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Chemical

Environmental Enforcement Developments in the Trump Administration

Matt Thurlow - Baker & Hostetler LLP

Description

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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Air Permitting

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

Everard Ashworth - 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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Chemical

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

Jim Woodard, Sean Kirkpatrick - Vapor Point, LLC

Description

The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state enforcement agencies have placed greater attention on the use of flares, and have in recent years placed new stringent regulations in place to directly impact flare operations (NSPS Subpart Ja), but are also imposing new National Ambient Emissions Standards 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 Volatile 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. This paper/presentation will be focused on how the deployment of mobile technologies eliminates H2S & SO2 emissions resulting in improved worker safety while eliminating concerns with Ja regulations.

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BWON

Downstream Confirmation of Benzene Loading

Carla Manzi - 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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2020

BWON Compliance Post-Consent Decree Era

Kati Petersburg - 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.

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LDAR

Enhanced LDAR Training: An Unconventional Approach to Training LDAR Technicians

Todd Morrison - Insight Environmental

Description

Is your LDAR training up to date with modern technology? This presentation will detail the process of incorporating technology such as 3D modeling and virtual and augmented reality into your LDAR training.

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Best Management Practices

How Do You Feel About Storing Your Emissions Data in the Cloud?

Matthew Radigan - REGS, LLC

Description

Cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive. In order to implement a cloud solution, you need some basic tools to connect your data source(s) to the Internet. Connection to the cloud storage needs to be secure, reliable and accessible. Turn on any new WiFi enable device, click through some prompts and you are connected. Technology made it so easy that it doesn’t even require a conscious thought to participate. Will the same environment that drives my social life translate to my workplace and more importantly, help me successful manage my critical air emissions compliance data. Required tools, feasibility and practicality of using cloud computing for compliance applications will be covered during the presentation.

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CEMS

Common CEMS Program Audit Findings

Eric Wiley - VIM Technologies

Description

Issues of non-compliance and poor system performance are frequently discovered during CEMS program audits. The presentation will also focus on best practice implementation that can assist facilities in ensuring that their CEMS programs are compliant with applicable regulatory requirements and help utilize limited resources as efficiently as possible. Real world examples of CEMS audit findings will be outlined and ways to avoid such issues will be discussed.

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LDAR

Evaluation of Innovative Methane Detection Technologies

Tim Taylor - Colorado Air Pollution Control Division

Description

The Evaluation of Innovative Methane Detection Technologies summarizes the technical-regulatory guidance document of the same title published by the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC) in September 2018 (https://methane-1.itrcweb.org/). Over the last number of years, several state, national and international governments have passed or are considering methane emission regulations related to oil and natural gas production and distribution. Historically, gas detection technologies used to regulate fugitive emissions in the oil and gas sector had to comply with EPA’s Method 21 requirements. With the advent of optical gas imaging (OGI) technologies, EPA established an alternative work practice (AWP) to allow inclusion of manually operated infrared cameras for leak detection. EPA's amendments to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) on methane and volatile organic compounds (VOC) for oil and gas sources include Method 21 and OGI technologies as approved compliance methods, as well as the option for approving new leak detection technologies. Colorado and Pennsylvania allow similar options in their regulation of methane and VOC from oil and gas operations. In response, innovators are currently developing new technologies that go beyond Method 21 and OGI. However, there is no standard methodology or protocol to evaluate performance of new technologies like these as compared to Method 21 or OGI. The ITRC guidance document seeks to provide a framework for evaluating methane and VOC detection technologies for use in meeting existing and forthcoming leak regulations, assisting with inventory monitoring and reporting, and for enhancing safety. The document also identifies regulatory barriers and opportunities for new or innovative leak detection technologies. The guidance document does not purport to provide "the answer" on how to evaluate leak detection technologies, particularly in regard to determining equivalency of new technologies or methods with existing, approved technologies or methods. However, the document does provide a starting point in this ongoing challenge and discussion, which continues beyond the publication of the document and will be refined further over time, including through efforts such as the Path to Equivalency project being lead by the Methane Emissions Technology Evaluation Center (METEC) at Colorado State University, and the Canadian Environmental Protection Agency's Leak Detection Technology Equivalency framework currently under development.

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Best Management Practices

Acoustic Condensate Stabilization

Stephen Saint Vincent - 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.

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Flares for Regulatory Compliance

Back from the Future

Don Kinder - MarkWest, Jake Fournier - Marathon, and Deever Bradley - ERM -

Description

MarkWest migrated away from the AWP for LDAR compliance monitoring. We left where everyone is trying to go and reverted back to M21 monitoring for our LDAR programs. Will have some stats and such to show the difference in leak % with OGI vs M21.

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CEMS

CEMS Lessons Learned

Ty Smith - Cemtek Group Inc.

Description

CEMTEK KVB-Enertec 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 lessons learned when testing, purchasing and deploying new monitoring technologies to measure NOx, SO2, CO, HCl, NH3, H2S, HF, HCN using lasers & DOAS compared to conventional technologies ranging from Dry Extractive, Dilution, Hot Wet, and In-situ for compliance and process monitoring.

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LDAR

LDAR Case Study Comparison of Conventional Method 21 vs Alternative Work Practice

Terence Trefiak - Montrose Air Quality

Description

I am the Managing Director of Target Emission Services. We provide fugitive emission surveys for the natural gas industry (transmission, processing, storage and LNG). We specialize in using Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) to detect hydrocarbon leaks and vents for regulatory compliance (EPA Subpart W - Green House Gas). However, we have started to utilize OGI to meet our natural gas processing clients various LDAR requirements (EPA OOOO and KKK) by following the Method 21 Alternative Work Practice (AWP) which allows for the use of optical infrared hydrocarbon detection. This AWP was released to provide industry with an option to use Optical Gas Imaging to replace “conventional” TVA type LDAR equipment for Method 21 facility inspections. OGI uses a specialized filtered infrared camera to provide a real time video of hydrocarbon gas leaks that are invisible to the human eye. The camera can survey up to 1000-1500 components per hour (compared to only 50 components/hour with conventional equipment), surpassing both the efficiency and effectiveness of traditional hand held gas analyzers. In addition many components that are classified as difficult to monitor using conventional hand held equipment can be readily scanned at a distance with the camera. A video of each emission source can also be recorded to provide the exact location of the leak and helps to ensure that the correct repair actions are being made. The use of OGI is on average 10 – 20 times more efficient that conventional LDAR equipment presenting a significant cost savings.The main questions are, • Is the AWP approach as actually as effective as the conventional LDAR approach? • Why are most LDAR contractors not using the AWP approach?• What are the tangible benefits (cost, # and size of leaks detected, safety, etc.) of OGI vs Conventional?My presentation will attempt to answer these questions using actual case study data from 2 large gas processing facilities. The presentation will compare survey results from both OGI and conventional monitoring and show specific examples (survey cost/durations, leak videos, etc.)

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BWON

On-Going BWON Compliance Concerns

Ken Garing - Ken Garing & Associates

Description

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.

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EHS Technology for O&G/Petrochemicals

Large Area Fugitive Emission Monitoring In All Conditions

Dr. Sophie Purser - MIRICO

Description

We present a detailed description and experimental results for a new laser sensing technique in combination with a gas emission survey method that remotely detects and maps the locations of multiple gas emission sources distributed across an extensive area. This presentation will focus on the application of this approach to methane and present results form an experimental evaluation of its performance using 17 calibrated releases, with support from he National Physical laboratory to create traceable standards. Our laser sensing approach, which we call Laser Dispersion Spectroscopy (LDS), uses changes in refractive index incurred by the optical beam to measure molecular concentration as opposed to traditional methods that depend of the intensity of the optical beam to quantify emission. The sensor offers improvements in precision, beam length, accuracy whereby the system inherently isolates common noise sources and offers enhanced performance in open path environments where detected optical intensity variation occurring form artefacts such as rain, water vapour result in inaccuracies when using traditional absorption techniques. Our experimental data set comprise of 7 optical beams that are sequentially steered on a timescale of ˜1Hz. Simultaneously we acquire 3D ultrasonic anemometry data and use this to drive a simple plume eddy dispersion model.

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Best Management Practices

Contractor Management

Ric Hartung - Process & Safety Solutions LLC

Description

Currently there are a large number of facilities covered by Process Safety Management (PSM) that either use a third party or manage their own contractor safety programs. Numerous compliance audits and National Emphasis Program (NEP) inspections has revealed a serious gap. While these third parties may do an adequate to good job in obtaining contractor information, evaluating statistics, and managing documentation, most fail to meet the requirement outlined in the PSM Regulation regarding contractor evaluations and verification. This gap leaves the host employer vulnerable to significant OSHA & EPA violations and fines. At issue, is the requirements outlined in several sections in the PSM regulation starting in sub-section (f)(4) stating that “the employer shall develop and implement safe work practices to provide for the control of hazards during operations such as lockout-tagout; confined space entry; opening process equipment or piping; and control over entrance into a facility by maintenance, contractor, laboratory, or other support personnel. These safe work practices shall apply to employees and contractor employees” (emphasis added). This indicates that the host employer’s safe work practices apply to not only its own employees, but also to the contractors that perform work in the covered process. The host employer responsibilities are further outlined in sub-section (h)(2)(v) such that “The employer shall periodically evaluate the performance of contract employers in fulfilling their obligations as specified in paragraph (h)(3) of this section. For the host to fulfill PSM obligations regarding contractors, it must verify that the contractor has received safe work practice training, including site-specific requirements, such as but not limited to, the potential hazards that may be present in the facility. The contractor may use their own safe work practices, but this would need to be agreed upon beforehand and the host “must” evaluate each safe work practice to ensure that they are equivalent or more stringent, than their own.

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2020

Calculating Project Increases

Johnny Vermillion - Spirit Environmental

Description

Do you find Major New Source Review applicability confusing? Have you noticed that even the initial step of trying to figure out project increases (much less the rest of the program) already starts to descend into a confusing mess? When it comes to calculating project increases these days, the “devil is in the details”. This presentation will provide background and suggested approaches on the new the EPA guidelines along with insight on some states’ decision on implementation.

