Generation Station Noise Project

Location: Rhinelander, Wis.

Burns & McDonnell was selected to perform the environmental and permitting studies necessary for the construction and operations of a proposed 106-MW circulating fluidized bed unit that would provide a design flow of 161,000 pounds/hour process steam to a paper mill. The boiler would be fired primarily with coal, but it would also use wood waste and waste sludge as fuel.

  • Noise monitoring survey and modeling studies
  • Air dispersion modeling and permit applications
  • Environmental impact report
  • Cooling tower plume modeling study
  • Visual simulations
  • Assistance in water intake and discharge permitting studies
  • Agency coordination
  • Alternatives analysis
  • Socioeconomic study
  • Wetlands study 

Due to the facilities' location in an industrial area bordered by residential neighborhoods and a lake that is used for recreational purposes, potential visual and noise impacts were critical issues. Burns & McDonnell identified potentially sensitive areas and monitored ambient noise levels. Daytime and nighttime noise levels due to operation of the proposed facility were projected and noise abatement measures to meet desired boundary-line standards were developed.

Burns & McDonnell performed air dispersion modeling using ISC2. An application for an air permit also was prepared for submittal to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Because more than 50 percent of the power from the proposed facility was to be supplied to the steam host, and because retirement of boilers at the host's facility would result in a net decrease in emissions of all criteria pollutants, Prevention of Significant Deterioration was avoided.