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2018 Breakout Presentations

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On April 3, 2018, hundreds of environmental professionals gathered to attend
breakout presentation sessions covering cover tons of health, safety, and environmental topics.

The presentations given at the 2018 conference have been compiled and made available for download. Check the list of presentations below to download the presentations you were most interested in.


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2015 Ozone Standards and Current and Potential Shortage of Emission Reduction Credits

Mike Taylor - President, Emissions Advisors Inc.

Description

What is the current status of the historical ERC trading programs in the long standing non-attainment areas (Houston, Baton Rouge, Dallas, California and Northeast). What lessons can be learned. Any interstate trading allowed? Any interpollutant trading allowed? How can companies mitigate these risks?

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A False Sense of Security - Shifts in EPA’s Implementation of PSD Capable of Accommodating Determination and The Demand Growth Exclusion

Everard Ashworth - Principal, Ashworth Leininger Group

Description

The 2002 NSR Reforms provided additional flexibility to exclude emissions from existing operations; however, EPA provided little guidance as to how this emissions calculus is to be performed. Come hear the insight gained by the presenter during recent experience in performing a complex and detailed PSD applicability evaluation in the context of utilizing the Demand Growth Exclusion.

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A Primer on PFAS, a Contaminant Emerged

Stephen Zemba - Project Director, Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc.

Description

This presentation will provide an overview of the knowledge and concerns that have recently emerged concerning Poly- and Perfluorinated Alkyl Substances (PFAS), a class of chemicals widely used as a component of firefighting foams, in the manufacture of non-stick and waterproof coatings, and numerous other applications. The presentation will discuss the sources of PFAS, their behavior and persistence in the environment, and potential toxicity on human health and the environment.

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Acoustic Condensate Stabilization

Stephen Saint Vincent - CTO/Member, Saint & Tiller Technologies

Description

Acoustic Condensate Stabilization is a novel technique that is proving to be highly effective and efficient. The stabilization process is driven by dynamic pressure of an acoustic field, causing mass transport of high volatile species into gas phase. The process is non thermal, making it a much safer alternative. The overall process equipment is much simpler and less costly to operate.

Acoustic Monitoring Environmentally Friendly but Economically Fruitful

Bronson Pate and Foster Volker - Global Vice President, Director of Engineering, RFS Compliance Solutions, Beric Valves

Description

With increasing economic and environmental concerns, facilities must continually seek ways to utilize new and advanced technologies to help maximize profits while minimizing environmental impact. Acoustic monitoring (AM) is not only a useful tool for a facility from an environmental standpoint but can also help their ability to reap substantial economic benefit. With all facilities having permitted limits on their flaring activity, AM is one of the most cost-effective ways in which reductions in this area can be found. Acoustic monitoring makes use of the noise created by an internal closure leak, be it gas or liquid, to quantify a leak rate. Turbulent flow caused by the leak generates a fluctuating pressure field within the component (Valve, Process Safety Valve, etc.). This pressure field transmits through the fluid and can be detected as elastic waves on the external surface of the component. The AM signal level is used first to detect the presence of a leak, and then can be correlated to the component and process parameters to enable an estimation of the leak rate. The authors will give an overview of AM and how it can be beneficial to end users. They will explore how AM is a viable option to reduce opacity to the flare and increase productivity resulting in more money down the pipe while guaranteeing compliance to environmental regulations. Data will be presented as supporting evidence, along with laying out the best approach to truly take on this type of project. The data presented along with a feasible approach will provide the how to guide for operating facilities to develop a desirable solution.

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Aerial Gas Leak Detection May Be Simpler Than You Thought!

Andy Beck and Rich Schutte - Managing Partner and Chief Pilot, Viper Drones

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Aerial Infrared Thermography

Gary Strahan - CEO, Infrared Cameras Inc.

Description

The future of using Infrared cameras for Aerial Thermogaphy using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. ICI has two patents around this process and has invested years in developing a true end to end solution.

An Overview of NSPS Subpart QQQ – VOC Emissions from Petroleum Refinery Wastewater Systems

Michelle Yakubisin - Senior Engineer, ERM

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Benzene Fenceline Monitoring; Regulation Updates & Lessons Learned for Ongoing Compliance

Jesse Miller - General Manager, Camsco

Description

The presentation will review the latest updates to the benzene fenceline monitoring refinery sector rule, as stated in the Approved Test Method (ATM-122), as well as practical lessons learned for refineries and consultants engaged in compliance.

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Beyond CD Compliance, to Audit or Not?

David Gratson - Senior Technical Chemist, Environmental Standards

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Bolted Connectors: Re-Torquing to Reduce Fugitive Emissions – When and When Not

Anita Bausman - Senior Applications Engineer, VSP Technologies

Description

Bolted Flanged Connectors (BFCs) lose initial assembly load for a variety of reasons. Loss of load contributes to increased fugitive emissions. In some cases, PTFE gasketed joints as an example, it is beneficial and common practice to re-torque the bolts to recover some of the assembly load. Factors influencing the relative advantage of re-torquing the bolts include such issues as flange rigidity, assembly methods and tools, flange type, joint type, process conditions, etc. in addition to gasket type. There is no general “rule of thumb” for all BFCs. To evaluate the need to re-torque (or not) and the re-torque timing (if so), all the potential causes of bolt load loss in a particular connector should be considered. By making this assessment, the user can be best positioned to reduce BFC emissions by optimizing load retention.

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BWON Compliance in the Post-CD Era

Bruce Douglas - Principal Consultant, Trinity Consultants

Description

The refinery Consent Decrees added “enhanced provisions” to the BWON. Refineries complied by doing more than the BWON citations required, with the enhanced provisions sometimes dominating compliance demonstration. So what will happen as the Consent Decrees are terminated? Will all those enhanced provisions become a thing of the past? Or will it perhaps be advisable to retain some of them with as much attention as ever? The speaker brings decades of BWON compliance experience to a strategic analysis of what to do in the post-CD era. Some enhanced provisions have accomplished their goal and can readily be abandoned; for example, the laboratory audits. Other provisions offered a resolution of citation vagueness, leading to the question: what will we do if we abandon those provisions? The carbon canister breakthrough provisions come to mind. Perhaps most importantly, there are the provisions—notably the end-of-line activities—that regulators will continue to implement regardless of whether the refinery abandons them. The speaker’s extensive experience in the wastewater aspects of the BWON can shed useful light on ideas surrounding the continued critical requirements for TAB and uncontrolled benzene quantifications. These and other pressing topics of on-going BWON compliance¬—still a high regulatory priority—will be raised during the session, with plenty of time allocated for real-time discussion to get to the issues of interest to the attending audience.

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BWON Interpretation for Ethylene Plants

James H. Vickery, Jr. - Technical Director, Process Mercury Group

Description

The BWON was to a large extent written with refineries in mind, even though it also applies to other types of facilities, including ethylene manufacturing plants. In the 1990s and during the initial Consent Decree era, BWON understanding and enforcement grew in response to refinery BWON programs. Therefore, when applying BWON provisions to ethylene plants, some stances must be taken, particularly regarding what constitutes a BWON “waste.” This presentation discusses some critical stances used to develop BWON compliance programs at a number of ethylene plants.

