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2018 Breakout Presentations

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On April 3, 2018, hundreds of environmental professionals gathered to attend
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A Modern Approach to Dispersion Modeling

Robert Opiela - CEO, Naviknow

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Dispersion modeling has been performed in the same way with the same tools since the 1990's. NaviKnow has been developing a modern approach with today's technology to shorten weeks of analysis to just days. See what NaviKnow is doing and where we are going.

A Primer on PFAS, a Contaminant Emerged

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

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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 Monitoring Environmentally Friendly but Economically Fruitful

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

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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.

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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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Automating Manual Data QAQC

Robert Williams - Senior Environmental Specialist, TEAM

Description

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Benzene Fenceline Monitoring - TBP

Shannon Hammker - Project Manager, Enthalpy Analytical, LLC

Benzene Fenceline Monitoring Emission Source Investigation: Using OP-FTIR to Identify Source(s) of Fugitive Emissions

Jessica Little & David Berkowitz - Senior Environmental Engineer & Director of Business Development, Pasadena Refining & Enthalpy Analytical, LLC

Description

Is your BFM Program being impacted by near field, mobile sources, or something you have yet to identify? This presentation will highlight the process of setting up an OP FTIR program at a refinery along the Houston ship channel in an effort to better understand off-site/near field contributions to BFM results. We’ll focus on strategy for program set up, explore lessons learned, data analysis, and discuss our conclusions.

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

Anita Bausman - Senior Applications Engineer, VSP Technologies

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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 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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Case Study of Heater/Boiler Tune-Ups

John Bacon - Market Director, TRC Solutions

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CEM Improvements For Refinery and Chemical Plants

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

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Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) are constantly in need of attention, maintenance and improvements. In many cases, the original CEMS supplied to a facility or fleet are mediocre in design and performance, or simply might not be a good “fit” for the application or process conditions. Tim Kuiken has helped hundreds of his clients design and improve their CEMS in a wide variety of industries and applications. This presentation will focus on the many considerations you can make to ensure that you are getting >98% uptime and data availability, as well as give you some important tools for troubleshooting any issues you might me having at your facility. Topics include: • Sample Probes and Extraction • Sample Transport Bundles / Umbilicals • Sample Gas Conditioning and Handling • Scrubbers, Filters and Converters • Overall Analyzer Protection

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ClearSign Combustion’s DuplexTM Technology Achieves 5ppm cNOx in a California Refinery

Steve Sock - Sr. Vice President of Business Development, ClearSign Combustion

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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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Conducting a Threat Assessment of Your Facility’s Airspace

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

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Contractor Management

Ric Hartung - General Manager, Process & Safety Solutions LLC

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Data Analysis and how it can Improve your LDAR Program

Derrick Mauk - Director of Quality and Training, Bureau Veritas

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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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Design & Operation Guidelines for Low Heater Emissions

Erwin Platvoet - Founding Partner, XRG Technologies, LLC

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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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Ditching Your Major Source MACT Requirements

Nicholas Petrich - Chemical Engineer, Barr Engineering

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The U.S. EPA issued a new guidance memorandum that repealed the “once in, always in” (OIAI) policy, allowing reclassification of a major source of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) to an area source. The new guidance concluded that the OIAI policy was contrary to Section 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and that the U.S. EPA did not have the authority to restrict a source from becoming an area source after the first compliance date of the applicable MACT standards. Therefore, a major source that obtains federally enforceable limits on its HAP potential-to-emit (PTE) below the major source thresholds can become an area source. Industrial facilities have the opportunity to consider whether they could operate as area sources of HAPs. This presentation will provide guidance on how and why a facility can become an area source, including the benefits and challenges. A regulatory overview will be provided including the common major source standards that would no longer apply, the potentially applicable area source requirements, and why some requirements won’t go away even though the specific MACT standards may no longer apply. A technical review will also include the critical factors for calculating site-specific HAP emissions from key sources such as process fugitive equipment leaks, wastewater treatment, process combustion, and storage tanks. Lastly, key aspects of implementing federally enforceable emission limits and transition from major source standards will be discussed. Attendees will leave the presentation with an understanding of the advantages of becoming an area source and whether they should sharpen the pencil on their HAP emission calculations.

