Updates

Next Meeting March 19

At the Feb 12 meeting,

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. EPA reported it is beginning Advance Notice Proposed Rulemaking to create a credit banking system. We can expect an early spring timeframe.
  4. DAQ updated on WY emissions reductions programs.
  5. WEA updated on proposed emissions reductions programs, with strategy for enrollment, reporting, and leaderboard. Companies can sign up to participate here.
  6. BLM reported its meteorology research design. The full powerpoint is here.

The next meeting will be organized as usual, for 1 hour in Vernal and at satellite locations. The UBOWG will investigate an appropriate meeting date and location to gather in person this spring.

February 12, 2019 Agenda

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

If you have trouble joining the meeting, please contact Doris at RQN (801-323-3418) or IT specialist Gabriel (801-323-3482).

Meeting Agenda

  1. 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
  2. Learning from Wyoming program (Wyoming spreadsheet ) to track and recognize ozone event
    voluntary/contingency measures
  3. Industry update on list of voluntary measures
  4. Creating comprehensive industry list for alerts, reporting, and recognition
  5. BLM plans for meteorological measurement systems in the Basin
  6. Other issues and next meeting

Air Quality Modeling Workshop March 27th in Logan, Utah

USU Bingham Research Center is putting together a technical workshop about winter air quality modeling (with a focus on winter ozone).

You can find information about it and register here: https://binghamresearch.usu.edu/wintermodelworkshop. We hope you will be able to attend.

The goals of the workshop are to

  • 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.

Next Meeting Feb 12

At the January 8 meeting,

  1. The Steering Committee was introduced: Dave McNeill, Utah Division of Air Quality; Bill Stringer, Uintah County; Mike Natchees, Northern Ute Air Quality Division; Debbie Burney‐Sigman, Breathe Utah; Bob Hammer, SLC Consulting; Chris Colclasure, Beatty & Wozniak; Stuart Siffring, Western Energy Alliance; James Woodall, Newfield; Marc Mansfield, Utah State University
  2. The revised Mission Statement was issued for public comment until Feb 12: The Uinta Basin Ozone Working Group is a collaborative forum to facilitate attainment of the ozone standard in the Uinta Basin. The Group includes representation from all government decision‐makers in the Uinta Basin, regulators, stakeholders, and experts. We aim to find and support solutions through increased understanding of high ozone incidents in the Basin, improved communication, and exploration of known and novel responses.
  3. WEA presented a compilation of emissions reductions measures: overview slideshow and comprehensive list.

The next meeting will be organized as usual, for 1 hour in Vernal and at satellite locations. The UBOWG will investigate an appropriate meeting date and location to gather in person this spring.

January 8 Meeting

The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 8, 2019. This meeting will be 1 hour.

Members are encouraged to meet in person if possible. There will be three locations: Denver, Salt Lake City, and Vernal. For those meeting in Denver, please note the new location at Western Energy Alliance:
  • 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
  • Denver – Western Energy Alliance, 1775 Sherman St., Suite 2700 (ask for Stuart Siffring)
For those unable to get to a meeting location, video and phone options are available:
  • One tap mobile +17207072699,,802061105# US +16465588656,,802061105# US (New York)
  • Dial by your location +1 720 707 2699 US; +1 646 558 8656 US (New York). § Meeting ID: 802 061 105 (Number generated by Zoom Conference) https://zoom.us/u/abAPR3FfmB

If you have trouble joining the meeting, please contact Marie’s assistant Doris (801-323-3418) or RQN’s IT specialist Gabriel (801-323-3482).

Meeting materials:

November 27 Large Group Meeting

The next Large Group meeting will be on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, and we will have video conferencing at the usual three locations:

·        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

·        Denver – EPA Region 8, 1595 Wynkoop St. (ask for Chris Dresser, and please RSVP to him prior to meeting)

We are experimenting with a new system that should allow more call-in options. We will send call-in information before the meeting.

Please contact Marie Durrant or Ashley Korenblat with any suggestions, questions, or if others need to be added to our email list.