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Chemical

Understanding Cooled vs Uncooled Optical Gas Imaging

Ron Lucier and Craig O’Neill - FLIR

Description

For over a decade, FLIR Systems has manufactured infrared cameras to visualize gas leaks of various kinds. These optical gas imaging (OGI) cameras are developed to “see” a variety of gases including hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide, sulfur hexafluoride, refrigerants, carbon monoxide, ammonia and more. These imagers are used to mitigate emissions, increase production efficiency, ensure safe work environments and more by a variety of industries. One great advantage of OGI cameras compared to other inspection technologies is the speed in which the technology can locate leaking components while not interrupting the industrial process. Historically OGI cameras have been designed with cooled infrared detectors that offer several advantages over uncooled thermal detectors but often come with a higher cost. Advancements in the technology of uncooled detectors have allowed the OGI camera manufacturers like FLIR to design and develop lower cost OGI solutions for these industries. While these are often lower in cost, there are some limitations versus imagers with cooled detectors. This paper will explain the differences in the two detector technologies and compare advantages/disadvantages of both.

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CEMS

Common CEMS RATA Failures and Risks

Paula Metz - Alliance Source Testing

Description

This presentation will focus on thing that may cause a CEMS RATA to fail and what can be done on the facility side and by the stack tester to reduce the potential for failures.

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Chemical

Federal, State and Local Enforcement

James Smith - Crain, Caton, & James

Description

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

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Best Management Practices

Reducing Well Pad Air Emissions

Jeffrey Wilson - EcoVapors Recovery Systems

Description

The U.S. EPA promulgated Clean Air Act regulations for upstream oil and gas facilities initially in 2011. While these regulations have been amended and expanded on several occasions to cover a variety of sources, emission data from upstream oil and gas facilities indicate that vapor resulting from the pressure drop from separation represents the largest single source of VOCs. Initial focus was on controlling or destroying the VOCs, although recovery of the rich gas is also a potential source of additional profit. The presentation compares and contrasts several of the standard methods for addressing these emissions from atmospheric storage and presents new technology for optimizing profitability while significantly reducing emissions and flaring. The effectiveness of reducing emissions of criteria pollutants as well as greenhouse gas emissions is also contrasted.

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CEMS

Simplifying CEM Reporting:The Revolution in Data Acquisition & Handling

Brian Fowler - ESC

Description

This session will provides a quick overview of current pressures that are requiring earlier and more accurate data validation, compliance averaging and recordkeeping. Then we’ll look at how a Data Acquisition and Handling Systems (DAS or DAHS) makes validated averages available immediately after acquisition for CEMS, COMS and CPMS. How does this change the flow and use of compliance data? Finally we’ll dig into passages from the RSR changes to MACT CC to examine the details of how different the recordkeeping and reporting for this rule will be as we enter the first year of compliance. Whatever solution you are planning to use, this session should provide helpful insight.

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Chemical

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 - Hunton Andrews Kurth 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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Flare Instrumentation and Analyzers

On-line GC Solution to Comply with Flare Measurement Requirements

Ulrich Gokeler - Siemens Industry

Description

On line GC measurement solutions are often utilized to satisfy and comply with a wide variety of flare measurement regulations. 63.670 (RSR), Chapter 115 (TCEQ HRVOC) and Subpart Ja, Rule 1118 (SCAQMD)for example. There are similarities between several regulations permitting to share the same analytical configuration. Often GCs are the default choice because reliability, familiarity and maintainability. Utilizing on-line analyzers successful is not necessarily the analyzer but the knowledge of sample transport and sample conditioning design, validation needs and simplicity of maintenance. This presentation will discuss analytical similarities especially between RSR and HRVOC, explain proven and reliable analytical configuration and possible validation simplifications.

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Air Permitting

EPA NSR Reforms: How to Capitalize Now and Later

Kristin Gordon - ALL4 Inc.

Description

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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Chemical

Cloud Based LDAR Solutions for Fugitive Emissions Compliance

Christopher Tucker - InspectionLogic

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.

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Best Management Practices

Auditing in the New Decade: Creating Value by Reducing Environmental Liabilities and Risks

Tim Wilkins & Eric Hodek - Bracewell LLP & Ramboll

Description

Environmental liabilities pose significant risks in mergers, acquisitions, and ongoing concerns. Our presenters will discuss practical strategies for stakeholders, owners, or operators to leverage audit protections to strengthen their financial position.

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CEMS

Particulate Testing: Modern Solutions to Modern Limits

Justin Sullivan - Alliance Source Testing

Description

Particulate matter (PM) with diameters less than 10 and 2.5 micrometers pose a significant health risk to local communities. Because of this, regulations regarding PM 10 and PM 2.5 are ever increasing. The methodology used to test for PM is advancing to meet the needs of modern standards. Other Test Method (OTM) 37 offers a superior approach to PM testing as compared to traditional sampling techniques. This discussion will take an in depth look at several side by side comparisons of data from OTM 37 and traditional sampling methods. Topics discussed will include reduced test time, greater analytical sensitivity, and decreased bias from interferents.

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Air Permitting

Upstream Oil & Gas Air Permitting 101

Adrienne Rosecrans - Ashworth Leininger Group

Description

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.

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Chemical

Emerging Trends in Owner Compliance

George Perrett - Industrial Safety Training Council (ISTC)

Description

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.

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Chemical

Turnaround LDAR Best Management Practices

Jeff Diehl - Think Environmental

Description

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Chemical

RTR Update

Steve Smith - LyondellBassell

Description

EPA is proposing multiple Risk and Technology (RTR) rules in 2019 that will affect the chemical and petrochemical industries, including the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Miscellaneous Organic Chemical Manufacturing (MON), Organic Liquids Distribution (OLD), Ethylene Production, and Stationary Combustion Turbines. This presentation will review changes EPA is proposing to make to various NESHAP as a result of their risk reviews, technology reviews, or in response to past court decisions. These changes affect startup and shutdown, stringency of the standards, maintenance procedures, monitoring, and reporting. We will highlight proposed changes that are similar to the Refinery Sector Rule, changes that increase stringency of standards for ethylene oxide emission sources, and where various chemical and petrochemical sector rules will now have slightly different requirements. The presentation will also discuss industry comments submitted to EPA on the major proposed changes.

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Chemical

Are You Ready? Contingency Planning for the RMP Amendments and Litigation

Justin Savage, Simone Jones - Sidley Austin, LLP

Description

The RMP Amendments impose several burdensome obligations, including reporting up to the Board of Directors. EPA’s attempt to repeal or narrow the amendments will likely be tied up in litigation in the DC Circuit, but in the meantime, compliance deadlines are soon approaching. In the midst of this uncertainty, this session will discuss the DC Circuit litigation, enforcement trends, and planning for the amendments.

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Chemical

How Digital Transformation Can Impact Compliance for Environmental and Safety Regulation

Marcio Donnangelo, Steve Probst - Emerson Automation Solutions

Description

This presentation will give you an overview of how Digital Transformation is eliminating layers of complexity to bring pre–interpreted field data directly to those who need to make decisions and take action. Two examples will be highlighted: Environmental reporting involves flow measurements which must be verified to be accurate. Discovery of an inaccurate measurement can be costly for operators as they may pay fines from the last date they can prove accurate measurement. Meter verification tools make it simple and convenient to prove accuracy over time. Operators will be notified of problems immediately to avoid misreporting and allowing for immediate corrective action. PRVs are no longer isolated mechanical devices that rely on manual rounds as part of a preventive maintenance program. Release and leakage alerts can be wirelessly monitored, and then integrated into reporting and analytical systems. Powerful tools are now available to interpret these patterns and predict future releases before they occur.

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Best Management Practices

Design & Operation Guidelines for Low Heater Emissions

Erwin Platvoet - XRG Technologies, LLC

Description

The challenge to minimize emissions from a fired heater starts with good burner design, backed up by a properly executed burner test. But it doesn’t end there; the burner test only demonstrates the lowest theoretical emissions for a single burner under controlled conditions. In the field, however, several factors conspire against the designers and operators, occasionally resulting in emissions that are significantly higher than anticipated. This presentation will demonstrate how heater design, operation and maintenance can impact the actual emissions of pollutants and offers some practical guidelines for both designers and operators.

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Air Permitting

NSPS OOOOa: Updates, Equivalency, and the Alternative Work Practice

Karen Marsh - US EPA

Description

On October 15, 2018, EPA proposed technical revisions to the NSPS OOOOa. The proposal addressed many topics, including the application process for the use of emerging technologies for fugitive emissions detection. There have been various efforts to develop frameworks for understanding equivalency but several questions remain unanswered, particularly around how EPA will evaluate potential alternatives. On December 22, 2008, EPA published a voluntary alternative work practice for LDAR using optical gas imaging, which may provide some insight into future equivalency evaluations for sources in NSPS OOOOa. Since promulgation of the alternative work practice, advancements have been made in leak detection technologies that warrant examination of revisions to that rule as well. This presentation will provide a brief status update of the technical amendments to NSPS OOOOa including examining key questions regarding emerging technologies and equivalence to the OGI fugitive emissions program. This presentation will also explore how updates for the alternative work practice may provide insight for evaluating equivalency for OOOOa. 1 Hour Presentation.

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Emerging Technology

Applications and Field Results for Quantitative Optical Gas Imaging

Jon Morris - Providence Photonics

Description

Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) is gaining traction as the best available Leak Detection and Repair technology(LDAR) for the detection of fugitive emissions. The NSPS OOOOa regulations, for the first time, have allowed for OGI as the primary LDAR technology. In addition, the emerging field of Quantitative Optical Gas imaging (QOGI) has opened up new applications and new possibilities for OGI. A recent QOGI method which allows operators to determine emission rates using a handheld optical gas imager. The technology has been tested and validated through various field studies and independent testing.This presentation will discuss applications and field testing results for QOGI in the upstream oil and gas industry. QOGI results are compared to known release rates and other quantitative methods. Applications for QOGI in both upstream and downstream oil and gas and petrochemical industries. Comparisons are made between available quantification technologies in the context of Leak Detection and Repair.

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Air Permitting

Optimizing NG Compressor Station Permitting

Joel LeBlanc - Ashworth Leininger Group

Description

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.