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BWON Off-Site Waste Treatment

David Wall - Regional Manager, Trinity Consultants

Description

This presentation will provide a discussion of issues for BWON-regulated facilities that generate wastes that are sent off-site for treatment. Besides providing the notification required under 40 CFR 61.324(f)(1), what other obligations does the generating facility have to ensure that the waste “is treated in accordance with the requirements” of the rule? Best practices will be discussed for potential consideration as well as unique issues that may arise for the different types of off-site treatment facilities (e.g., TSDFs, catalyst recycling facilities, carbon regeneration facilities). The presentation will address adequate control procedures and the challenging question of when material has entered the off-site facility’s process.

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Clean Air Act Risk Management Plan and General Duty Clause: EPA Enforcement Trends and Other Emerging Issues

Scott Elliott - Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Description

The presentation will provide an overview of recent trends for US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) enforcement of accidental chemical releases and provide updates on emerging regulatory changes.

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Committing to Safe and Versatile UAV Inspections

Johnathan Morrison - Drone Operations Manager - Chief Pilot, Insight Environmental

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Common CEMS RATA Failures and Risks

Paula Metz - Technical Services Assistant Manager, Alliance Source Testing

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Comprehensive Measurement and Analytical Technologies and Innovative Digital Solutions for RSR Compliance

Julie Valentine and Marcelo Carugo - Director, Global Refining Flow Solutions and Sr. Director, Global Refining & Chemicals, Emerson Process Management

Description

There are many facets to complying with the new Refinery Sector Rule. This paper will discuss various solutions with regards to flare emissions and the reporting requirements. The paper will look at a comprehensive approach to flare monitoring, including relief valve and flare source monitoring, root cause analysis of flaring events, vent gas analysis, steam and supplemental gas flow measurement and flame detection. It will also include information on technologies to verify instrument accuracy over time and strategies to accomplish the goals of the new ruling in the most cost- effective manner.

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Conducting a Threat Assessment of Your Facility’s Airspace

Uzkar Ibrahim - VP of Business Development, Sage EHS International, 4C Marketplace

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Data Analysis and how it can Improve your LDAR Program

Derrick Mauk - Director of Quality and Training, Bureau Veritas

Description

1. What data can be analyzed? – A discussion of all LDAR data that is collected and what can be mined. 2. What data should be analyzed? – A discussion of what LDAR data should we be looking and paying attention to. 3. How do you perform data analysis? – Methods of how to mine through the Hundreds of Thousands of LDAR Data points. 4. Proactive Data Mining for Compliance. – How proactive data mining can prevent compliance issues? 5. Data Analysis to improve productivity. – How to insure good productivity. How to prevent bad productivity. 6. How can proactive data analysis can improve Inventory Projects? - Discussion on how performing data analysis on inventory projects can provide more accurate data.

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Detection Limits for Optical Gas Imaging

Jon Morris - CTO, Providence Photonics

Description

Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) is an effective tool for equipment leak detection. Despite the fact that OGI has been used for leak detection for over a decade, its detection limit is an elusive performance metric. There is a persistent tendency to compare the OGI detection limit to the leak definition in the Leak Detection And Repair (LDAR) programs (e.g., 10,000 ppm, 2,000 ppm, 500 ppm, etc.). A substantial body of research has been performed that has shed some light on the OGI detection limits, the factors that dictate the detection limits, and the relationship between the OGI detection limits and the LDAR leak definition. These findings should help better define the capabilities and limitations of OGI as a leak detection method, and advance the OGI technology to the next level of adoption as a primary leak detection method.

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Development of an Elevated Flare Tip to Ease 40 CFR 63.670 Compliance

Matt Martin - Senior Product Line Manager , Callidus-Honeywell

Description

The new flare related provisions in 40 CFR 63.670 and the potential for increased enforcement give rise to the opportunity for new technology to ease compliance for operators. The impetus and results from a research and development program for a new high efficiency elevated flare tip is presented. Realistic industrial scale testing was used to validate the flare design.

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Difficult CEMS Applications at Refineries and Chemical Plants

Tim Kuiken - National Sales Manager, M&C Tech Group

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Does My MOC Affect Relief or Flare System Design

Achilles Arnaez - Senior Process Consultant, Smith & Burgess

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Downstream Confirmation of Benzene Loading

Bruce Douglas - Principal Consultant, Trinity Consultants

Description

Downstream flow rates and concentrations can reflect the characteristics of the total wastewater throughput managed at the facility, where all sewered wastewaters have come together into one stream. Experience indicates that downstream characterization can provide the most accurate values for facility wastewaters. However, the BWON citations emphasize the need to characterize wastes upstream, at the points of generation (POGs), because the rule-writers were concerned that benzene could volatilize from the waste as it flowed through the waste management system. Thus, the TAB quantification must be based on the upstream POG characterizations. It is valuable to assess the accuracy of POG results by comparing the downstream values with the sum of upstream POG values in the sewered streams. Although benzene is dynamic in a refinery sewer system—potentially volatilizing or transferring between the oil and water phases—it is reasonable to expect downstream loadings to be similar to the values derived from summing POG numbers. Agreement in the upstream-downstream evaluation lends confidence to the TAB quantification, the 6BQ or 2-Mg quantification (if needed), and the overall claim of the facility that the BWON wastes were properly identified.

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Eliminating H2S and SO2 Emissions at SRU, Coker, and Other Sulfur Handling Units of Refineries

Al Christopher and Sean Kirkpatrick - Sales Representative and COO, Vapor Point, LLC

Description

Vapor Point applies high efficiency liquid scrubbing systems to eliminate Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S), Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) other Sulfur Species as well as other Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) and Volitale Organic Compounds (VOCs). Specially designed temporary vessels for liquid and vapor phase product management have also been developed and are key elements in some applications. These control system concepts and resulting proven processes were developed with input from refining personnel who needed alternative technologies that would offer operational flexibility eliminating the various sulfur contaminates. The vapor phase emission control systems and specially designed process vessels have met the needs of the refining industry with numerous field implementations.

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Emerging analyzer technologies for CEMS

Ty Smith - President, Cemtek Environmental

Description

Cemtek Environmental is a System Integrator and full service organization that builds & supports continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS) to meet EPA 40 CFR Part 60, 64, & 75 regulatory requirements and process control monitoring systems on a variety of applications and sources including chemical, cement, glass, refinery, power, biomass, paper, and many others. In this paper we will discuss CEMS monitoring designs & techniques needed to measure NOx, SO2, CO, HCl, NH3, H2S, HF, HCN ranging from Dry Extractive, Dilution, Hot Wet, and Insitu TDLS monitoring.

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Emissions Reduction Warehousing Analysis: Positioning Your Plant for Growth

Blake Soyers - Department Manager, Air Quality & Noise Services, Burns & McDonnell

Description

Competitive site selection evaluations are standard for strategic projects. An emission reduction warehousing analysis provides competitive advantages for existing major source facilities wanting to host the next big project. A warehousing analysis identifies emissions reduction projects across the facility, estimates total installed cost and timeline for each project, and quantifies available emissions reductions. Emission reductions projects are ranked to determine the lowest cost options for avoiding or minimizing air permitting delays and costs. Without a warehousing analysis, site selection committees may apply worst-case assumptions for federal Prevention of Significant Deterioration and Nonattainment New Source Review air permits, including longer permit timelines and higher costs for emission offsets and emission control technologies. This presentation will start with an overview of federal nonattainment designation actions under the current EPA administration. Then we will outline the steps for conducting a warehousing analysis and the competitive advantages for facilities, especially those located in designated nonattainment areas.