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

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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 & SO2 Emissions at SRU, Coker and Sulfur Pits of Refineries

Jace Bigler and Bryant Woods - , Vapor Point, LLC

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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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Emerging Trends in Owner Compliance

George Perrett - Vice President of Market Development, Industrial Safety Training Council (ISTC)

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Safety Councils work for petrochemical plants and their contractors to facilitate innovative ways to reduce incident rates resulting in a 95% reduction in recordable accidents. 2018 marked an evolution in deliverables, slowly migrating away from training to develop new workforce compliance and risk management processes. Working within the industry we developed several internationally recognized Best Practices for contractor compliance, risk management, labor cost management. The petrochemical industry consortium, ISTC, made up of downstream and midstream operators, collaborated with contractors bringing years of quantitative data to identify problems that are developing or have occurred in the workplace and formulating solutions, cost structures and most importantly compliance management to combat future issues. The presentation, outlines several of the best practices in contractor compliance and provides insight toward the direction of future efforts associated with hiring, compliance, auditing, accident response and even Department of Homeland Security, CFATS inspections. Specific industry incidents and actual cases are highlighted to demonstrate the reasoning behind the emerging trends and seeks input from audience members on the potential impact to their business operations. Recently adopted across a variety of global operational excellence teams, Emerging Trends in Workforce Compliance is designed to serve as a barometer of future downstream, and midstream compliance requirements

Emissions Reduction Warehousing Analysis: Positioning Your Plant for Growth

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

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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.

Enabling Distributed Environmental Compliance Management

Brent Allred - Program Manager, Northrop Grumman Technology Services

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Assuring compliance with new and evolving local, state, federal, and even foreign environmental regulations across dispersed enterprises such as the military and many commercial entities is a daunting endeavor for environmental managers at all tiers of the enterprise. It is challenging to maintain compliance risk at an acceptable level while faced with budgetary and manpower constraints in a climate of ever increasing and constantly evolving regulations. To keep pace, many Air Force and Army installations have implemented strategies and tools aimed at distributing the compliance and associated data management workload in order to drive efficiencies in meeting compliance demonstration, recordkeeping and regulatory reporting requirements. This strategy has been largely enabled by the successful implementation and institutionalization of modern information management solutions such as the Air Force’s Air Program Information Management System (APIMS) and the commercially-hosted equivalent, Environmental Program Information Management System (EPIMS). Proper implementation of these systems has been proven to reduce the manpower required to demonstrate compliance and satisfy reporting requirements, while reducing compliance risk. APIMS is a web-based information management system owned by the Air Force. It is hosted at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and is available to Air Force users worldwide. EPIMS shares the exact same software baseline, is commercially hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS), and is used by other federal and commercial users under a software as a service (SaaS) subscription model. These proven solutions are being rapidly adopted, with a current user base of over 5,000 regular users and over 150,000 transient users at over 200 installations worldwide. The system was designed to provide all tiers of the enterprise, from the shop level to headquarters level, the tools required to effectively manage compliance risk and to satisfy recordkeeping and reporting requirements. Key compliance activities where APIMS/EPIMS support the distribution of compliance management and drive automation include: generation of air emissions inventories; multi-media compliance assessment management; refrigerant compliance management; RICE NESHAP compliance, storage tank compliance management, and Clean Air Act section 118(d) vehicle inspection and maintenance compliance. APIMS is a proven compliance automation solution that has saved its users countless man-hours, when compared to historical compliance methods. This presentation will highlight specific real world examples of how automation and the distribution of compliance management strategies has helped system users reduce compliance risk and reduce the manpower required to effectively manage environmental compliance in today’s regulatory climate.

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

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

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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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Enhanced LDAR Training: An Unconventional Approach to Training LDAR Technicians

Todd Morrison - CEO, Insight Environmental

Environmental Enforcement Developments in the Trump Administration

Matt Thurlow - Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP

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This presentation will provide an overview of recent environmental enforcement developments in the Trump administration. The presentation will review EPA's new National Compliance Initiatives, regulatory changes under the Clean Air Act, and other pending changes under Acting Administrator Wheeler's EPA. The presentation also will focus on technological developments and how they are changing compliance and enforcement.

