:  Seneca Sustainable Energy submitted an initial Level 3 Risk Assessment report to LRAPA for review.

April 1, 2021: Seneca Sustainable Energy submitted a final Level 3 Risk Assessment report incorporating changes requested by LRAPA.

September 8th, 2021: LRAPA hosted a virtual community meeting sharing the preliminary Risk Assessment and providing avenues for feedback.

September 28th, 2021: LRAPA approves SSE’s Risk Assessment.

May 23rd, 2022: Seneca Sustainable Energy submits addendum to the Risk Assessment to account for updated Cleaner Air Oregon rules that evaluates emission units which were previously exempt.

Risk Reduction Plan

Seneca Sustainable Energy, LLC (SSE) has yet to submit for this step of the Cleaner Air Oregon process. If necessary, this field will be updated once the facility reaches the Risk Reduction portion of CAO.

CAO Progress Completed

Seneca Sustainable Energy, LLC (SSE) has yet to submit for this step of the Cleaner Air Oregon process. This field will be updated once the facility reaches the Risk Assessment portion of CAO.

The Cleaner Air Oregon Process

Cleaner Air Oregon (CAO) is a health-based permitting program that regulates emissions of toxic air contaminants from facilities based on risk to nearby communities. CAO requires facilities to report toxic air contaminant emissions, assess potential health risks to people nearby and reduce toxic air contaminant risk if it exceeds legal limits.

As part of the Cleaner Air Oregon process, each facility has a dedicated web page to provide communities access to facility information and updates on where it is involved in the process.

  • Each step of the CAO risk assessment process has a section that includes LRAPA’s communications and deliverables from the facility.
  • A color-coded graphic shows where a facility is in the Cleaner Air Oregon Process.
  • For additional information and history of the program, visit the DEQ Cleaner Air Oregon website.
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