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BWON

Vapor Lock Scrubber Technology Reducing Carbon Usage for BWON Compliance

Jim Woodard, Jeff St. Amant - Vapor Point, LLC

Description

Vapor Point has been contracted by many refining clients, who have been challenged with the proper design of BWON related controls, to determine the most effective control system when considering cost and efficiency. The challenge with many BWON applications is the significant variability in contaminate concentrations which poses challenges in designing the vapor control system. Predominately, activated carbon is considered a BACT for BWON applications, while thermal oxidizers/combustors are also considered BACT, but not as widely utilized. Changing emissions characteristics of a refinery waste system, can render a well-conceived design selection ineffective. This discussion will focus on carbon absorption systems and how incorporating the VaporLockTM under the correct circumstances improves the system design providing improved margins through direct (activated carbon changeouts), and indirect costs savings (unaccounted for man hours for carbon changeouts/exchanges, and environmental management associated with monitoring and NESHAP requirements for new and spent carbon canisters). We’d like to further highlight, that over the past nine years, we have encountered several clients that elected to utilize a combustion device due to the peak loading during high emission events, ultimately recognizing increased costs due to propane/fuel consumption and maintenance downtime due to the operating conditions of the combustion device. This presentation will review a specific application where Vapor Point was enlisted by a Major Gulf Coast Refinery to investigate the ability to decrease carbon usage at a sump emissions control point which was part of the facilities BWON program. Vapor phase carbon is required per the site’s consent decree as the primary control device at various control points across the facility. The client selected one area where a significant increase in carbon consumption had occurred over a period of time. This sump emissions control point was selected as the pilot project for the installation of Vapor Point’s proprietary liquid scrubber system to decrease the loading of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and specifically the benzene on the primary control device, vapor phase carbon.

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Best Management Practices

Best Practices for Vapor Recovery Systems to Reduce Venting and Flaring with Economic Benefit

Jeff Voorhis - HY-BON

Description

Existing and evolving regulatory requirements require oil and gas producers to reduce venting and flaring of natural gas from their operations. Regulatory agencies tightening venting and flaring emissions include Environment Canada, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA), U.S. Department of the Interior, state/province environmental and oil and gas mining regulatory agencies. These rules seek to minimize the loss of natural resources and to reduce air pollution emissions. The air pollutants of concern include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and the greenhouse gases methane and carbon dioxide. The source of the natural gas is primarily flash gas liberated from the storage of crude oil and condensate. The presentation discusses the drivers for reducing venting and flaring and gives a step by step approach to vapor recovery from project identification to ultimate success in sending gas to a gathering or sales pipeline. The characteristics of storage tank vent gas are discussed. Steps include identifying project scope and emission standards, design data needs, best design practices, installation, commissioning and monitoring systems. The use of smart systems to measure and monitor system operation and the amount of gas recovered is included. Also covered is the design and use of vapor recovery towers (VRTs) to reduce the chance of oxygen entering the vapor recovery systems.Supplemental emission controls using vapor combustion units as backups to the vapor recovery system is also addressed. The presentation will also introduce new technologies used to automate the detection and reporting of leaks from open thief hatches used on storage tanks and Linear Rod Pumps.

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Air Permitting

Recent TCEQ Permitting and Modeling Changes – Lessons Learned and Future Strategies

Frank Dougherty - ALL4 Inc.

Description

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has enacted impactful changes to the way it requires permitting and modeling projects to be completed and submitted. These changes, most of which are required by June 2019, include the introduction of several new air permitting and modeling spreadsheets designed to streamline the air permitting process. During this presentation, we will summarize, review lessons learned, and provide examples on how to use these new workbooks, which are intended to significantly reduce the amount of TCEQ spends reviewing applications.

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Air Permitting

Air Quality Tools for the 21st Century

Robert Opiela - NaviKnow

Description

The air quality permitting process is a data-driven process. Federal permit applicability (do you trigger PSD?), netting calculations, rule applicability, emission calculations, etc. require input data. A permit application cannot be prepared or reviewed without access to the necessary information required by the rules and regulations. Finding, retrieving, and manipulating the dozens of available data sets adds days, even weeks to the processes to prepare and review the permit application. Do you really want to expedite the air quality permit process? NaviKnow Solutions has developed 21st century tools where you can easily locate, access, and download the information needed to complete or review air quality permit applications ALL in one location. We have also developed tools to significantly automate the application review. See how a significant amount of time can be shaved off the air quality permit application process without having to pay for an "expedited" permit application review.

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BWON

A Wastewater Solution for an Air Pollution Problem

Todd Lusk - SLR Consulting

Description

The regulatory requirements for managing benzene- and VOC-laden streams from wastewater treatment units require refineries to implement vapor control technologies that are often expensive to implement and/or operate. This session presents another option – the VOC BioTreatTM process, an alternative control technology that utilizes unit operations already in place at most wastewater treatment facilities and can substantially reduce the costs associated with BWON compliance. The presentation will provide information on the necessary steps to evaluate, model, test, and implement the VOC BioTreatTM process, and will describe case studies to support the economic and environmental benefits.

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Best Management Practices

Barr will demonstrate its free Microsoft Excel spreadsheet tools for storage tank emissions, LDAR program review and compliance reporting, and MACT CC flare NHVcz standards

Corey Mead - Barr Engineering

Description

Description coming soon

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Air Permitting

Upcoming MACT Residual Risk and Technology Reviews - What to Expect and Lessons Learned from the Refinery Sector Rule (RSR)

Rose E. Waypa - Barr Engineering

Description

EPA has proposed multiple updates to rules following a residual risk and technology review (RTR) that will incorporate 2015 Refinery Sector Rule (RSR) requirements into rules affecting the chemical and petrochemical industries, including facilities subject to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Miscellaneous Organic Chemical Manufacturing (MON), Organic Liquids Distribution (OLD), and Ethylene Production. Proposed rule updates include incorporating new work practice standards (i.e., pressure relief devices and maintenance vents), developing innovative outside-the-unit monitoring techniques (i.e., fenceline monitoring), establishing comprehensive control device operating requirements (i.e., flares), addressing startup and shutdown operations against continuous emissions limits, and modernizing reporting and recordkeeping requirements (i.e.,CEDRI and ERT), all consistent with the final RSR updates. This presentation will focus on lessons learned from the implementation and the first year of compliance with the final RSR updates, and how those lessons learned can be applied to the industries affected by the latest RTRs. The presentation will include a step-wise approach to identifying compliance gaps, developing a work plan, and implementing new monitoring equipment and compliance procedures.

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Best Management Practices

Integrating Speciation Data For Chemical Plants and Refineries

John Beath - JBE

Description

A surprising number of reports rely on chemical speciation data for purchased chemicals, feedstocks, intermediate streams and products. Recent experience with an EPA NEIC inspection underscored the value in centralizing this data for consistency. Calculations related to quantities present onsite (Tier Two), release reporting and threshold determinations (EPCRA/SARA), emissions calculations (EI/TRI), TSCA Manufacturing Inventory (coming in 2020), RMP (Maximum Intended Inventory), PSM (operator process information), OSHA Hazard Communication, and permit applications could benefit from a carefully orchestrated process. Imagine if the system you develop internally could answer simple questions for emergency situations like what’s the composition of the material in that drum, or that heat exchanger; and imagine if a process was in place to keep all of the content revised as process changes occur.

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Chemical

Location Awareness - Improving Safety with Wireless Monitoring

Marcio Donnangelo - Emerson Automation Solutions

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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Best Management Practices

Leak Management - LeakDAS Case Study

Derek Reese - ExxonMobil

Description

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Health and Safety

Tiny Habits® and Behavior Design to Transform the EH&S Workspace

Shirley Rivera - Resource Catalysts

Description

A first-of-its-kind approach, Shirley brings Tiny Habits and Behavior Design to complement existing EH&S practices - think compliance management, training, refreshers, and workspace culture. Behavior Design, a field of study by Stanford Behavior Scientist, BJ Fogg, PhD., is based on a set of models and methods to design solutions that can influence behaviors. Behavior Design shares a similar context - environment, interactions, choice - with behavior-based safety programs, procedures development, and training endeavors. Attendees of this session will learn the Fogg Method and Tiny Habits, which simplifies habit formation. They will self-design three tiny habits that match one’s environment to practice and discover opportunities to apply the method in their workspace and personal lives

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Chemical

The Transformation of LDAR: Predictive Leak Management Software

Brian Whitley - Emission Monitoring Service, Inc. (EMSI)

Description

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Best Management Practices

Methane Emissions - Adopting a find it, fix it mentality!

Scott Wallis - Score Valves

Description

When companies detect a fugitive emission on their asset, it usually gets added to a leak register for repair at the next convenient opportunity. Because so many "weeps" can exist at any one time, if the repair program is not efficient and weeps are not repaired in a timely manner, this not only costs the asset money and affects performance, it becomes a serious safety and environmental issue. If just one leak was to escalate and shut the plant down, this has a huge financial cost and knock on impact. The message - It can be avoided if we find and repair our weeps regularly.

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Chemical

Alternative Work Practice: How Revisions May Affect Refineries

Karen Marsh - US EPA

Description

On December 22, 2008, EPA published a voluntary alternative work practice for LDAR using optical gas imaging. Since promulgation, advancements have been made in leak detection technologies that warrant examination of revisions to the alternative work practice. EPA plans to propose revisions to the alternative work practice in 2020 which may impact how refineries would implement the alternative. This presentation will discuss key questions, related to refineries, that EPA is considering during development of this proposal.

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Oil & Gas

Kinder Morgan Methane Reduction Activities: Where are We Now and Where Do We Go From Here

Karen Nielsen - Kinder Morgan

Description

Karen will discuss how Kinder Morgan started methane reduction activities, achievements to date, and plans for improving programs going forward.

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Best Management Practices

Do you have the Right Tank? Thief Hatch?

James Van Horne - SLR International Corporation

Description

Coming soon.

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Drones

Drone Based OGI OOOOa (Quadcopter Drone)

Roy Massengale - Enrud

Description

Coming soon.

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LDAR

Holistic Asset Management Using Methane Data & Analytics

Aaron Van Pelt - Picarro

Description

Advances in mobile methane detection technology and analytics allow natural gas emissions data to be collected at a speed and scale not previously possible. Concurrent advances in “Big Data” Analytics allow better-informed conclusions to be drawn from that data and action taken. Such data-driven decisions are showing substantial financial benefits in pipe replacement, risk reduction, leak survey and emissions reduction. Methane data can be collected across a natural gas network and then used for multiple applications – an example being annual patrols to find and repair the highest-emitting leaks wherein secondary uses of the same data might be for improved prioritization of pipeline replacement projects and for risk-based leak survey. This revolution in the rapid, wide-scale collection and use of methane data is driving gas operators to use it in all aspects of how they manage their assets.