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End Users Views on Flange Sealing – Using Market Research to Direct Meaningful Product Development

Richard Tym - OEM Market Manager – North America, Garlock Sealing Technologies

Description

Gaskets are meant to solve problems, not make new ones. Facilities are often required to stock multiple thicknesses to account for misaligned or worn flanges. Unfortunately, the two biggest tradeoffs of using thicker gaskets is reduced pressure resistance and reduced sealability characteristics. In fact, 28% of engineers surveyed said that their biggest struggle with gasket installation was ensuring the correct bolt torque and installation practices are used. One of the common misconceptions is that thicker gaskets are better. However, thicker gaskets do not have the blowout or pressure resistance of thinner gaskets. This presentation will illuminate findings from interviews with plant personnel that show the biggest sources of frustration and what is considered the gasket ideal. The presentation also investigates the effects of a introducing a new design feature, a raised surface profiles, on conventional PTFE gasketing and its effects on the performance.

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Enforcement: The State and Local Perspective

James Smith - Shareholder, Crain, Caton & James

Description

A perception that the Trump/Pruitt EPA is less than fully committed to enforcing the environmental laws can affect enforcement at the state and local levels, especially in "red state/blue city" communities. This presentation will discuss developing trends and give suggestions for those responsible for facilities where state or local enforcement could be a concern.

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Environmental, Health & Safety Driving Grab Sampling Culture

Troy Knutson and Grant Merriman - Environmental Department and General Manager, Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company and AES Energy Services

Description

Engineered grab samplers can sometimes be a point of confusion in facilities. LDAR programs require the use of proper sampling connection systems and flushing controls however, compliance with these requirements can fall short if the sampling systems are not given as much attention as other aspects of LDAR programs. The purpose of this presentation is to help LDAR coordinators and other HSE professionals identify and correct compliance pit falls, identify stake holders that are affected by sampling systems, and discuss what can be done to help ensure a culture that demands the use of sampling systems designed to collect a safe, representative, and compliant sample in the field.

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EPA’s Modeling Approach to Metals Criteria, How May it Affect State Water Quality Criteria?

Lial Tischler - Partner, Tischler/Kocurek

Description

This paper will discuss the implications of changing aquatic life water quality criteria for metals on water quality-based effluent limits (WQBELs) for dischargers. For example, EPA Region 6 has recently implemented a policy to evaluate the protectiveness of site-specific water quality criteria for copper developed with the water effects ratio (WER) method using the fresh water copper BLM. Also, EPA’s Office of Water envisions states using the model-based approach to replace state water quality standards.

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EPA’s Regulatory Reform Agenda One Year In

Leann Johnson-Koch - Partner, Perkins and Coie LLP

Description

In the short time that the new administration has been in place, the effective date of the RMP amendments has been extended while the rule is being reconsidered, the MACT “Once In, Always In” policy has been revoked, and changes to the New Source Review program are imminent. My presentation will discuss, what has been accomplished to date, what reforms are still expected, and the mechanics of how the reform will be accomplished to prevent backsliding by a new administration. I will also examine Department of Justice policy changes that will impact the enforcement of environmental laws, including limiting enforcement to violations of the law and not guidance, and not using settlement to accomplish rulemaking objectives.

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Expansion Projects’ Potential Impact on Wastewater & Liquid Streams in Open Systems

Inaas Darrat - Director - Chemical Sector Services, Principal Consultant, Trinity Consultants

Description

Does the change have the potential to impact the liquid streams in open systems determinations and would potential controls be required. The presentation will also include best practices and be based on recent experiences with USEPA’s expectations.

Experience with Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems; A Love, Hate Relationship

Richard Lambert - Sr. Environmental Technology Engineer, Eli Lilly, Retired

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Flare Gas Composition Analysis and QA/QC – Lessons Learned and Lessons Lost

Herman Holm - Director, Environmental Services, Spectrum Environmental Solutions, LLC

Description

The now infamous “Table 13” of the Refinery Sector Rule in 40 CFR 63.670 will be presented and discussed along with a review of the historical approach to the flare gas composition analyzer’s Quality Assurance (QA) requirements. The experts at Spectrum Environmental Solutions, LLC (Spectrum) have been involved with a wide variety of industrial flare related issues within the petroleum and petrochemical related industry sectors including detailed instrumentation support. The presentation will provide an understanding of the periodic analyzer QA requirements as generally provided in EPA Performance Specification 9 for GC’s highlighting the shortcomings of the Table 13 RSR requirements, and some recent Flare consent decrees, to provide possible solutions for a reliable flare gas composition analyzer’s quality assurance demonstration.

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Flare System Control and Optimization for MACT CC RSR 63.670

Dan Johnson - Sr. Product Manager, Baker Hughes, A GE Company

Description

The new Refinery Sector Rule (RSR), passed by the EPA in December 2015, extends and strengthens the regulations governing stationary emission sources, specifically flares in refineries. It calls for the control and monitoring of flare systems, including, for example, meeting the specific requirements of Net Heating Value in combustion zone gas ( NHVcz), smokeless combustion and actual flare tip velocity(Vtip) for steam assist flare systems and additional Net Heating Value dilution parameter(NHVdil) for air assist flare systems. A flare control design, which takes live input of speed of sound from flare meters, was implemented to achieve real-time control using measurement of average molecular weight of an unknown hydrocarbon mixture from the sound of speed. This information can be used by the control system to determine the net heating value of vent gas as well as provide a dynamic ratio control for steam, this provides for a more efficient and responsive control scheme. Combined with the requirement of vent gas NHV imposed by Vtip, a continuous, efficient flare operation of supplemental gas will be demonstrated. By utilizing real time control via the speed of sound measurement provided by the flare meter, the risk of having a block of non-compliance is mitigated. Flare control systems using other schemes, such as controls based on feedbacks from Gas Chromatograph (GC) or calorimeters, were discussed in the paper. Practical implementation of this methodology and data are also discussed in this paper.

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Flare System EPA Compliance – How to Simplify Three Projects’ Execution While Saving on Installation Costs and Improving Productivity

Marcio Donnanngelo - Global Business Development Manager, Emerson Process Management

Description

This seminar describes three different flare system applications including a non-intrusive way to monitor individual pressure relief devices, a wireless solution for simplifying pilot flame monitoring, and an effective way to control steam-to-flare.

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Flaring Circa 2019, Increasingly Stringent Requirements to Reduce or Eliminate Refinery Flaring

Leann Johnson-Koch - Partner, Perkins and Coie LLP

Description

EPA has been aggressively pursuing rulemaking and enforcement to reduce routine and non-routine flaring. Beginning more than 10 years ago, requirements to reduce flaring have been the subject of enforcement in settlements under the national petroleum refining initiative, which evolved into separate flaring settlements, and enforcement under the Clean Air Act’s “general duty” clause. In the meantime, NSPS subparts A and Ja and the Refinery Sector Rule have adopted more stringent regulatory requirements for flaring incidents and incorporate flaring minimization assessments and ongoing assessments of flaring incidents to reduce or eliminate flaring. I will discuss EPA’s current expectations with respect to flaring, minimization assessments under flare management plans, and the future of EPA enforcement.

