Department of Ecology studying health impact from Vantage Data Centers' diesel generators | Environment
Quincy is becoming a prime choice for companies to house their data centers. With the installation of these new facilities, ecological evaluations must be undertaken because of the potential health risk to the community.
The Department of Ecology is studying a proposed air quality permit for the Vantage Data Centers to analyze its impact on the community. The permit is required for the company to install 17 backup diesel generators for use during power failures. The exhaust from the diesel engines is a toxic air pollutant and requires an evaluation of the health risks.
The California-based company, Vantage Data Centers, announced last year that it was purchasing 63 acres of land to develop the Vantage Washington Campus to house servers for numerous companies.
Quincy has been a favored location for data centers because of its valuable and reliable power supply. Outages in Grant County are rare according to the Grant County Public Utility District. The average duration is less than three hours per year.
A public hearing will address the potential health risks in September, but the Department of Ecology will take public comment starting now. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Quincy City Hall on September 6 at 5:30 p.m.