October 30 Large Group Meeting

Our next large group meeting is Tuesday, October 30, 2018. We will use the same format as last time – three meetings with video conference at:

  • 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
  • Denver – EPA Region 8, 1595 Wynkoop St. (ask for Chris Dresser)

If you cannot make it to one of the video conferences, please email Doris, and we can provide you a link to join from other remote locations. Agenda is here.

Thanks to everyone who has participated in the sub-group meetings!

UINTA BASIN OZONE WORKING GROUP
AGENDA FOR OCTOBER 30, 2018 MEETING Continue reading “October 30 Large Group Meeting”

Meeting Rescheduled to October 30

We have had to reschedule the October meeting to Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at 2:00 pm. We will have the same video conferencing at the same three locations:

  • Vernal – USU Campus – room to be announced
  • Salt Lake City – Ray Quinney & Nebeker, 36 South State Street, Suite 1400
  • Denver – EPA Region 8, 1595 Wynkoop St. (ask for Chris Dresser)

The new date is to accommodate several of the regulators who have a meeting in New Mexico on October 24. Thanks for your understanding!

Meeting 2!

Thank you to all who organized, presented, and attended! The second meeting had as many participants as the first.

In two densely packed hours, we heard and discussed:

Breaking into Subgroups. The needs of an Ozone Work Group have been roughly divided into 7 categories. Participants/members who wish to have ongoing influence in the UBOWG should concentrate in at least one area. Until group leaders are identified to contact directly, please indicate any preferences in the Join/Participate form.

  1. Proactive responses to ozone events – technically feasible actions, motivating industry buy-in and reporting — Industry Only
  2. Identifying most effective emission reduction targets
  3. How to credit voluntary/pro-active reductions/Ozone Advance
  4. Comparison with other areas that have taken proactive steps to reduce ozone (Wyoming, Colorado, Four Corners)
  5. Accounting for factors outside of traditional regulation (background/inversions/ exceptional events etc.)
  6. Aligning regulations/credit/actions across the UB air sheds
  7. Public Engagement

Steering Committee. There is no formal steering committee at present, although organizing the UBOWG so far has been Folks Showing Up with Opinions. More formal appointments will likely come out of representation from the final Subgroups.

Next Meeting. October 25, 2 p.m. Locations to be announced. Update: Meeting will be October 30, 2 pm.

September 25 Meeting Agenda

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 MEETING

Meeting Locations with video conferencing are being held at:

  • Vernal – USU Bingham Building, Room 101, 320 N. Aggie Blvd

  • Salt Lake City – Ray Quinney & Nebeker, 36 South State Street, Suite 1400

  • Denver – EPA Region 8, 1595 Wynkoop St. (ask for Chris Dresser)

We are also providing a call-in to the WebX video conference for those who can’t attend in person: +1-415-655-0001 / Access code: 196 281 020

  1. Presentation on ozone situation in the Uinta Basin: Causes, research findings, and information gaps (15 min.)
    1. Seth Lyman (USU) and Whitney Oswald (UDAQ)
  2. Discussion of “Fact Sheet” for Uinta Basin ozone nonattainment requirements and process (10 min.)
    1. Chris Dresser (EPA)
  3. Information sharing site – how to access/contribute information (8 min.)
    1. Debbie Burney-Sigman (Breathe Utah) 
  4. Presentation on general conformity (10 min.)
    1. Erik Vernon (BLM)
  5. Presentation on best practices/voluntary measures already implemented by industry (15 min.)
    1. Stuart Siffring (Western Energy Alliance), Adrienne Sandoval (Andeavor)
  6. Develop working group assignments for next meeting (proposed list – to be developed/added to) (30-45 min.)
    1. Proactive responses to ozone events – technically feasible actions, motivating industry buy-in and reporting
    2. How to credit voluntary/pro-active reductions/Ozone Advance
    3. Comparison with other areas that have taken pro-active steps to reduce ozone (Wyoming, Colorado, Four Corners)
    4. Identifying most effective emission reduction targets
    5. Accounting for factors outside of traditional regulation (background/inversions/ exceptional events etc.)
    6. Aligning regulations/credit/actions across air-sheds
  7. Setting regular monthly meeting time (5 min.)