[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 121 (Tuesday, June 24, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 35753-35754]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-14673]


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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

[FRL-9912-62-Region 5]


Notice of Issuance of Minor New Source Review Construction Permit 
to Shooting Star Casino and Event Center

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces that, on April 15, 2014, pursuant to the 
Federal Minor New Source Review (NSR) Program in Indian Country, the 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a minor new source review 
construction permit to the White Earth Nation of the Minnesota Chippewa 
Tribe for the Shooting Star Casino and Event Center in Mahnomen, 
Minnesota. The casino is located on the White Earth Nation's 
reservation. White Earth Nation owns and operates the Shooting Star 
Casino and Event Center, including two fuel oil-fired boilers and two 
propane-fired boilers used for space heating. The final minor NSR 
construction permit authorizes the construction of a new biomass-fired 
boiler and establishes annual operating hour limitations on the new and 
existing boilers at the casino.

DATES: The final minor NSR permit was issued on April 15, 2014. The 
final permit becomes effective on May 15, 2014.

ADDRESSES: The final signed permit is available for public inspection 
online at http://yosemite.epa.gov/r5/r5ard.nsf/Tribal+Permits!OpenView, 
or during normal business hours at the following address: U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, Air and Radiation Division, 
77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois, 60604. We recommend that 
you call Michael Langman, Environmental Scientist, at (312) 886-6867 
before visiting the Region 5 office.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Langman, Environmental 
Scientist, Air Permits Section, Air Programs Branch (AR-18J), 
Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, 
Chicago, Illinois 60604, (312) 886-6867, [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Throughout this document whenever ``we,'' 
``us,'' or ``our'' is used, we mean EPA.

A. What is the background information?

    The White Earth Nation of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe owns and 
operates two fuel oil-fired and two propane-fired boilers at its 
Shooting Star Casino and Event Center in Mahnomen, Minnesota. The 
casino and the four boilers are located on the White Earth Nation of 
the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe's reservation. The boilers are used for 
space heating at the casino.
    On September 10, 2013, EPA received a permit application from TSS 
Consultants on behalf of the White Earth Nation of the Minnesota 
Chippewa Tribe requesting a minor NSR construction to be permit issued 
pursuant to the requirements of the Federal Minor New Source Review 
Program in Indian Country, codified at 40 CFR 49.151-49.161. In its 
application, the White Earth Nation of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe 
specifically requested the construction of a new 5 MMBTU/hr biomass-
fired boiler and annual operating hour limitations on the existing 
propane- and fuel oil-fired boilers at the facility. The

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new biomass-fired boiler will provide space heating to the facility 
alongside the existing boilers.
    On October 24, 2013, EPA determined that the permit application was 
administratively complete pursuant to the permit application 
requirements of 40 CFR 49.154. Based on the information in the 
application, EPA prepared a draft permit for public review according to 
the permit content requirements at 40 CFR 49.155 in which EPA proposed 
to authorize the construction of the new biomass-fired boiler and to 
establish annual operating hour limitations for all new and existing 
boilers at the casino as requested in the permit application.
    In accordance with the public participation requirements of 40 CFR 
49.157, EPA mailed the public notice and the draft permit documents to 
all required parties. EPA also mailed the public notice, the draft 
permit documents, and a copy of the application to the Mahnomen Public 
Library to facilitate review for interested members of the public in 
the area. EPA published the public notice in the Mahnomen Pioneer, a 
newspaper with local circulation in the affected area, on February 20, 
2014. The public comment period ended on March 24, 2014, 30 days after 
publication in the Mahnomen Pioneer.
    During the public comment period, EPA received one comment letter 
from the Minnesota Historical Society. The Minnesota Historical Society 
concurred with EPA's National Historic Preservation Act conclusion and 
also reminded EPA that the White Earth Nation's Tribal Historic 
Preservation Officer shares review responsibility with the Minnesota 
Historical Society. The comment letter did not specifically request any 
permit changes or object to any permit conditions.
    EPA issued a final minor NSR construction permit, permit number 
MIN-WE-27087R0001-2013-01, on April 15, 2014, in accordance with the 
final permit issuance requirements of 40 CFR 49.159. The final permit 
became effective on May 15, 2014. EPA sent the final permit decision 
and a copy of the final permit documents to the Shooting Star Casino 
and Event Center on April 17, 2014. EPA posted the final permit 
decision and final permit documents on its Web site at http://yosemite.epa.gov/r5/r5ard.nsf/Tribal+Permits!OpenView.

B. What is the purpose of this notice?

    EPA is notifying the public of the issuance of a minor NSR 
construction permit, number MIN-WE-27087R0001-2013-01, issued to the 
White Earth Nation of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, on April 15, 2014. 
The permit became effective on May 15, 2014.

    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.

    Dated: June 10, 2014.
Susan Hedman,
Regional Administrator, Region 5.
[FR Doc. 2014-14673 Filed 6-23-14; 8:45 am]
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