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Forge Bonding Valve Repair

Dan Rybicki - VP Engineering, Forge Tech

Description

The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate the benefits of a field proven valve repair technology being offered by Forge Tech, Inc. That technology utilizes Forge Bonding to permanently attach a double sealed injection port to the valve packing area of in-service leaking valves in order to allow injection of new generation sealants into the packing gland to meet regulatory mandated leakage thresholds. The forge bonded injection port does not create a potential leak point, does not degrade over time, is safe to install, and is permanent. This technology eliminates hazards associated with traditional in-service valve leak sealing while improving the asset through installation of an injection fitting which provides a leak-free permanent maintenance platform.

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Forget About the Feds, States are Moving on Expanded PSM/RMP Rules – Is it California Dreamin’ or a Glimpse into the Future of PSM/RMP Rulemaking?

Daniel Grucza - Senior Attorney, Hunton & Williams, LLP

Description

While the federal arena of regulation on Process Safety Management and Risk Management Plan rules is in a state of limbo, states like California are moving forward. California has recently adopted new PSM and RMP regulations and other states are also beginning regulatory processes to adopt similar changes. These new regulations present challenges for those operating in those states but also threaten to impact interpretation and application of the federal rules and other state rules that are not being changed. This session will review the state of play on the various state rules and will highlight aspects of the new California rules, including the practical challenges to comply with them. It will also cover how these new rules can affect agency interpretation of existing PSM/RMP rules and how companies can review and optimize their PSM/RMP programs to be in position for complying with and defending against citations under some of the key new provisions, such as employee representative participation, hierarchy of controls analysis, human factors, culture assessments and management of organizational changes.

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Formaldehyde: A New Concern for Air Permitting?

Stephen Zemba - Project Manager, Sanborn, Head & Associates, Inc.

Description

The presentation will focus on formaldehyde (HCHO), an air toxic compound receiving increased attention in many states as part of air permitting. Formaldehyde is designated as a Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAP) by the U.S. EPA and recognized as a probable human carcinogen. It is released at some level from virtually every source that combusts hydrocarbons as a product of incomplete combustion. Formaldehyde is also produced in the atmosphere from reactions that break down (oxidize) hydrocarbons, and hence is ubiquitous in air. The series of National Air Toxics Assessments conducted by the U.S. EPA have indicated formaldehyde as the leading contributor to excess cancer risk due to exposure to HAPs in ambient air.

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Fugitive Emissions Standards and Laboratory Test Methods for Valves

Greg Johnson - President, United Valve

Description

The last 10 years have seen a surge in concern over fugitive emissions from valves. To meet that concern, both the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have created test methods and acceptance criteria for in-shop valve qualification testing. This presentation will focus on the various test methods and how the tests are performed on all types of valves. Additionally, problems associated with the testing as well as failure modes will be discussed. The presentation will provide a good general overview for those unfamiliar with laboratory valve fugitive emissions testing protocol.

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Good Packing Installation Techniques for Fugitive Emissions Services

Joel Baulch - Director - Engineering and Technical Services, TEADIT

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How to Control Flares to Comply with RSR-63.670 Rules

George Cheng - CTO, CyboSoft

Description

CyboSoft is offering a field-proven flare control solution with its CyboCon Model-Free Adaptive (MFA) control software. In this presentation, we will show how to design a control system for a steam assisted flare. We will run real-time control simulations to compare the performance when controlling combustion zone net heating value with different methods under varying operating conditions.

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How to Effectively Manage or Eventualy Eliminate the R in LDAR

Rodney Roth - Senior Vice President, Beric Valves

How to Integrate Drones into Routine Operations

Steven Fargo - CEO, DataWing Global

Description

DataWing uses aviation skills learned from years of Air Force flying and unmanned services to help large clients scale and integrate drones into routine operations. This presentation will identify how drones and drone-related technology can add value to environmental inspection programs and services. The presenter will also cover the necessary steps required to build a safe and secure drone program in minimum time so that organizations can start realizing this opportunity soon and meet operational and budgetary goals.

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Improved Result for In-Situ Remediation Projects by Utilizing High Resolution Data, Injection, and Hydraulic Placement Treatment Methods – It’s a Contact Sport (Part 2)

John Fontana - President & CEO, Vista GeoScience

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Improving Safety with Wireless Monitoring of Safety Showers

Marcio Donnanngelo - Global Business Development Manager, Emerson Process Management

Description

Think you’re covered? Radios aren’t always enough. Find out how to improve safety by monitoring safety shower and eye-wash stations, as well as comply with OSHA without incurring complex installation and deployment costs. A safety shower system integration using wireless technology is not only cost-effective, but can provide instant alerts and quick and effective response time.

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Introducing A New Technology: An Economical & Efficient Means to Capture VOC’s & Extinguish Tank Fires With One Multipurpose Tool

Paul Gibbs - Owner, Freedom Tank Technology

Description

Presentation will Introduce the Freedom Tank Technology Tool. Multiple slides will be shown displaying the actual tool and how it works. Graphics, Pictures and Video will be used to show the tool in action. Video will show how the tool puts out tank fires, and how it captures gasses. Explanation will be given on the easy installation of the tool. There will also be information given on how the tool is also used for purging tanks to put them in a “safe” mode by changing the atmosphere to inert. Explanation and demonstration will be given on how the tool can be used to remove the top phase of liquid in a tank. There will be time at the end of the presentation for question and answers. Brochures will be available for participants to take with them when they leave.

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Is There A Better Way to Do LDAR

Brian Whitley and Andrew Gunn - Vice President and Corporate Compliance Manager, Emission Monitoring Service, Inc. (EMSI)

Description

Is there a better way to do LDAR? For years we have cast a broad net over the program and called it compliance. With a closer look we now can call it a waste of money and resources. Is there a smarter way? Yes, there is. Join me and see data that shows a much better way to move the needle and lower our emissions while simultaneously lowering our cost. Smarter LDAR is real. A smaller carbon footprint can exist for every facility by utilizing modern technology and historical data. I hope to see you there.

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It's Just Calibration....How Hard Could It Be?

Deever Bradley - Partner, ERM

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It's Not Dead, It's Mostly Dead - CD Termination

Suzanne Murray - Partner, HaynesBoone

Description

What is the process for terminating a consent decree with EPA and the Department of Justice? Is the process improved in this Administration or are terminations still stalled by disagreements over terms and what does "done" mean? This presentation will walk through the current overview of PRI CDs that have been terminated and lessons learned for those still open and for future agreements.

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LDAR 2.0: LDAR for Environmental Compliance and LDAR for Operational Excellence

Steve Probst - CEO and Founder, 4C Marketplace

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Lesson Learning from Off-Road Motor Vehicle Incident - A Case Study

Mazharuddin Shaikh - Safety Engineer, Kuwait Oil Company

Description

A feedback from the participant was obtained following the simulated off-road driving which mentioned that the practical driving experience on the track challenged the driver to think differently about the off-road hazards and removed the ‘accidents happen to others’ mentality that most drivers have.