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Air Permitting

Launcher and Receiver Consent Decree

Rob McHale & Jake Fournier - MPLX G&P & Marathon

Description

MPLX LP, through its subsidiaries MarkWest Liberty Midstream & Resources, L.L.C. and Ohio Gathering Company, L.L.C., has entered into a first-of-its-kind agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Department of Justice to implement design and operating improvements at pipeline launcher and receiver stations. As a result of these best management practices, emissions from these operations are expected to be reduced by as much as 85 percent. As part of the agreement, we are sharing our proprietary designs for “pig ramps” to minimize liquid loss during pig retrieval and information on the installation of depressure systems to reduce the pressure in the launcher/receiver chamber prior to opening.

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Chemical

Ultra-Low Steam Consumption, High Capacity Smokeless Flare

Clayton Francis - Zeeco

Description

This paper will introduce the technology behind, test data for, and industry challenges addressed by a new Ultra-Low Steam Consumption, High Capacity Smokeless Flare design developed by Zeeco, Inc. This flare technology is designed to further improve flaring efficiency and reduce steam consumption while continuing to meet the EPA Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 1, Subchapter C, Part 63, Subpart CC requirements. We will focus on how the design addresses known industry challenges in high capacity, low steam consumption flaring, such as needing the ability to operate at low flare gas pressure since many applications have a maximum flare gas pressure at the flare tip of 3 psig. The paper will detail how this new design can achieve as low as 0.17 lbs. steam / lbs. flare gas at 20% of maximum flow rate, with the maximum flow rate achieved at a flare gas pressure of 3 psig. The above data is based upon a 5 mph wind with less than Ringlemann 1 opacity and a flare gas that is 100% propylene. For smokeless operation with propylene, other current steam assisted flare designs require approximately 0.5 lbs. steam / lbs. flare gas and / or a much higher flare gas pressure at maximum flaring capacity. Ultra-Low Consumption Steam Assisted Flaring is very important since any reduction in the required steam flow rate saves not only money, but also reduces the emissions produced from the production of the required higher steam flows. A key feature of this technology is that the air and steam mixture leave the flare at the same elevation as the flare tip exit, meaning no pre-mixing of air into the flare stream. Other current industry designs mix the air and steam with the flare gas prior to exiting the flare tip, negatively impacting the NHVcz according to the new calculation parameters required by MACT CC. Zeeco’s design more efficiently mixes the steam and air together and then mixes the resulting stream with the flare gas, creating a final mixture with a significantly increased volume of air. When the resulting mixture interacts with the flare gas at the tip exit, the increased air volume is readily available for combustion, meaning the flare is less likely to smoke. Since the design more efficiently mixes the air and steam together, less steam is required to achieve smokeless operation. Furthermore, the inherent efficiency of the mixing delivers a design less dependent upon using flare gas pressure to achieve smokeless operation. The flare can successfully operate at lower gas pressures at maximum flow rate.

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Chemical

Closed Loop Flare Operations and Remote Measurement of Flare Gas Flow Rate

Yousheng Zeng - Providence Photonics

Description

A Video Imaging Spectral Radiometry (VISR) device is integrated into a flare control system to automatically adjust steam assist based on the smoke level of the flare. The VISR device is also used to remotely measure flare gas flow rate. The results of these new features and applications will be presented.

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Air Permitting

New Building Downwash Options in AERMOD

Sergio Guerra - GHD Services

Description

The presentation will cover the new building downwash options included in the August 2019 version of AERMOD. The current Plume Rise Model Enhancements (PRIME) formulation in AERMOD has a number of theoretical flaws that have been documented on the treatment of downwash in AERMOD. A renewed interest and scrutiny of these downwash shortcomings fueled a parallel, yet complementary, effort led by industry and EPA. These efforts led to the new experimental Alpha options available in the new version of AERMOD. These Alpha options were developed by the PRIME2 committee and EPA’s Office of Research and Development The current presentation will cover the new Alpha options developed along with the implications of this new process to add new science to the regulatory model.

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Flare Instrumentation and Analyzers

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

Troy Boley - 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 be to provide 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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PFAS

A Practitioner’s Guide to PFAS – Lessons learned and best practices to ensure project efficiency and desired outcomes

Tiffany Thomas - EnSafe

Description

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Air Permitting

Permitting for a Successful LDAR Program

Brandon Mogan - Tora Consulting, LLC

Description

Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) is often an afterthought during the permitting phase of a project. Common issues include: underestimated counts of fugitive emission components (valves, flanges, etc.), application of LDAR program reduction efficiencies to components that aren’t monitored, overgeneralized stream compositions, and lack of design team knowledge with respect to LDAR requirements. Failure to address these issues can result in significant penalties, underscored by numerous consent decrees issued by EPA over the past few years. The presentation will discuss best practices to address these common issues based experience with permitting and LDAR program implementation at various facilities in the US.

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Chemical

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

Suzanne Murray - 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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Health and Safety

Where do Security, Environmental and Safety Overlap?

Tony Robledo - US EPA

Description

Drones equipped with Forward Looking Infrared Camera payloads perform critical security, environmental and safety missions. The camera may detect a flange leak thereby preventing a flange fire or worse. The drone capabilities enhance loss mitigation (theft prevention) and provide situational awareness during emergency response. The RMP regulation touches on many of these elements. Where does the general duty clause begin and end? How will time alter our view of the boundary of the clause? Does the increasing availability of satellite images and google video impact the boundaries of the clause or the public’s expectations regarding reasonable security measures? Aspects of risk management in regard to the current environmental impacts and facility regulatory requirements as outlined in the Clean Air Act Sections 112(r)(1) AND 112(r)(7) and compliance with 40 CFR Part 68 - Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions will be covered by Tony Robledo of the US EPA. The presentation includes a short case study regarding an explosion at a Natural Gas Plant.

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Chemical

Leveraging Digital Twin technology to reduce inspection-related defects and optimize your LDAR program

Boun Sananikone, David Tullos - Bureau Veritas

Description

LDAR programs are based upon accurate inspections, timely repair, and proper identification of required components which need to monitored. Without the aforementioned, components working in parallel, your program maybe missing critical inspection points. Learn how Bureau Veritas is improving internal quality and helping our clients develop world-class fugitive emissions programs through our methodology.

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Chemical

Flare Guardian Project

Clayton Francis - Zeeco

Description

Eliminate the inaccuracies and delayed results inherent to indirect flare monitoring. Directly monitors flare performance in real-time rather than determining compliance and combustion efficiency through a time-consuming, repetitive process of measuring inputs, assuming reactions and velocities, and arriving at an assumed operating status.

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Chemical

Flare System Control and Optimization at Refineries and Chemical Plants

Lei Sui - Baker Hughes

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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Chemical

Advantages of Hot-Filter Cooled OGI technology for Leak Detection and Quantification

Ram Hashmonay - Opgal

Description

The ability to manually replace or automatically swap filters in an OGI camera provide many advantages for various OGI applications. This presentation reviews several OGI applications, where swapping the filter provides better detection sensitivity, longer range, compounds' classification, and more accurate quantification.

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Chemical

Flare Gas Measurement Lessons Learned from Refineries & Future of Chemical Plants

Arnold Griswold - Fluenta Inc.

Description

EPA’s Refinery Sector Rule is about to come online. The new rule will cover all aspects of combustion efficiency to ensure the flare operation is done in a manner that is safe for the environment and safe for the operation of the facility. Refineries will undoubtedly need to take some actions irrespective of whether they use steam or air assisted flares in order to ensure heating values of at least 300 BTU/scft of gas at the flare. This can be done by monitoring gas composition, steam/air flow and flare gas flow rate.As flow rate is part of the calculation supplied to meet the requirements put forward by the EPA, a gas flow meter will need to be used to provide that piece of the puzzle. This presentation will discuss how ultrasonic flow meters have been used to determine the flowrates in refineries and other facilities. A discussion will follow focused on how this technology helps the facility operator comply with the existing and new EPA regulations, and on how much more can be done from the metering perspective to help the implementation of the new EPA rule.

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Best Management Practices

Converting Your Emissions to Electricity and More

Mark Lancaster - Baker Hughes

Description

Baker Hughes is at the forefront of the next wave of smart and efficient energy technologies that help operators discover and produce oil and gas. Technology enabling the electrification of surface facilities and pressure pumping equipment offering significant potential for operational and efficiency gains.

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Chemical

The Proposed Flare Requirements of Ethylene MACT – Latest Update

Troy Boley - Spectrum Environmental Solutions

Description

Coming soon.

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Air Permitting

What to Aggregate: Geographic and Temporal Considerations in Identifying Major Modifications

Eric Groten and Eric Hodek - Vinson & Elkins and Ramboll

Description

Our presenters will discuss implications of defining your project, both spatially and temporally, for PSD permitting providing some information and insight on aggregation issues and strategies to facilitate project aggregation reviews. The Clean Air Act imposes PSD preconstruction permitting requirements on new major sources or modifications at existing major sources. Determination of “major” in both of these contexts relies on defining the scope of your project, both spatially and temporally. With “aggregation” being informed by state and federal guidance, policy, and case interpretations, project reviews and roles have become quite complex and pose risk to project schedules and economics. This presentation will provide some information insight on aggregation issues and strategies to facilitate project aggregation reviews.

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LDAR

ZEVAC® - Reducing gas released during routine operations & maintenance

Brad Sando - TPE Midstream

Description

Intentional release of natural gas during routine operations and maintenance has been identified by the US House Pipeline Safety Bill as an area to implement best-available technology for capturing released gas. Make ZEVAC® your BAT/BACT for reducing or eliminating release activity, as it was designed specifically to handle high frequency, low volume events keeping the gas safely in the piping system. Look to ZEVAC® to reduce or eliminate emissions throughout the value chain, whether you’re upstream, gathering, transmission, storage or distribution. For NGL operators, ZEVAC® Q is an industry first compressor technology capable of handling both liquid and vapor phase. Q is a safe alternative to thermal controls and flaring.

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Oil & Gas

HSE Buy-in, How to Give it, How to Get it, and How to Keep it.

Tom Hutchins - Kinder Morgan

Description

We all have great ideas, but many fail to get accepted by management and others fail after initial implementation challenges. Getting and keeping senior management buy-in and support are critical success factors for any project or program. The presentation will provide insights into key elements of obtaining senior management buy-in and the keeping the support during the implementation and operations phases of projects.