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Environmental Enforcement Update

Carrick Brooke-Davidson - Counsel, Vinson & Elkins

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Under the Trump administration, EPA and DOJ have issued several new policies and directives which affect environmental enforcement. This presentation will discuss these new developments, including the, EPA’s new policy on national compliance initiatives, EPA's new policy on referrals to DOJ, DOJ's statement on environmental enforcement policy and principals, and the DOJ policy on use of agency guidance in enforcement. The new DOJ policies are especially significant as they apply to all DOJ enforcement litigation, not just EPA.

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EPA’s Amendments to the RMP Rule – What Are Company Compliance Obligations Under the New Rules and the Old Ones?

Dan Gruzca - Counsel, Hunton, Andrews, Kurth LLP

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EPA’s Regulatory Reform Agenda One Year In

Leann Johnson-Koch - Partner, Perkins and Coie LLP

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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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Evaluation of Innovative Methane Detection Technologies

Tim Taylor - Environmental Protection Specialist III / IR Camera Work Lead, Colorado Air Pollution Control Division

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Evolution of EPA Rules from Obama to Trump and Beyond

Suzanne Murray - Partner, HaynesBoone

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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

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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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Federal, State and Local Enforcement

James Smith - Shareholder, Crain, Caton & James

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The presentation will highlight recent federal environmental enforcement trends and update state and local enforcement developments.

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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

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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 Monitoring: Lessons Learned for Emissions and NHV Compliance

Andy Shurtleff - Market Manager- Refining and Petrochemicals , Airgas

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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

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

Leann Johnson-Koch - Partner, Perkins and Coie LLP

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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

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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

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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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Fugitive Emissions Standards and Laboratory Test Methods for Valves

Greg Johnson - President, United Valve

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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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Ground Flares, Air Quality Approvals and Requirements

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

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Pressure-assisted multi-point ground flare systems are used to control organic vapor emissions for a growing number of chemical manufacturing facilities. Ground flares serve the same purpose as conventional elevated flares, but current air quality regulations and approval processes are more complicated for ground flares. We will present key steps and challenges in the ground flare approval process, including the TCEQ Alternate Method of Control (AMOC) process and EPA Alternative Means of Emission Limitation (AMEL) process. We will discuss key compliance and permitting implications specific to ground flares at Texas chemical facilities. We will share actual permitting and approval timelines for example Texas ground flare projects.

Heated Sample Lines... "Don't judge a sample line by it's jacket - it's much more!"

Otto Hirsch - Global Product Manager, Thermon Inc.

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How IoT Will Impact Environmental Monitoring

Phillip Black - Product Marketing Director, Wood Group

How to Control Flares to Comply with RSR-63.670 Rules

George Cheng - CTO, CyboSoft

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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

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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

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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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Intricacies of Permitting Fugitive Emissions

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

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

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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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Introduction to AFPM/API Advancing Process Safety Programs

AFPM - , American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers

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American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and American Petroleum Institute (API) have been managing the Advancing Process Safety (APS) Programs since 2010. This presentation will give a brief overview of the programs, the tool kit that has been created, and AFPM’s Safety Portal. The discussion will be framed around how these tools can be beneficial to an Environmental Professional and how they can aid in the industry-wide knowledge sharing efforts.

Introduction to CEMS

Ty Smith - President, CEMTEK

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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)

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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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Isn’T It Ironic? A Case Study On Dry Seal vs. Wet Seal Centrifugal Compressor Emissions

Brandon Mogan - President & Principal Advisor, Tora Consulting, LLC

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The EPA has been pushing hard for the conversion from wet- to dry-seal centrifugal compressors for decades in an attempt to reduce emissions from the natural gas industry. Ironically, the opposite may have happened. Data from a recent study by Tora Consulting on centrifugal compressors most commonly found in the industry indicates that emissions from dry seal units are orders of magnitude higher than emissions from their wet seal counterparts. This presentation will provide the ultimate example of “missing the forest for the trees”.

