Final Amendments to Federal Implementation Plan for EPA’s Indian Country Minor New Source Review Program for Oil and Natural Gas Sources, May 2, 2019 –reprinted from epa.gov
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed amendments to the 2016 federal implementation plan (FIP) for managing air emissions from new and modified true minor oil and natural gas sources in Indian country. The FIP limits emissions of harmful air pollutants while providing streamlined construction authorization for new and modified “true minor sources” in the oil and natural gas production and natural gas processing segments of the oil and natural gas sector. The amendments would allow the FIP to continue to apply in portions of the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation that are included in an area EPA has designated as nonattainment for the 2015 national ambient air quality standards for ozone. Learn more
The members of the Uinta Basin Ozone Work Group join Tri County Health in congratulating Anadarko (midstream) and Middle Fork Energy (upstream) for earning Leadership in Ozone Reduction Awareness Awards for outstanding work to reduce precursors. Applause and thanks to them–and to all the companies who went above and beyond: EP Energy, Wexpro, Altamont Energy, Encana, and Finley.
When: April 11, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. during the UBOWG meeting.
How to Apply: The application is a spreadsheet outlining potential ozone mitigation measures. Please check the boxes next to each measure that your company implemented during the 2018-2019 winter season and return the application to this email address. If there are other measures (training, education, delayed actions) not on the list that your company has undertaken please include these.
In addition, your application will provide valuable information that UBOWG will use to improve understanding of ozone events for the 2019-2020 winter season. UBOWG welcomes any input you might have about proactive measures your company takes to reduce ozone precursors for individual ozone events. UBOWG’s goal is to inform the public about the many industry efforts already underway in the Basin, as well as future studies of the unique ozone events in the Basin. Thank you and see you on April 11th!
Agenda for April 11
Industry voluntary measures during 2018-19 winter ozone season – Tri County Health LORA Award
Presentation on past winter and design value for the Basin (DAQ);
Discussion about NOx and VOC contributions to high ozone events in the Basin (EPA, USU)
Update on U&O FIP, National Oil and Natural Gas FIP, and emissions reduction credit banking rulemakings (EPA)
Report on modeling workshop (USU/Western Energy Alliance)
Emissions Inventory (DAQ)
Plans and active measures needed to prepare for next winter a. Actions/systems needing work/development over the summer b. September/October stakeholder meeting
Our next Uinta Basin Ozone Working Group Meeting will be Tuesday, March 19 at 2:00.
Please also mark your calendars for April 11 at 2:30 as an in-person meeting for the UBOWG in Roosevelt at the Cross Roads Community Center in coordination with the Utah Petroleum Association round table meeting and the Utah Division of Oil, Gas, and Mining hydrocarbon conference.
Report on recent exceedances
Utah DAQ presentation on design value calculation and implications for designation and timing
Is there a role for UBOWG in updating the public?
Getting processes in place for industry voluntary measures and preparing for next winter
Ute Air Quality and Utah DAQ reported this winter’s ozone readings. As of 2/12 the Ouray monitor had just reached its 4th high (1 hour).
Bingham Research Center has a custom email and Twitter system for issuing advance alert for ozone-forming activities (but not health alerts). Sign up at binghamresearch.usu.edu/ozonealert or follow at @uairquality. N.B.:Predictions of the conclusion of an event have the least certainty.
EPA reported it is beginning Advance Notice Proposed Rulemaking to create a credit banking system. We can expect an early spring timeframe.
The next UBOWG meeting is on Tuesday, February 12 at 2:00 Mountain Time. As always we will have video conferencing and phone-in available. For those meeting in Denver, the video conference will be at Western Energy Alliance again:
Vernal – USU campus in Vernal (320 N. Aggie Blvd.) in Room 101. Come through the main entrance, and it is the first door on your left.
Salt Lake City – Ray Quinney & Nebeker, 36 South State Street, Suite 1400 (parking available in City Creek parking structure)
Denver – Western Energy Alliance, 1775 Sherman St., Suite 2700 (ask for Stuart Siffring)
Phone in information:
One tap mobile +17207072699,,941233577# US +16465588656,,941233577# US (New York)
Dial by your location +1 720 707 2699 US; +1 646 558 8656 US § Meeting ID: 941 233 577
Update on ozone conditions in the Basin this winter a. Northern Ute Tribe Air Quality Division b. Utah Division of Air Quality c. Ozone Alerts – overview of recent alerts, notification process and version 2.0
Learning from Wyoming program (Wyoming spreadsheet ) to track and recognize ozone event voluntary/contingency measures
Industry update on list of voluntary measures
Creating comprehensive industry list for alerts, reporting, and recognition
BLM plans for meteorological measurement systems in the Basin
coordinate work being done by different research groups
ensure that research and regulatory agendas for modeling are integrated and cohesive.
We welcome participants from academia, regulatory agencies, and industry (including industry consultants). The agenda (posted on the web page) is still tentative, so let me know if there is anything in it that you think could be improved. Also, please pass this information to anyone else who may be interested.