Levels of Compliance

Tanya Jackson - Project Manager, Montrose Air Quality Services

Description

This presentation focuses on the various levels of compliance that a company can take within an LDAR Program. From being in regulatory compliance to consent decrees to taking preventative measures and actively seeking improvement.

Manage Process Changes in More Efficient and Controlled Manner Through eMoC

Mazharuddin Shaikh - Safety Engineer, Kuwait Oil Company

Description

The major advantages of an eMoC system involve tracking, documentation and compliance, automatic routing, and automatic reminders. By automating these functions, the chances for human error can be reduced. Furthermore, developing an eMoC system can provide the opportunity to standardize the MOC process, which offers more room for improvement. Also, collecting data is much easier with an electronic system, and using measures and data to manage and improve the system is also simpler. An electronic system can also aid assessments and auditing. Benefits of choosing eMoC approach over manual (paper-based) management of change processes includes following: More dependable work flow with programmed feedback loops and recycle of reviews/authorizations, Improved communications flow, automatic tracking and automatic routing, less bottlenecking, automatic reminders for each task, automatic flagging, detailed instructions for each task, Reliable records, archiving of approvals, administrative interlocks, documenting accountability, • Electronic time stamps to prevent postdating of approvals or sign-offs or writing MOCs after the fact, Less need for meetings of MOC reviewers – compensate using virtual/net meetings, Ease of use, faster reviews/approvals, potentially more cost effective, automatic reports, electronic files with automatic backup, Easier auditing/metrics generation and easily transportable

Mass Spectrometers for BTU in Flare Determination

Robert Paddison & Don Rodriguez - Regional Sales Manager - Process Mass Spectrometry & RSM - North America Process Monitoring Sales Leader, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Description

Mass Spec is an increasingly common process monitoring analyzer, returning BTU in flare results in under 30 seconds for compliance with EPA RSR flare monitoring requirements.

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Method Update Rule - Impact to Detection Limits

David Gratson - Senior Technical Chemist, Environmental Standards

Description

I will present an overview of the new EPA Method Update Rule (MUR), and how this impacts the laboratory determination of detection limits. Details on how the new algorithm impacts variance estimates, and the resulting MDLs will be discussed. Laboratory data showing pre and post MUR method detection limits will be provided.

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Methods for Enhancing Fugitive Emissions Prevention in Chemical Process Pipelines

Dale Rice - Corporate Environmental Engineer , VSP Technologies

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Most fugitive emission reduction / elimination efforts in the industrial community, especially at chemical and refining facilities have been focused on component monitoring with the implementation of LDAR (Leak Detection and Repair) programs. USEPA studies have shown that the vast majority (between 80 and 90%) of fugitive emissions are associated with valve and connector leaks . While necessary, LDAR programs are, by definition, concerned with fixing leaks when they are encountered, not preventing them. Further, it could be argued that the greatest contribution to lowering fugitive emission rates from connectors and valves is through the use of consistent time-tested assembly and maintenance procedures, and the selection of the best available technology in terms of lowest emission valve packings, gaskets, torqueing equipment, and other equipment. An overview of best practices for achieving lowest fugitive emission rates for bolted flange connectors and valves including a fugitive emissions model for gasketed connectors will be presented.

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Navigating TCEQ's "Non Rule" Permit-By-Rule

Neal Nygaard - Chief Operating Officer, Principal, DiSorbo Consulting, LLC

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The presentation focuses on TCEQ's departure from the promulgated regulatory requirements of 30 TAC Chapter 106 into a "Non-Rule" based regulatory framework resulting in an elevated level of uncertainty and permitting costs. The presentation will define the underlying regulatory foundation of 30 TAC Chapter 106 and the strategies to address TCEQ "Non Rule" based information requests such as the "new hour", "affected source actual emission increases", "106.261 Checklist Footnote", etc.

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Navigating through the Challenges of NSPS OOOOa

Sucheta Gokhale - Environmental Compliance Coordinator, Denbury

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This presentation provides guidance to navigate through the challenges of the NSPS OOOOa regulation. The tools discussed aid with applicability determinations of various emission sources to the regulation.

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New Developments in Environmental Enforcement

Carrick Brooke-Davidson - Counsel, Vinson & Elkins

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This presentation will discuss new developments in environmental enforcement, including the new guidance on enforcement of incidental takes under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the increase in statutory penalties under the various environmental statutes, and the current administrations priorities for environmental enforcement.

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New Source Review: What to Look for in Upcoming Reforms

Colin McCall - Chief Technical Officer, All4 Inc.

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This presentation will provide an overview of the most challenging issues posed by the New Source Review (NSR) construction permitting program for expansion projects. The key aspects of NSR will be summarized along with how they fit in with real world projects (and what makes them most challenging for real world projects). The discussion will then lead to the common sense regulatory and policy reforms that are needed to address these challenges. Finally, we will discuss the current status and anticipated implementation of upcoming reforms to the NSR program by Congress and U.S. EPA. This presentation could serve as an overview for those following the regulatory reform process and also as a primer to those that are attending the in depth NSR workshops.

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New Technology for Treatment of Refinery Chemical Cleaning Waste Water

Jeff St. Amant and Perry Roland - President/CEO and Director of Water Services , Vapor Point, LLC

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Refinery Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTP) have seen increased waste water volumes as refinery feedstocks have changed, with small ppm increased in water content in crude oil causing WWTP facility to become undersized. Additionally, with the shift in cleaning operations from steam out, to flooded fill and circulations, to today’s preferred methods of vapor phase chemical cleaning, the volumes and quality of the water generated from these operations has changed. Some refinery WWTP operations have had difficulty managing these change waste water conditions, resulting in significant volumes stored in temporary or permanent tankage which the refineries are unable to process. A new technology was developed to help specific refineries treat these chemical cleaning waste streams, allowing refinery WWTPs to more easily process the waste water.

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Next Generation Enforcement: Environmental Enforcement in the Trump Era

Matt Thurlow - Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP

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This topic will examine environmental enforcement to date in the Trump administration. The New York Times recently reported that environmental enforcement has significantly declined during the first year of the Trump administration. While some of the decline may be attributed to trends from the prior administration, it is apparent that the Trump administration plans to reduce funding and resources for environmental enforcement and rely more upon state enforcement and self-auditing. This topic will explore some of the long-term trends in reduced environmental enforcement over time as technology is increasingly used to help monitor and enforce compliance, and the federal government increasingly relies on information-sharing with states, citizens groups, and tribes to improve environmental compliance. I will also examine the Trump administration’s new environmental enforcement policies to date, and discuss the implications for companies of the reduction in federal environmental enforcement (including the potential for a crazy quilt-work of haphazard and inconsistent state and citizen enforcement).

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Oil and Gas Regulatory Uncertainty - The New Normal?

Kristin Gordon - Houston Office Director, All4 Inc.

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In ALL4’s presentation proposes to bring clarity to regulatory issues by discussing the status of existing and proposed federal air quality and climate change regulations, and the federal initiatives aimed at these regulations. In addition, ALL4 will provide an overview of existing, proposed, and planned air quality and climate regulations at the state level that could impact the industry, and provide insight into how states may react to a potential easing of regulations at the federal level.