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Best Management Practices

Data Collection, Process Automation & Reporting Mobilized for Environmental Health & Safety

Jack Phur - Mobile Epiphany

Description

Every business has unique challenges in streamlining their processes and reducing their cost. Mobile Epiphany never loses sight of this objective. Our innovative Rapid Application Configuration (RAC) platform allows us to help organizations solve their most complex operational challenges and pain points. Most importantly, our approach to rapid implementation allows our customers to start solving their problems quickly.

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Oil & Gas

Diversity & Leadership Panel

Sucheta Gokhale - HollyFrontier, Maury Dobbie - Colorado Research Collaboratory, Uzi Ibrahim - 4C Marketplace -

Description

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Emergency Response

Community Outreach in Emergency Response

CISA Region 6 - DHS CISA Region 6

Description

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Fired Heater Flooding

Douglas Basquez - HollyFrontier (Ret.)

Description

Serious incidents continue to occur in the process industries. 1 In particular, fired heater incidents can be very hazardous with the potential for equipment damage, severe injuries, and even fatalities. 2 This is not a new phenomenon as fired heaters have been used for many years and incidents have occurred over that entire span. Despite best efforts, there are many accounts of fired heaters having ruptured tubes, fires, and explosions. These incidents range from minor excursions with no significant damage to the heater, to very violent occurrences with serious consequences. One way to help reduce these incidents is to share best practices within the industry 3 which is the purpose of this paper.Because fired heaters have been used for decades, a great deal of knowledge and experience has been gained regarding safe operation. This information has been compiled into industry standards, recommended practices and guidelines, technical papers, and books. 4,5 For example, the American Petroleum Institute (API) develops relevant standards that provide guidelines for safely operating heaters. API Recommended Practice 535 6 provides detailed information on safe process burner operation. Despite these detailed guidelines, incidents continue to occur.One particular type of heater problem is referred to as flooding where too much fuel enters a heater without enough oxygen to properly combust that fuel. There are many possible causes for this such as over-firing burners, inadequate air flow coming through the burners, changes in fuel composition, and tube ruptures. There has been increased interest in the industry in this problem which continues to be an issue and to cause incidents. Plants are asking for operator training to specifically include this topic. The proposed presentation will discuss how heater flooding may occur, potential consequences, best practices to minimize the chances for flooding to occur, and what should be done if it occurs.

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Air Permitting

Upstream Oil & Gas Emissions Inventory Calculations

TBD - TCEQ

Description

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Air Permitting

Photochemical Modeling for Ozone Inter-Precursor Trading

Qi Zhang - GHD Services

Description

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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BWON

BWON Auditing

Bart Leininger - Ashworth Leininger Group

Description

The National Emission Standard for Benzene Waste Operations (BWON or Subpart FF) is a complex regulation that is difficult to assess in the context of a due diligence assessment. These assessments are conducted within compressed schedules, essential documentation is typically limited or unavailable, and the liabilities for non-compliance are significant. Given the complexity of the BWON regulation, even a seasoned practitioner can miss a significant compliance issue, which could result in a costly corrective actions and potential enforcement exposure for a new owner. Further complicating the due diligence are Subpart FF enhanced requirements mandated in Consent Decrees. Assessing compliance with these enhanced requirements is just as important as compliance with the regulation itself. Given this complex backdrop, Subpart FF assessment during a due diligence must have a laser focus on those requirements of most importance for the acquisition. This presentation draws upon the presenter’s experience in performing detailed Subpart FF assessments in the context of a due diligence and from litigation related to BWON compliance. The presentation uses case study examples to illustrate key areas of inquiry that should be part of the assessment, and provides helpful and practical recommendations for evaluating key aspects of a Subpart FF compliance program. This presentation will also be of interest to BWON professionals with ongoing operations as it provides a “mental checklist” of areas of potential exposure in their BWON compliance program.

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LDAR

Emerging Technologies in Leak Detection and Quantification

Stephen Conley, PhD. - Scientific Aviation

Description

With scientifically-outfitted airplanes, a drone-based quantification and LDAR platform, a mobile laboratory and continuous monitoring devices (in development), Scientific Aviation has become a trusted voice in emissions research and management. Come hear what we’ve learned in our years of global experience, including our in-situ quantification methods and our perspective on emerging technologies in emissions research.

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Chemical

Assessing the Human Health Risks to Fugitive Airborne Ethylene Oxide Emissions

Benjamin Chandler - GHD Services

Description

A recent study by the US EPA Integrated Risk Information System indicated and increased carcinogenic potential for community exposures to airborne Ethylene oxide (EtO) around facilities using EtO. The resulting changes to the EtO risk criteria by the US EPA have increased public scrutiny for EtO users to reduce emissions and ensure healthy conditions within neighboring communities. This presentation will focus on strategies for measuring ambient levels of EtO in outside air for the purpose of determining potential human health risks. Integrated air sampling methodologies will be discussed along with predictive air dispersion modeling capabilities and emission control solutions. A brief history of the EPA rule changes for Texas will also be presented as the basis for regulatory compliance.

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Best Management Practices

Realtime PRV Leak Detection and Process Data Analysis for Environmental, Occupational and Process Safety Management

Marcelo Dultra & Marcio Donnangelo - Emerson Automation Solutions

Description

20% of PRVs in a typical operation are potentially leaking. Undetected and therefore not reported PRV releases occur more often than operators realize and are one of the major causes to compromise valve sealing integrity. PRVs are the last line of defense against process overpressure and it is critical that all releases be reported and recorded for process safety root cause analysis, including near miss safety events. Join this session with Anderson Greenwood Crosby PRV team to discuss wireless monitoring solutions that enable operators to correlate real time PRV information with process data and maintenance records to improve environmental, occupational and process safety management.

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Chemical

Same Road; Different Trees

Daniel Boreman - Emission Monitoring Service, Inc. (EMSI)

Description

In an environment where so much emphasis is placed on safety, it is easy for workers to lose sight of who is truly responsible for individual safety. Complacency is arguably one of the biggest hazards faced by LDAR monitoring technicians in the field environment. This presentation highlights just how easy it is, even with the best intentions, to become complacent and offers some techniques to get workers re-focused and combat complacency.

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CEMS

Comprehensive CEMS Stack 102: Process Optimization

Dean Kotecki - Envea

Description

Continuous monitoring instruments for bag–house filter performance control, bag leak detectors, flue gas & solid flow moisture monitoring, level detection, reagent injection control, etc. allowing the optimization of your processes: raw material & energy savings, reduction of environmental impacts.

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Emerging Technology

Advanced Technology for Real Time Fence-Line Perimeter Monitoring.

Gilad Shpitzer - Atmosfir Optics Ltd.

Description

Atmosfir Optics, Ltd., will present the D-fenceline System, an advanced software application, applied to classical FTIR, Open Path Technology, providing significant and unique improvement to remote sensing of fence-line boundaries. We will discuss how these unique algorithms have been applied in the field to drive detection limits down an order of magnitude, pinpoint emission sources with an advanced triangulation algorithm, and increase confidence in using real time data for rapid mitigation and alerts, with instantaneous, real time spectral validation against the NIST reference spectra.

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PFAS

Lab Test Methodology for PFAS Analysis

Martha Maier - Vista Analytical Lab

Description

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Chemical

Gilad Shpitzer

- Atmosfir Optics Ltd.

Description

Atmosfir Optics, Ltd, will discuss California’s South Coast’s Air Quality Measurement Division’s Rule 1180 fence-line monitoring requirements, how they came into existence, where they protect public health, and where there are inconsistencies as applied to known risk levels. We will discuss cost effective ways to apply advanced technology that can quickly adapt to potential upcoming requirements from other regulators that may use this rule as a model. Lessons learned from supporting a refinery’s response will be presented.

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Chemical

New and Emerging Fenceline Monitoring Technologies

Peter Zemek - Montrose Environmental

Description

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Health and Safety

A New Way to Measure Toxic Gases in Upstream O&G with Wireless and IIoT

Marcio Donnangelo - Emerson Automation Solutions

Description

Toxic gases remain in the top issues facing the oil and gas industry from a safety perspective. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas, Carbon Monoxide (CO), and Oxygen depletion (O2) are among the most common hazards in the process industries. The gases are extremely toxic and dangerous to personnel who work in these areas. These gases can accumulate in any area where oil or natural gas is processed, stored, or transported. Many cases of people sickened or killed by toxic or harmful fumes are reported throughout the world. Emerson provides a solution to keep end users safe with wireless technology

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Fenceline

TCEQ Fenceline Monitoring: Past, Present, & Future

Sabine Lange - TCEQ

Description

On December 1, 2015 the EPA finalized the Risk and Technology Review for petroleum refineries. Among other things, the finalized rule requires petroleum refineries to conduct fence-line monitoring on a continuous basis. Benzene is the target compound, and an annual average, action level of 9 µg/m3 is established, triggering a refinery lead root cause analysis and corrective action. The fence-line monitoring provisions found in 40 CFR 63.658 describe the use of a network of passive diffusive tube samplers placed along the refinery’s boundary as the primary method for detecting fugitive emissions of benzene. The fence-line monitoring provisions allow a refinery owner or operator to submit a request for an alternative test method, such as open-path instrumentation. The use of this type of technology presents the opportunity to meet the requirements of the rule in a way that is more simplified and cost effective, while offering advantages in terms of potentially identifying and eliminating data points corresponding to outside emission sources. A field validation study has been conducted using latest generation, open-path UV-DOAS technology manufactured by Argos Scientific Inc., to detect benzene at a refinery fence-line on a continuous basis. The study includes a case study on the lessons learned in developing this program.

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Chemical

The Forecast for Your LDAR Program Looks Cloudy, and Why That’s a Good Thing

Christopher Tucker - InspectionLogic Corporation

Description

InspectionLogic has worked hard to move LDAR to a cloud based solution. We have learned a ton along the way and the benefits for everyone involved are huge! Come learn why moving your LDAR program to the cloud is a good thing and how it will benefit you, your facility, and your technicians. Topics will include data security, data accessibility, and what an “always connected” handset really means for LDAR technicians.

