Intel manufactures semiconductor devices at plants in Aloha and Hillsboro. DEQ issued these facilities a single air contaminant discharge permit in December 2007. DEQ now requires these facilities to apply for a federal Title V air operating permit, which will replace the current permit. DEQ proposes to establish new plant site emission limits for particulate matter, fine particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter referred to as PM2.5, fluorides and greenhouse gases. DEQ also is proposing to increase emission limits for volatile organic compounds. Intel’s manufacturing processes and boilers emit air pollutants, including greenhouse gases. Greenhouse gases became regulated air pollutants in 2010. DEQ is proposing increased plant site emission limits for volatile organic compounds, fluorides and greenhouse gases due to a large expansion currently under way at Intel.
Update January 2015
DEQ will hold a public information meeting on Thursday, Feb. 19 on the permit application Intel submitted on Dec. 31, 2015, as directed in the mutual agreement. The application is for a construction permit for the D1X expansion. DEQ will gather public input on the application before it drafts the permit. Intel also submitted, with its application, an air quality analysis and control technology review for fluorides, as also required by the mutual agreement and order.
After the meeting DEQ will draft the construction permit. It will then put that proposed permit out for public comment, hold additional public meetings, respond to comments received, and finally issue the construction permit. After the construction permit is issued DEQ will resume drafting the Title V operating permit.
Update April 2014
On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, DEQ signed a mutual agreement and order with Intel Corporation to address violations of state law concerning its fluoride emissions and beginning construction of new semiconductor facilities at the Ronler Acres facility in Hillsboro without getting proper approval.
This negotiated agreement between DEQ and Intel details what Intel must do to correct the violations. As part of the order, Intel agreed to pay a $143,000 civil penalty.
The mutual agreement and order identifies three violations and required actions. The violations are:
- Failing to notify DEQ of Intel’s fluorides emissions;
- Failing to obtain a permit to emit fluorides;
- Beginning construction of Fab D1X and Fab 20 without first obtaining the proper construction approval.
The order requires Intel, among other things, to submit a permit application to correct the violations of failing to obtain a permit to emit fluorides and failing to get the proper construction approval. Intel must submit the permit application by Dec. 31, 2014. There will be a public involvement process associated with this permit action.
Intel must test emissions to get a better idea of how much fluorides and hydrogen fluoride it emits. This information will be used in the permit application. Intel must also provide quarterly information on its fluoride emissions to DEQ and to the public.
Intel corrected the violation of failing to notify DEQ of Intel’s fluorides emissions in its Title V permit application submitted April 12, 2012.
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