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On-Going BWON Compliance Concerns

Ken Garing - Principal, Ken Garing & Associates

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Compliance issues with the BWON requirements have evolved since the regulation was introduced in the 90’s. In the early 2000’s, numerous deficiencies, ranging from the identification of regulated waste streams to the proper operation of control equipment, resulted in enhanced BWON requirements being included in the refinery global consent decrees. Since that time, a tremendous amount of work has been directed to this effort and the refining sector has made great strides in improving compliance with the BWON regulation. Mr. Garing will present his thoughts on where current efforts could be focused to further improve compliance.

ONE Future – The Search for The Best Way to Reduce Methane Emissions

Tom Hutchins - VP EH&S of Kinder Morgan, ONE Future

Description

The ONE Future Commitment is intended to drive action to achieve segment-specific methane emissions intensity reductions, established through the ONE Future Coalition. ONE Future's overall goal is to achieve a methane emissions "leakage rate" (defined as emissions per volume of production or volume of throughput) of 1% or less along the natural gas value chain by 2025. The option allows each operator to determine the most efficient and effective means for managing and reducing methane emissions. The option will also help stimulate research and development to best manage and minimize methane emissions.

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OOOOa LDAR Compressor Station Case Study Results

Terence Trefiak - President, Target Emission Services

Description

In 2017, the EPA OOOOa regulation has come into effect. This regulation imposes OGI LDAR monitoring at new and modified compressor stations across the USA. Many of these facilities had no previous LDAR requirements and there has been significant speculation on what will be found during these monitoring events.

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Optical Gas Imaging

William Schwahn - Instructor, FLIR Systems

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Overcoming challenges meeting RSR Flare Monitoring Requirements

Yousheng Zeng - CEO, Providence Photonics

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The deadline for complying with the flare monitoring requirements under the new Refinery Sector Rule (RSR) is fast approaching (January 30, 2019). What options do you have if you are faced with the challenges meeting the compliance deadline due to unusually long lead time for instruments, turnaround scheduling, project implementation, or other technical issues? A range of possible scenarios are discussed in this presentation, including use of the Video Imaging Spectral Radiometer (VISR) method as an alternative method, and request for an extension of 1 year, 2 years, or 5 years. The discussions will also include the timing, conditions, and procedure for requesting an extension.

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Overcoming Common Gas Sampling Challenges

Don Klotz - Business Development Manager, M&C Tech Group

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Permian Basin Environmental Success story: Revenue Sharing with Vent Gas

Jeff Voorhis - Engineer, Hy-Bon Engineering

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Lower crude oil and natural gas prices have made it more challenging for O&G operations to justify spending capital on the capture and reselling of vent gas. The lack of options on the spending capital have lead companies to flare or release to the atmosphere a valuable resource that could easily pay for the expense of the capture equipment.

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Photochemical Modeling with CAMx for Ozone Inter-Precursor Trading

Qi Zhang - Senior Air Quality Engineer, Providence Engineering and Environmental Group LLC

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In a typical ozone Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) project, one requirement is to offset the project emissions of the ozone precursor (nitrogen oxides [NOx] or volatile organic compounds [VOCs]) with emissions reduction credits (ERCs) obtained from a source within the nonattainment area. As allowed by many state agencies, sometimes permit applicants choose to offset one ozone precursor with another precursor for various reasons, primary due to the ERCs for one precursor being unavailable or too expensive. To support this inter-precursor trading, state agencies and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) require a photochemical grid modeling analysis to demonstrate the inter-precursor trading will not adversely affect the area’s attainment demonstration.

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Potential Impacts of Recent U.S. EPA Region 6 Guidance on CMS Downtime and Data Calculation

Eric Swisher and Robert Balaban - Technical Manager and Project Engineer, All4 Inc.

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Process Burner Flames: The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly

Doug Basquez and Charles Baukal - Corporate Fired Heater and Energy Leader, Director, HollyFrontier Corporation and John Zink Co. LLC

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John Zink Hamworthy Combustion field personnel inspect thousands of burners each year. Too often those flames are not only bad but sometimes potentially dangerous. There are a number of conditions needed for good flames. Burners should be operating at or near their design conditions which includes the excess air and draft levels, and the design firing rate (fuel pressure) and fuel composition. The combustion air must be properly distributed, the fuel must be clean, and both the air and fuel must be properly controlled. The burner and its associated equipment (e.g., tile and pilot) must also be properly installed and maintained. There are some visual indicators that should be checked for proper burner operation. These include uniformity (all flames in a given heater should normally look about the same), proper flame color, no leaning between flames or into process tubes, no pronounced hot spots or dark spots on the burner tiles, no irregular flame movement (e.g., no pulsing), and no unusual sounds (e.g., flashback). Bad flames can lead to increased pollution emissions, reduced thermal efficiency, and unplanned shutdowns. Common reasons for bad flames include improper burner maintenance and operation. Dirty fuel is particularly problematic as it can cause fuel injectors to plug which can create multiple problems. Ugly flames can be dangerous and need to be corrected as soon as possible. Examples of these irregular flames include flame impingement, huffing or pulsing, or severely lifted flames. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss proper burner operation and what good flames look like and then to contrast that with lots of examples of improper burner operation including the causes and corrections. This information can be used in the risk-based inspection and performance monitoring processes. Typically, equipment has a function statement (primary/secondary) and performance objectives and ranges. The consequences when the function of the equipment has failed is documented in the earlier processes.

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PSM 101

Katherine Culbert - CEO, K and K Process

Description

Are you new to Process Safety? Do you find yourself wondering what all the acronyms stand for? Have you wondered why we have Process Safety? This presentation will review where Process Safety came from, what the Process Safety Management regulation means, and how Process Safety applies in today’s climate. We will also illustrate how OSHA’s PSM and EPA’s Risk Management Program work together to provide a full-plant solution. You will leave with the ability to better communicate with others in the industry by understanding the history and terminology and you will be able to impress your friends by talking in full acronym sentences.

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Quad Oa LDAR - Process and Procedures

Gabriel Kent - Lead - Environmental Services, OTA COMPRESSION / KIMARK SYSTEMS

Description

OTA will provide insight into their current operations, processes, and procedures to comply with these new standards. We will cover the requirements of the standard, including survey technique(s) and monitoring plans, and how to best meet the objectives.

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Reduce Turnaround Loading of H2S to the Flare Utilizing New Scrubber Technology

Jim Woodward and Bryant Woods - Business Development Manager and Chemical Engineer, Vapor Point, LLC

Description

Refineries are looking for alternative technologies to flares that can provide flexibility during various operations and maintenance activities. During unit shutdowns and turnarounds, there may be periods that the refinery Flare Gas Recovery System capacity can be challenged. The Vapor Point Scrubber system was utilized to ensure compliance with permit limits for H2S and SO2 emissions by scrubbing sour flare gases. Vapor Point has developed processes to aid the refining market with meeting the new compliance requirements while maintaining operational efficiencies. Vapor Point applies high efficiency liquid scrubbing systems to remove VOC, H2S, and other HAPS during different phases of unit decontamination. Specially designed temporary vessels for liquid and vapor phase product management have also been developed and are key elements in some applications. The vapor phase emission control systems and specially designed process vessels have met the needs of the refining industry with numerous field implementations.