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Best Management Practices

International Cross-Party Efforts to Improve Valve Reliability

Dave Anderson - Score Valve

Description

Given the important role many automated valves have in reliably containing and manipulating process fluids flow where there are safety, environmental or efficiency implications, it is of critical importance to know that they are fit for purpose and capable of functioning correctly on demand. Furthermore, the control and automation of these operational valves must also have the best possible reliability to ensure zero in-service failures is achieved and maintained. For these reasons, big efforts are being put into developing guidelines, technical reports and recommended practices by a wide range of technical experts worldwide, from the manufacturing, services and operating communities to achieve these goals. This paper will highlight some of the ongoing work of the subject matter experts, technical standards committees and other collaborative working groups around the globe and what implications their work is likely to have on guiding the enhancement of automated valves reliability moving forward. An overview of the work on design for reliability and operational asset management for reliability models will focus delegates’ attention on what controls and practices they currently have in place in their own organizations for valve specification, selection and management and what they may want to additionally implement moving forward, from the latest international publications / thinking. New case studies from major oil and gas operating companies and the technical solutions they have deployed will be examined for effectiveness and compliance with the recommended best practices.

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Emerging Technology

LUMEN Terrain - Continuous Ground-Based Digital Methane Monitoring

Dan Johnson - Baker Hughes GE

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Emerging Technology

Methane Detection using Satellites

Stephanie Germain - GHGSat

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Drones

LUMEN Sky - Aerial Drone-Based Digital Methane Monitoring

Dan Johnson - Baker Hughes

Description

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Legal

Oil & Gas Enforcement Update

Bryan Sinclair - TCEQ

Description

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Oil & Gas

Methane Emissions - Whatever you do… do something!

Scott Wallis - Score Valve

Description

Touching on the impact that methane emissions have on companies, acknowledge that they will have some form of strategy in place for managing their emissions on their assets, cover these broadly but highlight improvement opportunities, concluding with an empowering message around best "current" practices.

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EHS Technology for O&G/Petrochemicals

Lightweight, Modular OOOOa Certified OGI Camera Core for Handheld, UAV, or Fixed Mount CMS

Jeff Leake - Sierra Olympic Technologies, Inc.

Description

The Ventus (OGI) camera core features a 640 x 512, 15-micron pixel-pitch, "Hot" midwave-infrared (MWIR) detector array providing unmatched thermal sensitivity and weighs only 580 grams (1.28 lbs.), with lens. Designed to optimize the detection and visualization of hydrocarbon gas leaks, such as methane, propane, butane, and 20 others. The “Hot-MWIR” Ventus OGI is a lightweight, low-power, camera core that can be integrated into gimbals/enclosures for manned or unmanned aerial system platforms or for fixed mounted continuous monitoring systems. Sierra-Olympic’s compact (146.6 mm x 70.9 mm x 73.1 mm/5.77 in x 2.70 in. x 2.88 in.) OGI camera features a special narrow bandpass cold filter in a miniature, long-life, closed-cycle Stirling cooler with an f/1.5 cold shield and an optimized, light weight, f/1.5, 25mm lens. State-of-the-art components including the detector, cooler, and lens design, combine with a selection of digital and analog inputs/outputs (Camera Link, H.264 IP Video, NTSC/PAL video plus RS-232/RS-422 serial camera control) to make this camera core an ideal optical gas imaging solution for integrators, OEMs and end users. Additional features include: a 32GB SD storage card, Contrast Limited Adaptive Histogram Equalization (CLAHE), Local Area Processing (LAP), Automatic Gain Control (AGC), Sharpening, DeNoise, Gas Enhancement Mode (GEM) and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS). Optional items will include Target Tracking, Telemetry, NMEA and GPS i/o.

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Drones

Right of Way Using Drones

Peter Walper - Texas Energy Raters

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PFAS

Growing Regulatory Concerns for $1,000 - Man-made Chemicals widely used in Fire-Fighting Foam: "What are PFAS?"

Tiffany Thomas - EnSafe

Description

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PFAS

Preventing Contamination During Field Sampling

Dennis Leeke - Pace Analytical Laboratory

Description

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Emerging Technology

Airborne LIDAR Pipeline Inspection Systems

Tim Goolsby - Lasen

Description

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Oil & Gas

Industry Programs Panel

Matt Todd - The Environmental Partnership, Richard Hyde - ONE Future -

Description

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PFAS

You’ve Got PFAS. How to Prepare, Dispose and Respond.

Ward Swanson - Barr Engineering

Description

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are emerging contaminants of concern in soil, groundwater and drinking water systems. PFAS releases have the potential to impact water supplies and are a challenge to capture and remove. Due to their chemical properties and widespread use, PFAS typically have multiple source areas and can be ubiquitous in most urban areas. For the oil and gas industry, their primary link and liability to the issue is through the training and use of Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF) concentrates. Most refinery and fuels industry facilities have used AFFF either in training or for fire suppression for the simple fact that AFFF is extremely effective in putting out difficult fires and as a result it saves lives and prevents large scale fire damage. However, due to this use, most facilities likely have a PFAS signature associated with their AFFF releases that can touch multiple areas of their facility. This presentation will provide information on some tools and approaches from simple to complex on how a facility can identify what PFAS may be associated with their use and where it has migrated based on Barr’s nearly 20 years of PFAS investigation including case studies from refining and industrial sites. This presentation will discuss how to inventory current and legacy supply of AFFF containing PFAS and replacement and disposal options. Barr Engineering Co. will also discuss case studies for assisting terminal and refineries identify risks, respond to agency inquiries and prepare for emergency response situations based on our work which has included installation of emergency water treatment systems. Attendees will leave the short presentation with an understanding of the complexity of the chemistry as well as an idea for approaches to audit current PFAS risk and prepare in the event of an emergency where these chemicals are used.

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Best Management Practices

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

Brandon Mogan - Montrose

Description

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”.

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Security

UAS Threat to Critical Infrastructure

George Reeves - DHS CISA Region 6

Description

After years of close coordination, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Departments of Defense, Energy, Justice, and Homeland Security (DOD, DOE, DOJ, and DHS) obtained congressional relief in order to test, operate, and evaluate systems that detect and mitigate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the United States. The National Defense Authorization Acts of 2017 and 2018 granted the DOD and DOE counter-UAS (C-UAS) authorities in 2018 the FAA Reauthorization Act provided DHS and DOJ with their authorities. FAA also received authority in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 to employ CUAS, for test and evaluation. The Act became Pub. L. 115-254 and amends Titles 46 (Domestic Security), 14 (United States Coast Guard), and 49 (Transportation) Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018 (“the Act”) authorizing the DHS and DOJ to engage in certain C-UAS activities, notwithstanding provisions of Title 18 and Title 49 that prohibit the interception of communications and interference with aircraft. The Act authorizes DHS and DOJ to conduct C-UAS activities against unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) that poses a credible threat to the safety or security of a “covered facility or asset,” as defined by the Act.

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Security

Cybersecurity – Protecting Critical Infrastructure

CISA Region 6 - DHS CISA Region 6

Description

Cyber threats collectively now exceed the danger of physical attacks against us. This is a major sea change for my department and for our country’s security.

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Security

Regulatory Updates

- AFPM Security

Description

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LDAR

Gas Mapping LiDAR (GML) Methane Emission Quantification & Operational Efficiency

Peter Roos - Bridger Photonics

Description

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Emergency Response

Lessons Learned in Exercise Planning

CISA Region 6 - DHS CISA Region 6

Description

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Drones

UAVs for Emergency Response; Being Prepared for the Unthinkable – Refinery Response Using UAVs

CISA Region 6 - DHS CISA Region 6

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Emerging Technology

New Technology with the Potential to eliminate PFAs and PFOAs from water sources

Ray Ozdemir, Jeff St. Amant - Framergy Inc. & Vapor Point, LLC

Description

PFAs and PFOAs have generated significant public and environmental regulatory interest recently. While there do exist current treatment approaches, the options are limited. Vapor Point working with its partner Framergy, Inc have begun exploring the industrial usability of a new material science known as Metal Organic Frameworks. Through this partnership, we’ve performed lab and pilot scale testing of various technologies important to our industry including absorption of light hydrocarbons from atmospheric emissions, separation of light hydrocarbons, capture of H2S from vapor and aqueous phase sources and absorption of contaminates in waste waters. This presentation will review the developments of this new material science for the capture and destruction of PFAs and PFOAs. We will review our current progress as part of our current EPA SBIR Grant, focused on elimination of the contaminates from drinking water supplies.

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Chemical

“4G” Combustion Technology for Flares

Jason Voskuhl & Kurt Kraus - Honeywell UOP Callidus

Description

As flare regulations tighten there has been increased emphasis on monitoring and controlling flaring. While there have been advances in steam control systems and plume monitoring systems there has not been a fundamental change in flare combustion technology for decades. This presentation introduces “4G” combustion technology which changes the paradigm of currently available “3G” flare combustion technology, and sets the bar for the next generation of flare design.

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PFAS

Innovative Sampling and Analysis Techniques for Stack Sampling of PFAS Compounds in Air Emissions from Stationary Sources

Wesley Fritz - Weston Solutions, Inc.

Description

As air emissions come under heightened focus as a potential PFAS exposure pathway, the need for accurate and defensible PFAS emissions testing data is necessary. This presentation will discuss the derivation of the modified methods developed for the stack emissions sampling and analysis and the results and findings from this work.

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Chemical

SPOD: Continuous VOC Monitoring for Targeted Grab Sample Acquisition

Jacob Melby - SENSIT Technologies

Description

The SENSIT® SPOD is solar-powered fenceline monitoring system for VOCs. This low-powered, easily deployable system combines wind and VOC measurements to identify and locate emission sources in real-time. When combined with the highly configurable sample acquisition system, the SENSIT SPOD can enable targeted grab sampling using evacuated canisters or sorption tubes for later laboratory VOC analysis.

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BWON

Benzene Waste Operations NESHAP In the FLIR Age

Calvin Niss - Trihydro

Description

By now, most petroleum refineries and chemical plants that are affected facilities have mature BenzeneWaste Operations NESHAP (BWON) and Consent Decree compliance programs. Affected petroleum refineries and chemical plants should have a reasonable and accurate accounting of their total annual benzene and uncontrolled benzene waste generation rates. If this is the case, then BWON compliance at these facilities should focus on effective benzene emission controls (i.e. complying with NESHAP waste management standards). Pursuant to rule requirements, these standards are straight- forward and include installing controls, completing periodic inspections, repairing equipment if necessary, and reporting deficiencies.This presentation will focus on a review of the current equipment standards. We will also discuss recent enforcement actions and EPA’s use of a forward looking infrared (FLIR) camera to look for volatile organic compound (VOC) leaks from wastewater treatment waste management units.

