Updates

EPA Currently Taking Comments on Proposed U & O FIP

The following overview of proposed Federal Implementation Plan is from a slideshow at www.epa.gov

The following types of control technologies would apply in varying
degrees to certain O&NG sources operating on or proposing to
locate on the U&O Reservation:
◦ Routing of emissions from tanks to a combustor
◦ Routing of emissions from dehydrators to a combustor
◦ Routing of emissions from pneumatic pumps to a combustor
 Certain existing sources would require installation of a combustor and retrofitting tanks,
dehydrators and pneumatic pumps to route emissions to the combustor.
◦ Installation of low-bleed pneumatic controllers
Certain existing sources would require conversion of existing high-bleed
pneumatic controllers to low-bleed pneumatic controllers
◦ Equipping all combustion devices with auto igniters
 Certain existing combustion devices would require retrofit
◦ Implementation of a leak detection and repair program using OGI equipment
(e.g., IR camera)

The full text of the Proposed Rule is here. Comments will be accepted through March 23 but will have best opportunity for review if submitted by Feb 20. Rule should be finalized in July. Submit comments here.

Next Meeting: December 11

The Uinta Basin Ozone Work Group will convene on Wednesday, December 11 at 12:30.

  • Call: Join Hangouts Meet meet.google.com/ete-rpdq-hak
  • Meeting ID meet.google.com/ete-rpdq-hak
  • Phone Numbers ( US ) +1 609-525-4185 PIN: 281 902# 
  • Ute Indian Tribe Auditorium (please note corrected coordinates of 40.282769, -109.869149)
  • 6964 E 1000 S (2 miles south of Bottle Hollow)
  • Fort Duchesne Utah 84026

We will be discussing Emissions Reduction Credits, with a presentation on regulatory framework and examples by Chris Colclasure.

Please find here the Draft Agenda and the USU Bingham Research Center’s Annual Report

An Indian Taco Bar will be provided by the Office of Energy Development, so please RSVP to tsligting@utah.gov if you’ll be there!

 

November Meeting of UBOWG on Nov 4 at 9 am

Please save the date on November 4, 2019, from 9:00 am – 10:30 am MST for the Uinta Basin Ozone Work Group meeting to be held in Salt Lake City on the 8th floor of the World Trade Center Building, 60 E. South Temple in the SuperNova Conference Room. 

Those who are closer to Vernal are welcome to join at the USU Vernal campus in Room 101.

Topics this meeting will include Basin public awareness of the ozone issue and the Tri County Leadership in Ozone Reduction Awareness award for winter 2019-2020.

Please also hold December 11 for an in-person meeting in Ft. Duchesne.

Next Meeting Aug 28, 2019

We will hold the next working group meeting at the USU Bingham Research Center in room B101. 

Date: August 28, 2019

Time: 2:30 – 3:30

Location: B101, Bingham Research Center, USU, 320 N. Aggie Blvd., Vernal

If you can’t make it in person, video and call-in information are below. Please contact Marie (801-380-7571) or Seth Lyman (435-630-1433) if you are having problems connecting.

Meeting number: 805 442 856

https://usumeetings.webex.com/usumeetings/j.php?MTID=maac7fb64cd80d62e1270dbdd09fb3916

Date: August 28, 2019

Time: 2:30 – 3:30

Location: B101, Bingham Research Center, USU, 320 N. Aggie Blvd., Vernal

If you can’t make it in person, video and call-in information are below. Please contact me (801-380-7571) or Seth Lyman (435-630-1433) if you are having problems connecting.

Uinta Basin Ozone Working Group

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2019 2:30 pm | 1 hour | (UTC-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)

Meeting number: 805 442 856

Uinta Basin Ozone Working Group Meeting
August 28, 2019

Introductions
a. New group coordinator and steering committee member
b. Updates to Mission/Objectives

Utah DAQ updates on inventory and modeling

EPA updates:
a. CAA requirements for likely moderate level bump-up
b. FIP
c. ERC Banking Rule

BLM general conformity updates and impacts if nonattainment level is increased

Overview: Air quality panel presenting at Uintah Basin Energy Summit

Next steps for winter ozone events reporting and LORA award

Other actions/items for the coming winter

Oil and Natural Gas Sources Federal Implementation Plan Rule – Indian Country

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