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Refinery-wide Maintenance Vent Compliance Program Development Strategies

Phillip Fish - Chemical Engineer, Barr Engineering Company

Description

The requirements for “maintenance vents” under the Refinery Sector Rule (RSR) demand development of a formalized compliance program and coordination from a multi-disciplinary refinery stakeholder team. The team must evaluate compliance options while managing compliance risk and refinery resources for completing detailed calculations and implementing the new procedures into refinery operations. Many in the industry are creating a streamlined refinery-wide maintenance vent compliance program to ensure day-one compliance and on-going program sustainability. This presentation will outline our experiences with developing high-level compliance programs, including large-scale maintenance vent screening tactics, strategies for encouraging organizational stakeholder involvement, and lessons learned

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Review of Best Practices for Selection, Installation, Operation and Maintenance of Gas Meters for Flare Applications Used for Managing Facility Mass Balance and Compliance

Arnold Rivas-Griswold - Regional Manager North America, Fluenta Inc.

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RSR MPV PRD & MSS

Jessica Little and Ruth Benning - Sr. Environmental Engineer and Clint Guardian, Business Unit Executive sponsor, Pasadena Refining Systems, Inc. and Sage ATC

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RSR SSM Impacts and Solutions for NHV Management

Andy Shurtleff - Market Manager- Refining and Petrochemicals , Airgas

Description

This presentation focuses on the new challenges resulting from the RSR elimination of SSM exemptions and alternative solutions for maintaining compliance while minimizing cost impacts.

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Serving Two Masters; Understanding Texas and EPA Permitting Programs

Johnny Vermillion - Program Manager, Air Quality, Spirit Environmental

Description

Ever Googled the differences between the state and federal regulatory agency requirements and how to meet both requirements? Well…good luck! Rid yourself of the internet nonsense and come learn some gems of knowledge from Johnny Vermillion, PE. Johnny will decipher the twisted similarities and differences between the two agencies. He will bring clarity to the cloudiness and help you avoid potential pitfalls with his explanation of the two sets of expectations. Johnny has roughly 30-years of first-hand knowledge with this exact topic. He retired from the TCEQ over a year ago and joined Spirit as an expert in our field. He has many years of experience when it comes to working and coordinating efforts between the State (TCEQ) and Federal (EPA) air permitting programs.

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Simplifying CEM Reporting:The Revolution in Data Acquisition & Handling

Brian Fowler - Director of Implementations & Marketing, ESC

TCEQ Air Quality Permitting Effects Evaluation

Thomas Dydek - Principal Toxicologist, Dydek Toxicology Consulting

Description

This presentation will give the history of and the current practices of health and welfare effects evaluations conducted for TCEQ air quality permitting matters.

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The AIHR Shark Offers a Uniquely Innovative Approach for You to Get Into and Stay in Compliance for Your Air Monitoring Programs

Chris Schepcoff - Business Development Manager , SGS Galson Laboratories, Inc.

Description

The AIHR Shark is a directional passive air quality sampler that hunts fugitive emissions caused by activity from petroleum refineries, chemical facilities, or off-site sources. The shark-shaped samplers provide a unique flow through design and wind vane allowing for the air flow to be directed onto one of 12 passive sample media, all at a fixed 30 degree rotation, collecting low-level VOCs to be analyzed for benzene only or a full list of volatiles allowing for forensic fingerprinting of sources. These targeted, efficient, and affordable monitors are easily deployable, low maintenance, do not require a power source, and can pinpoint the direction of pollution sources utilizing truer wind direction as compared to regional wind data.

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The Final Flare Requirements – Latest Update on the Refinery Sector Flare Rule

Troy Boley - Vice President, Spectrum Environmental Solutions, LLC

Description

The experts at Spectrum Environmental Solutions, LLC (Spectrum) have been involved with a wide variety of industrial flare related issues within the petroleum and petrochemical related industry sectors. This presentation will lay a solid foundation for the rest of the conference presentation day as Spectrum will highlights the recent Federal flare rules specifically promulgated for the petroleum refinery sector. The intent will also be to provide the attendees with an understanding of the most likely flare improvement requirements anticipated by industry within future rulemaking for ethylene and chemical facility flares.

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The Future Technology of LDAR

Joshua Pinter - Product Manager, CNTRAL Inc.

Description

In this presentation we will go over the current state of LDAR technology, including both hardware and software, and showcase emerging technologies that will dramatically shape the future workflows and efficiencies of the LDAR industry. From new mobile devices that allow for far more functionality than past generations to brand new technology that is still 2 - 5 years away from reaching mainstream, such as augmented reality. This presentation is aimed to not only get people prepared for the future and how our workflows will change but also to get people excited about the future of LDAR and the advancements that are coming, including heads up displays so you can have both hands free to monitor.

The Impact of New Technology on HSE : How Are Drones Currently Having an Impact on Improving HSE Procedure for Industrial Assets Owner, Opportunities and Challenges

Johan Mlouka - Business Development and Sales, Flyability

Description

Drones are beginning to be seen in the world of industrial inspection as a tool to be more effective financially and to increase safety of workers. They can have a significant impact on reducing human exposure to hazardous situation: from allowing to inspect at height more easily, frequently and without putting humans in dangerous places to avoiding human entry to confined spaces. However, as any new technology, the use of drones in your daily workflow requires some organizational changes within your corporation, and is often being delayed by a lack of visibility on the challenges to overcome in deploying this technology and on the commitment needed for implementation. We will discuss the main opportunities brought by drones for improving your overall HSE compliance, as well as the challenges of integrating the technology within your daily operations.

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The Regulation of Oil & Gas Activities Under the Trump Administration

John B. King - Partner, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson LLP

Description

Oil and gas are our primary sources of energy. Regulations affecting this sector impact our entire economy. As such, it is vitally important that we understand the regulatory requirements and burdens being placed on this sector.

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The Role of Science in Developing Enhanced Oil and Gas Resources, Being Environmentally Sound, and Protecting Water Use

Davis L. Ford - President, Davis L. Ford & Associates

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Trends in EHS Auditing

Allan Griggs - President, AAGriggs Consulting, LLC

Description

EHS auditing has been evolving since its inception. How do you satisfy emerging expectations? Attend our presentation on Trends in EHS Auditing to learn how the latest influences from regulators and professional associations may affect your program.

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TSCA Reform, Take 2: Reconciling Trump’s Deregulatory Agenda and a Congressionally-Mandated Program

Matthew Paulson - Partner, Bracewell, LLP

Description

The presentation will begin with a brief history of the challenges faced by both EPA and industry under the prior statute, how those challenges ultimately set the stage for enactment of the first major amendments to any federal environmental statute in the last quarter century, and the prior Administration’s initial efforts to implement the new law.