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Best Management Practices

MPV, PRD & MSS Best Management Practices at Refineries & Opportunities for Chemical Plants

Troy Knuston & Meg Sloan - Sinclair Oil & Sage ATC

Description

Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company (SWRC) and Sage ATC will lead a diverse panel discussion examining the practical and technical challenges presented by implementing the Refinery Sector Rule miscellaneous process vent (MPV) and maintenance vent documentation requirements into everyday compliance. On the practical side, SWRC will discuss unique challenges faced at the refinery level, including MPV group classification, monitoring and documenting maintenance activities, and helping operators understand and adjust to the new requirements. On the technical side, Sage ATC will discuss broader industry perspectives including efficient approaches to tracking and monitoring maintenance activities, a deep dive to MPV monitoring and compliance management, and strategic considerations when developing and implementing MPV procedures and practices. The panel discussion will be interactive and adaptive. Members of the audience will be polled to determine the practical, technical, and legal issues that the audience members are facing, and the presentation will be adapted to focus on the issues of greatest interest. Members of the audience will also be polled to submit questions, e.g., technical and legal questions or concerns that they may not be comfortable having attributed to their companies.

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Best Management Practices

Boiler and Process Heater Tuning as a Best Management Practice

John Bacon - TRC Consulting

Description

While most facilities perceive 40 CFR 63 Subpart DDDDD (Boiler and Heater MACT, or MACT DDDDD) as costly regulation, four years of data compiled from the annually and biennially recurring tune-ups indicates the opposite is true. In fact, regular boiler and process heater tuning for natural gas fired sources can lead to considerable cost savings related to fuel use and a simple payback on the tune-ups services within months. The purpose of this presentation is intended to enlighten the audience on the benefits of boiler and process heater tuning, using data compiled from tune-ups performed on nearly 600 combustion sources, and conducted in accordance with the Boiler MACT work practice standard. Also, how a facility can further benefit from the regular performance of these services beyond the regulatory framework.

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Best Management Practices

Conforming to ASTM-D7036: Self-Declaration vs. Third-Party Accreditation

David Fricker - A2LA

Description

Confidence in test data is paramount to acceptance, and both users and customers want assurance of quality. In general, testing bodies that choose accreditation rather than self-declaration demand a higher quality of work to maintain that accreditation and strive to produce more reliable results. In turn, customers have greater confidence in the accuracy and validity of the data from these testing bodies. Accreditation also provides the industry with confidence that a testing body is subject to regular oversight as a motivator to continually improve their operations. The ongoing verification of compliance ensures that the testing body’s results are consistently dependable and defensible.

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BWON

BWON Masterclass

Steve Probst - 4C Marketplace and Conference

Description

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CEMS

Live Demo: Improving Sample Probe, Chiller, and Filter Performance

Donny Klotz - M&C TechGroup North America

Description

Live demonstration to teach the audience about the many ways in which various Continuous Emissions Monitoring System components can be improved, optimized and properly specified for various applications. We'll discuss sample transport and conditioning considerations associated with extractive probe configurations, gas chiller options, filtration materials and temperature controls, and help end-users identify and overcome common CEMS challenges.

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Chemical

Methods for Enhancing Fugitive Emissions Prevention in Chemical Process Pipelines

Dale Rice - VSP Technologies

Description

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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Best Management Practices

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

Doug Basquez, Charles Baukal - HollyFrontier Corporation, John Zink Co. LLC

Description

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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PFAS

Selecting the Most Cost-Effective Technologies for PFAS Treatment

Steve Woodard - ECT2

Description

Since 2014, The United States Air Force Civil Engineering Center (AFCEC) has been conducting on-going response activities to remediate groundwater impacted by poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at the former Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. AFCEC’s response included the installation and operation of a full-scale regenerable ion exchange (IX) resin system to remediate groundwater in the source area impacted by years of firefighting training activities. The resin system was selected based on the results of a comprehensive pilot test that evaluated and compared the effectiveness of multiple treatment technologies. In parallel, PFAS contamination was detected at elevated levels in the City of Portsmouth (City) public water supply in 2014. The Haven water supply well, located on the Pease Tradeport, was immediately shut down by the City. The source of PFAS contamination was traced back to the historical use of firefighting foam at the nearby Pease Air Force Base. A SORBIX RePURE regenerable resin system was installed to meet the primary source area remediation objective of treating the groundwater PFOS+PFOA concentration to below the 0.07 µg/l Health Advisory Level. Design, installation and startup of the full-scale SORBIX system was completed from fall 2017 to spring 2018. Based on the successful application of ion exchange resin at the former fire training area, The City decided to run a pilot test to evaluate the effectiveness of single-use IX resin versus bituminous Granular Activated Carbon (GAC). The pilot system was designed and fabricated to pump directly from the Haven Well and facilitated comparison of the two technologies at four different empty bed contact times (EBCTs); 2.5, 5, 7.5 and 10 minutes. The full-scale source area regenerable resin PFAS remediation system has successfully treated groundwater with a total influent average PFAS concentration of 48 µg/l since April 2018. The treated water quality from the SORBIX RePURE resin system has been consistently non-detect for PFOS+PFOA compounds, readily achieving compliance with the 0.07 µg/l HAL target. Operational modifications have been made to address and correct minor challenges with the resin regeneration system, and regenerant recovery and related waste minimization processes have proven highly effective. No PFAS waste has needed to be hauled off site after more than 16 months of operation. The IX resin results were similarly successful in the City’s public water supply pilot test. The influent total PFAS concentration averaged 3.5 µg/l over the course of the year-long evaluation. The IX resin substantially outperformed the GAC on all 12 PFAS that were present at detectable levels. The GAC column was operated until PFOA+PFOS breakthrough reached 0.07 µg/l at the 10-minute EBCT. This occurred at approximately 13,000 bed volumes (BVs), roughly 2.5 months into the test. By contrast, the IX resin effluent from the shortest (2.5-minute) EBCT column remained well below the 0.07 µg/l HAL, even after treating more than 171,000 BVs over a 12-month period. Based on the results of the comparative pilot test, the City selected IX resin for full-scale implementation to remove PFAS from the Haven water supply. The City’s engineer, Weston & Sampson, led the evaluation and attributed the selection of IX resin to the smaller footprint and lower capital and O&M costs associated with the technology. The full-scale system is scheduled to commence operation in 2020.

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Chemical

Meeting Flare Emissions Regulations with BTU Measurement

Tom Watson - AMETEK Process Instruments

Description

Learn how mass spectrometer technology can be used to meet emissions requirements by measuring BTU in the flare gas. This session will cover the methods of BTU determination, and will outline the advantages of a mass spectrometer analyzer - speed, accuracy, range, etc. - while discussing application specifics, and total cost of ownership and maintenance needs. There will also be a review of mass spectrometry technology, components, and functions.

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Chemical

Advanced Data Collection Technologies for Rugged Field Work

Craig O'Niell - Juniper Systems

Description

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BWON

BWON Compliance Sampling

Chad Vogele - Think Environmental

Description

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Chemical

Fenceline Monitoring with OP-FTIR

Troy Boley - Spectrum Environmental Solutions

Description

Spectrum's WaveRunIR–OP transmits a safe infrared beam through the air along a clear path. Gas–phase compounds are detected as they drift across the path Systematic data validation, periodic onsite instrument challenges, and quality assurance audits ensure optimum performance and data quality. WaveRunIR–OP is a versatile and highly efficient means of air monitoring.

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Chemical

Ethylene MACT Comments

Eric Swisher - All4 Inc.

Description

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Chemical

New Applications in Fenceline Monitoring

Jason Robles - CAMSCO

Description

Fenceline Monitoring via passive samplers is a robust, highly sensitive and accurate monitoring technique. While Fenceline Monitoring is best known for Method 325 (Refinery Fenceline Monitoring), this technology is now used in a wide variety of new monitoring applications. We will discuss the history, equipment used (Thermal Desorption, Sampling or Sorbent Tubes) as well as current real-world scenarios, other than refineries, utilizing Fenceline Monitoring. There are Universities, State Departments and Chemical Plants all using Passive Monitoring due to the low cost, high detection limit and ease of use. Hear all about the benefits of passive monitors in real-world situations!

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Chemical

Avoiding Under-Reporting and Over-Reporting of Fenceline Plant Emissions

James Shinkle - Optical Scientific

Description

Using a point measurement wind sensor for fenceline applications will result in under or over-estimating large body wind movement from your plant. OSI’s Long-baseline Optical Anemometer provides path-averaged wind data to give you an honest and accurate picture of plant emissions and can be a valuable tool in the case of an accidental release.

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Fenceline

Calibration Gas for Fenceline Monitoring

Phil Midgett - Airgas

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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Flare Instrumentation and Analyzers

RSR - Lessons Learned - Calibration Gases

Andy Shurtleff - Airgas, Inc.

Description

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Chemical

Portable GC for Fenceline Monitoring

Chris Chopkoff - SGS

Description

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Chemical

Optical Flow Sensors for Environmental Compliance and Process Control

Donn Williams - Optical Scientific

Description

OSI's Optical Flow Sensor (OFS) can help you comply with EPA’s Organic Liquids Distribution MACT, RSR and Ja regulations. Unaffected by temperature, pressure, density or gas concentration, OFS makes drift-free flow measurements on flare stacks, thermal oxidizers and a host of similar routine and extreme processes alike with no shutdown needed to install.

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Chemical

Measurement & Speciation Using Mass Spectroscopy Flare Gas Composition

Chuck deCarlo - Extrel Core Mass Spectrometers

Description

As refineries continue to optimize their approach RSR 63.670 compliance, new regulations for flare emissions are set to hit a broad range of industries over the next five years. The goal is to ensure the destruction of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) prior to release into the atmosphere, but drastic changes in vent gas composition make controlling that efficiency difficult. Getting the full composition of the vent gas quickly allows operations to apply corrections as soon as possible. Flare gas mass spectrometers measure hydrocarbons, carbon oxides, hydrogen, sulfurs, moisture and various volatile organics, and report concentrations and Net Heating Value (NHV) to the control system in seconds. Examples from recent ethylene flare gas regulations and MON sites will be covered in the discussion, along with data from oil refinery flare events.