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

Deever Bradley - Partner, ERM

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LDAR - Real World Problems

Earl Hassel - LDAR Coordinator, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company

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

Mazharuddin Shaikh - Safety Engineer, Kuwait Oil Company

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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

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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

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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

Managing Major Source Aggregation Air Permitting Risks

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

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Operating companies with capital investment plans may be exposed to project aggregation risks if: Multiple new facilities are constructed within several miles of each other (facility aggregation); or multiple capital projects are performed at the same facility with overlapping construction or short intervals between project activities (project aggregation). EPA has historically applied several project aggregation tactics to require a federal New Source Review (NSR) air permit and facility aggregation tactics to require federal Title V operating permits. Federal NSR and Title V permits involve extensive public notification and comment processes and additional compliance burdens. Federal permitting for capital projects can cause lengthy project delays, require additional expensive air pollution abatement equipment, and drive other unexpected costs. We will discuss past agency challenges, key risk indicators, the latest developments, and strategies to manage the risks.

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

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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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Measurement Technologies and Innovative Digital Solutions for Flare Management

Marcio Donnanngelo - Global Business Development Manager, Emerson Process Management

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Knowing the effects of flare system activity is not the same as knowing the hidden causes coming from behind the headers. And just controlling the flare stack is not enough. New asset monitoring technologies give granular insight into ancillary equipment for better flare management operations. With this never-captured-before data and analysis, you’ll be able to make timely corrections or elimination of the root causes. Find out how to get to the next level of operational performance and compliance with this new diagnostics technology.

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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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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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Obtaining the Vertical Wind and Flux Profile with Optical Technology

James Shinkle - Business Development, Optical Scientific

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This presentation will discuss LOA technology and how it can be used to help obtain the vertical wind and flux profile. There are many benefits of using a LOA Technology (Long Path Optical Anemometer) as a tool for tracking movements of large bodies of air, hazardous wind movements and atmospheric turbulence. We will discuss applications where LOA and OWV (Optical Wind and Vortex) Sensors have been combined with other instruments to more accurately monitor air pollution movement and wake vortex. Developed in the 1970‘s by ERL/NOAA, LOA simultaneously measures the average wind across the optical beam (crosswind) and the turbulence (CN2) over the measurement path. LOA and OWV have proven LOA technology in a number of diverse applications, including monitoring pollution drift from Denver to Greeley Colorado, tracking the movement of noxious odor from a large scale hog farm and measuring airflow velocity of HF gases from aluminum smelting operations where it has received EPA Method 14 Equivalency Approval. LOA technology has been extensively field tested as part of NASA’s Airspace Systems Program to help Airports to detect the effects of a wake vortex on or near ground level. Using two or more LOAs can provide large area 2 dimensional wind vectors that no other sensors could possibly measure. Adding additional sensors three or more LOAs to form a closed contour, provides not only large area 2-dimensional wind vectors, it can also provide the near ground vertical wind (below the inversion layer). This versatile technology results in both very powerful research tool and rugged / time proven operational instrument to provide critical information for large areas wind, dust, pollution and be set up for monitoring and tracking in one, two or three spatial dimensions.

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-line GC Solution to Comply with Flare Measurement Requirements

Ulrich Gokeler - Manager of Business Development, Siemens Industry

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OOOOa LDAR Compressor Station Case Study Results

Terence Trefiak - President, Target Emission Services

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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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Optical Gas Imaging: Examining Detection Limit and the Resulting Impact on Emissions Inventory

Jon Morris - CTO, Providence Photonics

Optimizing NG Compressor Station Permitting

Joel LeBlanc - Ashworth Leininger Group,

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This presentation puts forth a blueprint for a natural gas compressor station which maximizes compression capacity while maintaining an air emissions minor source status. The presentation will review common emissions sources, go into detail about equipment design considerations for minimizing emissions, and highlight best management practices.