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Ultrasonic Flowmeters Meeting the Flow Measurement Challenges of MACT RSR 63.670 - From Flare to Steam to Fuel Gas Measurement

Dr. Lei Sui - Global Product Manager, GE, A Baker Hughes Company

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Update on Current High Resolution Site Characterization (HRSC) Technology, 3D Data Modeling, and Applying HRSC Data to Remedial Design (Part 1)

John Fontana - President & CEO , Vista GeoScience

Use of Carbon Dioxide for Effluent and In-Process pH Reduction

Ken Krawczyk, Vince Hartley - Director - Chemical, Environmental, & Tech Solutions, Principal Applications Engineer, Airgas

Description

Industrial gases, such as nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide have been used in environmental applications for many years. One of the most proven environmental applications for industrial gases, and one of the simplest, is the use of carbon dioxide for pH reduction. Typically, this is to allow discharge of water to a receiving waterway for plants that have an NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit with pH limits. It can also be applicable for discharge to a local municipality, as well as for in-process needs. The use of Carbon Dioxide in the appropriate pH range can eliminate the need to utilize mineral acids (sulfuric being the most common), with all of the benefits derived from such a change, such as improved safety, improved control, lower maintenance, etc. As an additional advantage, Carbon Dioxide can be less expensive than acid on a pound for pound basis.

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Using Optical Flow Sensor Technology to Meet EPA J/Ja and RSR Requirements

James Shinkle - Business Development , Optical Scientific

Description

EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Refinery Sector Rule (RSR) 40 CFR 63.670, presents the petroleum refining industry with significant challenges in keeping greenhouse gas emissions from flare events within specified limits. This presentation will show how using Optical Flow Sensor (OFS) technology can provide a proactive, real-time data solution to monitoring and controlling airassist lines, steam-assisted lines and flare lines and/or stacks to assure maximum combustion efficiency and prevent over-steaming, excess aeration and flame lift-off. One technology can handle the wide application variations and the OFS unique advantages allow the operator unprecedented measurement accuracy and control of a large-scale and dynamically-volatile processes all while saving cost during all phases – acquisition, installation and maintenance.

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Utilizing Mobile Treatment Systems to Aid in Process Unit Deinventory – Meeting Refiners’ Challenges with MACT CC

Sean Kirkpatrick and Al Christopher - Sales Representative and COO, Vapor Point, LLC

Description

The implementation of Refinery RTR is creating significant concern to operations, in how they approach equipment deinventory. New MACT standards restricts refiners’ ability to openly purge process equipment to the atmosphere, eliminating the SSM exemption, while placing significant constraints on when units can be opened to the atmosphere. Recent opinions have defined that all options will result in increased time commitment, resulting in additional cost to refiners. Advances in the application of liquid scrubbers have proven to be effective in helping refiners meet that challenges placed upon them helping reduce cost impacts.

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Utilizing Mobile Treatment Systems to Capture Lost Profits Resulting from Flared or Reprocessed Fuels

Jeff St. Amant and Bryant Woods - President/CEO and Chemical Engineer, Vapor Point, LLC

Description

This paper/presentation will focus on how clients have been able to recover fuels that have been routed to flare systems due to specification misses, and how a mobile treatment approach was able to allow refinery clients to not only reduce the VOC and H2S/SO2 load to their flare system, but also recover a saleable product yielding increased profitability. The presentation will also discuss how this mobile technology can be used to supplement refinery hydrotreater operations during outage, helping prevent the requirements for storage and reprocessing of refined products.

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Vaporlock - Scrubber Technology Reducing Carbon Usage for BWON Compliance

Jeff St. Amant - President, Vapor Point, LLC

Description

Vapor Point’s VaporLock™ control technology has been utilized within many areas of BWON operations, while also providing for the elimination of other HAPs such as Hydrogen Sulfide and Ammonia. Common applications include API Sumps and Separators, Dissolved Air/Nitrogen Floatation Systems, Tank Vent Emissions Controls, Sludge Processing Operations, Vacuum Truck and Frac Tank Controls and we have even designed equipment for the complete by-pass of existing sump systems.

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Waste Heat - a New Profit Center

Loy Sneary - President/CEO, Gulf Coast Green Energy

Description

Gulf Coast Green Energy, Bay City, Texas will make a presentation on their waste heat-to-power solutions for the O&G industry. Solutions discussed will be additional fuel efficiencies for large engines, compressed gas cooling and using flare gas for a beneficial use (making power). All three applications use wasted heat to produce on-site power which reduces the cost of power for the site. The presentation will highlight the successful Dept. of Defense funded project to reduce fuel consumption in large engines. Also highlighted will be the successful flare reduction trial. The project was funded by the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) and its Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems (EFD) and the U.S. Dept. of Energy. Hess Corp. provided the HA-Rolfsrud well pad near Keene N.D. for the trial as well as engineering and electrical expertise. The purpose of the trial was to put flare gas to a beneficial use by using an organic Rankine Cycle generator. EFD and HARC contracted with Gulf Coast Green Energy (GCGE) for the Trial. GCGE is a distributor for the ElectraTherm Power+ Generator which generates power form wasted heat. The presentation will be made by Gulf Coast Green Energy’s CEO Loy Sneary and will include an overview of the projects from design to installation/commissioning, and through the successful sustained operations. Also the Texas A&M on-site environmental assessment will be presented for the flare project which found that the trail had significant emissions reductions compared to the existing flares or gensets which burn flare gas.

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Water Efficiency Evaluations: Approaches and Secondary Impacts

Todd Lusk, D’Ann Wilkins - Senior Engineer, Managing Principal, SLR Consulting

Description

Developing an achievable and sustainable water efficiency program requires a holistic approach and intimate knowledge of water usage within the facility - not only the quantity and quality requirements for internal water usage, but also the secondary impacts of water usage that may not be superficially visible. Implementing a program that encompasses the entire spectrum of water resource management can highlight and identify both procedural and engineering requirements for water reduction initiatives, as well as the potential operational and regulatory effects that may develop from water reuse or reduction. This presentation will describe the core principles used to develop an effective water efficiency plan and address specific issues that can arise from implementation of water reduction efforts, including impacts to other media, effects to in-plant processes, and considerations for end-of-pipe wastewater compliance. The ability to have a comprehensive understanding of the implications and pitfalls to meet compliance requirements to meet water quality requirements and limits are key to maintain consistent compliance for both numerical and narrative standards.

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Water Reuse Solutions in Small Communities by Fixed Film Based Package Treatment and Innovation Disinfection Processes

Robert Reimers - Independent Consultant and Professor Emeritus, Headworks International, Inc. and Tulane University

Description

This presentation will elucidate the fundamentals of the integration of fixed film reactors with the disinfection agents of the 21st Century. This type of treatment can develop inexpensive treatment systems for package plants in sensitive environments where their effluent can be sustainable for wetland areas.

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What is a Connector? When Do I Have to Monitor It?

Inaas Darrat - Director - Chemical Sector Services, Principal Consultant, Trinity Consultants

Description

This presentation will cover what is a connector across multiple program types including for emission quantification via monitoring purposes. Furthermore, the presentation will cover when monitoring of connectors is required.

What’s Happening on RMP and PSM in the Courts and in the Trump Administration? Will the Rule Stay Delayed or Should Companies Prepare to Comply with the New RMP Rule Now?

Shannon S.Broome - Managing Partner, Hunton & Williams, LLP

Description

In the waning days of the Obama Administration, EPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management issued a set of sweeping and controversial regulations to “modernize” the Risk Management Plan (RMP) program. The new administration has delayed these rules while considering revisions. This presentation will review the upcoming requirements if they go into effect and the litigation of the rules and the delay rule, on which oral argument is being held in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on March 16, 2018. It will recommend steps companies can take to be ready if the rules go into effect soon and provide predictions on what might be proposed as revisions to the Obama regulation.

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