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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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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PFAS - Analysis and Data Quality

David Gratson - Senior Technical Chemist, Environmental Standards

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Following on the PFAS Primer presentation, this talk will outline the challenges with the analysis of PFAS substances. Research laboratories have been identified hundreds of PFAS analogs and telomers in ground and drinking water. Yet, the EPA, DOD, and ASTM published methods account for only a small subset of potential PFAS chemicals of concern at any particular site. In addition, the published EPA method (537, ver. 1.1) was prepared for drinking water matrix, yet it has been modified by most laboratories and extended to general ground water, surface water, as well as soils/sediments. Significant differences have been identified in how the commercial laboratory community has modified this method. The presenter will provide an overview on the analytical methods for PFASs with focus on the use of LC/MS-MS. Method details and how they can impact data quality and comparability will be described.

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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Realtime Flare Gas Monitoring with Mass Spectrometer

Charles deCarlo - Marketing Manager, Extrel CMS LLC

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Recent Developments and Future Actions associated with 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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Reduce Turnaround Loading of H2S to the Flare and FGR Utilizing New Scrubber Technology

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

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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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Residual Assessments for Oil & Gas

Robert Reimers, Ph.D. - Director of Asepticys, Inc, President of Paradigm International, Inc. and Adjunct Professor , Tulane University

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Results of Flare Remote Monitoring

Yousheng Zeng - CEO, Providence Photonics

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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Safety as a Customer Service: Effective Communication for the Safety Professional

Daniel Boreman - HSSE Director, EMSI

Serving Two Masters; Understanding Texas and EPA Permitting Programs

Johnny Vermillion - Program Manager, Air Quality, Spirit Environmental

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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

Status/Updates on NSPS OOOOa

Karen Marsh - US EPA, OAQPS, Sectors Policies and Programs Division, US EPA

The Dirty Dozen: Our Worst CEM Field Stories of 2018

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

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A glimpse into both common, and unique CEM challenges which hinder refinery, petrochemical and chemical compliance. From the sample extraction point, to the vents of the analyzers, every inch of the CEM sample path can cause major problems with data capture and compliance. This presentation will benefit both skilled, and novice, CEM technicians, managers and supervisors by reviewing detailed accounts of CEM downtime, and the symptoms and solutions associated with each issue.

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

Troy Boley - Vice President, Spectrum Environmental Solutions, LLC

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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.

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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 Regulation of Oil & Gas Activities Under the Trump Administration

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

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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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UAVs for Emergency Response: Being Prepared for the Unthinkable

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

Upstream O&G Air Permitting 101

Adrienne Rosecrans - Environmental Program Manager, Ashworth Leininger Group

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This presentation gives a high level overview of air permitting requirements for air emissions sources from the wellhead all the way through Midstream gas treatment facilities. The web of federal and state applicable air permitting and regulatory requirements can be complex to navigate. We will discuss permit applicable equipment types, current federal and state permitting programs and practices, some key best practices, and recent oil and gas industry developments.

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 Capture Lost Profits Resulting from Flared or Reprocessed Fuels

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

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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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Utilizing Savings, Safety, and Reliability With Energy Surveys

James Nipper - Vice President, Petro Chemical Energy

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This presentation will go over the importance of energy surveys such as air & gas leak surveys, steam leak surveys, steam trap surveys, and insulation surveys. The presenter will discuss the importance of doing annual surveys based on information from our companies case studies. He will show how each survey can save you money from an economical view and how each survey can make your plant safer to work in and run more reliable. This is a very simple best practice project that can save your plant money and down time and to keep your employees safer and will help reduce your carbon foot print.

Vapor Lock Scrubber Technology Reducing Carbon Usage for BWON Compliance and Temporary Tank Storage

Sean Kirkpatrick - Chief Operations Officer, 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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Visible Emissions Management Using Best Available Technology

Shawn Dolan - President, Virtual Technology, LLC

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Waste Heat - a New Profit Center

Loy Sneary - President/CEO, Gulf Coast Green Energy

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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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Waters of the United States Rule: Why It Matters, What May Change

Lial Tischler - Partner, Tischler/Kocurek

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Who Are Your Keepers

Tom Lane - Vice President of HSE, The Miller Group

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This presentation will describe how a well meaning experienced temporary worker has changed the world by releasing Killer Bees. It will help Supervisors and Managers understand the importance of training, oversight, and having a workforce that isn't hesitant to ask questions.

Zero Emissions in Discharged Water

Carl Adams - Principal, Ramboll

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