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Chemical

Opening Up the Opportunities for Performance Verification and Reliability Enhancement of Valves

Dave Anderson - Score Valves

Description

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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LDAR

The Path to Equivalency

Kristine Bennett - CSU METEC

Description

The Evaluation of Innovative Methane Detection Technologies summarizes the technical-regulatory guidance document of the same title published by the Interstate Technology & Regulatory Council (ITRC) in September 2018 (https://methane-1.itrcweb.org/). Over the last number of years, several state, national and international governments have passed or are considering methane emission regulations related to oil and natural gas production and distribution. Historically, gas detection technologies used to regulate fugitive emissions in the oil and gas sector had to comply with EPA’s Method 21 requirements. With the advent of optical gas imaging (OGI) technologies, EPA established an alternative work practice (AWP) to allow inclusion of manually operated infrared cameras for leak detection. EPA's amendments to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) on methane and volatile organic compounds (VOC) for oil and gas sources include Method 21 and OGI technologies as approved compliance methods, as well as the option for approving new leak detection technologies. Colorado and Pennsylvania allow similar options in their regulation of methane and VOC from oil and gas operations. In response, innovators are currently developing new technologies that go beyond Method 21 and OGI. However, there is no standard methodology or protocol to evaluate performance of new technologies like these as compared to Method 21 or OGI. The ITRC guidance document seeks to provide a framework for evaluating methane and VOC detection technologies for use in meeting existing and forthcoming leak regulations, assisting with inventory monitoring and reporting, and for enhancing safety. The document also identifies regulatory barriers and opportunities for new or innovative leak detection technologies. The guidance document does not purport to provide "the answer" on how to evaluate leak detection technologies, particularly in regard to determining equivalency of new technologies or methods with existing, approved technologies or methods. However, the document does provide a starting point in this ongoing challenge and discussion, which continues beyond the publication of the document and will be refined further over time, including through efforts such as the Path to Equivalency project being lead by the Methane Emissions Technology Evaluation Center (METEC) at Colorado State University, and the Canadian Environmental Protection Agency's Leak Detection Technology Equivalency framework currently under development.

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Chemical

Reduce Turnaround Duration By Eliminating Flare/Flare Gas Recover Using New Scrubber Technology

Jim Woodard - Vapor Point LLC

Description

The refining industry is challenged with the development of alternative technologies to control hazardous and regulated emissions such as Hydrogen Sulfide and Total VOC compounds.  FederalAgencies, through rule promulgation and Consent Decree, have emphasized a highlighted effort to minimize flare usage as a control device.  The current rule promulgation of NSPS subpart Ja, RefineryMACT, and the Refinery Technology Rule each will provide challenges to perform de-inventory and decontamination phases of turnarounds in a timely manner.  The direct impact of regulatory action is on the shoulders of those responsible for the planning, execution, and management of turnaround activities.  Vapor Point will present case histories on projects at multiple refineries and multiple process units requiring various control requirements.  Presentation will demonstrate very common challenges that refiners face under the new EPA regulations and solutions that have been successfully deployed in the field with the new scrubber technology package.

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Chemical

Flare Panel Moderated by Spectrum Environmental Solutions

Multiple -

Description

An interactive panel focusing on regulatory compliance for flares.

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Emerging Technology

Field Study Use Cases of FLIR and TDLAS Enabled Drones for Methane and VOC Leak Detection

Roy Massengale - EnRud

Description

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Emerging Technology

Autonomous Mobile Methane Monitoring

Brendan Smith - SeekOps

Description

Current emissions monitoring techniques and technologies are unable to meet growing demands for FME inspections in a cost-effective or efficient manner. SeekOps enables responsible energy production through rapid, efficient, and cost-effective FME monitoring.

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Best Management Practices

5 Reasons to Digitize your Oil & Gas Crews

Luke Carton - Parsable

Description

Giving O&G crews the digital tools to raise their performance is an overlooked opportunity of potentially immense proportions. You can generate incremental ROI with every job you digitize. Multiply that by all the complex nested jobs within your operations — and stretching across O&G value chains.

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LDAR

Handheld TDLAS for Quick, Safe Methane Leak Detection in Difficult to reach Areas

Jacob Melby - Sensit Technologies

Description

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Drones

Quadcopter Drones, Fixed Wing Drone, Helicopters, or Fixed Wing Plane?

David Furry - Leak Surveys Inc.

Description

Coming soon.

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Flares for Regulatory Compliance

Satisfying RSR at Turndown - Clayton Francis - Zeeco, Inc.

Clayton Francis - Zeeco, Inc.

Description

Nothing in plants must turn down like a flare. Lots of equipment achieve turndown rates 10:1, sophisticated transmitters might reach 1,000:1, yet a refinery flare can turn down 100,000:1. With the new rules applied, operators are experiencing unacceptable flame quality in this low range. Join a discussion on how those shortcomings were overcome.

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Emerging Technology

MethaneSAT 2021 Satellite Methane Detection Coming Soon

Tom Ingersol - Environmental Defense Fund

Description

Coming soon.

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Emerging Technology

Satellite-based Hyperspectral Analysis for Emissions Detection, Integrity Monitoring and Compliance

Peter Weaver & Tushar Prabhakar - Orbital Sidekick

Description

Analysis of hyperspectral imagery (HSI), collected by micro-satellite, is poised to provide unparalleled global daily leak and emissions detection capability for the chemical, oil and gas industries. Space-based HSI offers an ability to directly find leaks, detect threatening construction activity, identify physical changes to soil and vegetation caused by leaked product, and even distinguish between specific hydrocarbon liquids or vapors. In this presentation, OSK will discuss the state-of-the-art for using HSI to detect fugitive emissions. It will provide examples of inspection findings using Spectral IntelligenceTM. And, it will provide insight on how HSI can improve the operator’s ability to cost-effectively understand the conditions at and around their assets.

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Security

Stakeholder Engagement Strategy - Regional Service Delivery Model

CISA Region 6 - DHS CISA Region 6

Description

Regional Offices could identify organizations that have not traditionally served as members of CISA-led sectors to further inform risk mitigation solutions by focusing on sector-specific regional issues. The resulting regional-level networks would directly expand CISA's reach into multiple stakeholder segments. Creating a “one-stop shop” at the regional level for issues associated with CISA-led sectors would significantly enhance customer experience. Regional-level collaboration mechanisms (discussion forums, roundtables, and workshops) would enhance knowledge transfer among public and private sector stakeholders through discussions tailored to the regional landscape.

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Chemical

Digital Camera Visible Emissions Method (Alternative Method 082) in lieu of Method 9 for Visible Emissions

Shawn Dolan - Virtual Technology, LLC

Description

ASTM D7520-16 and US EPA Alternative Method 082, have revolutionized Visible Emission Management practices over the last 7 years. Community Air Quality Awareness has become a litigation boiling pot, as smart phones, and low cost Particulate and Ozone monitors, have flooded the monitoring markets, making monitoring readily available to everybody everywhere. The exponential growth of the community monitoring market over the last two years will be reviewed and strategies to embrace community monitoring as a means of compliance assurance will be discussed in this presentation.

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LDAR

Laser Dispersion Spectroscopy – Large Area Fugitive Monitoring

Mohammed Belal - Mirico

Description

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Security

Counter UAS Strategies: Prevention, Detection, Reponse

CISA Region 6 - DHS CISA Region 6

Description

A roundtable giving an overview of Counter UAS, Regulatory Framework, Presentation/Response Planning and a Primer on Radar and Radio Frequency Detection Systems Strategies Counter UAS Discussion An introduction into what Counter UAS means, the different components of it as well as the difference between detection and mitigation Prevention: Doing a Threat Assessment of your Facility’s Airspace Detection: Various Systems and how to use them Observation Without Limits An introduction in Ground and Aerial Radars Aerial Armor and the Benefits An introduction in RF Based Detection

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Security

Autonomous Security Programs - Building Autonomous Infrastructure

CISA Region 6 - DHS CISA Region 6

Description

The Crawl, Walk, Run progression from zero to Autonomous UAVs flying around your facility: People Training and Certifications Programs Assigning Roles and Responsibilities Policy Interfacing with the FAA Use Case for Automation An introduction into Autonomous Security Design, and the potential Environmental benefits of Autonomous Infrastructure. Use Cases to be discussed are as follows: Security Emergency Management Environmental Industrial Hygiene and Liability Mitigation

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Emergency Response

Crisis Response vs. Incident Management

CISA Region 6 - DHS CISA Region 6

Description

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Emergency Response

Developing Unified Command

CISA Region 6 - DHS CISA Region 6

Description

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Emergency Response

An Operator's Perspective: In-House Tools and UAS for Initial Response (Inland Pipeline Response)

CISA Region 6 - DHS CISA Region 6

Description

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Chemical

Safety's Competitive Advantage and the Future of the Safety, Health, and Environmental Profession - Colin Brown - Board of Certified Safety Professionals

Colin Brown - Board of Certified Safety Professionals

Description

Compliance with state and federal regulations is the absolute minimum and does not ensure the safety and health of workers. Safety and health in today's dynamic industry space must no longer be defined as the absence of harm and death. How do you turn safety into a competitive advantage, and what does the future hold for the profession entrusted with employee and customer well-being? This presentation highlights how professional development through accredited certification can change organizational culture and drive results through SH&E leadership. Learning Objectives Upon completion, the participant will be able to: Describe why compliance is not enough to reduce injuries and loss in construction. Recognize at least three ways that safety makes a company competitive. Leverage training and certification to drive higher levels of safety and productivity. Show how H&S is important not only for workers but also for front-line supervisors and executives.

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Chemical

New Absorption Technology for VOC Capture

Ray Ozdemir and Jeff St. Amant - Framergy Inc. & Vapor Point, LLC

Description

"While technology focus in our industry has been centered on automation and monitoring capabilities, little new science has been developed. Vapor Point working with its partner framergy, Inc have begun exploring the industrial usability of a new material science known as Metal Organic Frameworks. Through this partnership, we’ve performed lab and pilot scale testing of various technologies important to our industry including absorption of light hydrocarbons from atmospheric emissions, separation of light hydrocarbons, capture of H2S from vapor and aqueous phase sources and absorption of contaminates in waste waters. This presentation will review the developments of this new material science for the absorption and reuse of captured VOCs from otherwise atmospheric emissions. We will review our current progress as part of our current EPA SBIR Grant, focused on absorption of light VOCs not easily managed with Activated Carbon. "

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Best Management Practices

ICI FLIR and TDLAS Enabled Drone Basics of Capabilities and Functionality

Gary Strahan - Gary Strahan

Description

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Chemical

Flare Instrumentation – Minimum “Expectations”

Derek Stuck - Spectrum Environmental Solutions, LLC

Description

As the U.S. EPA begins expanding the flare requirements first found in the Refinery Sector Rule to other industries, newly affected facilities need to begin planning the installation of new monitoring on covered flares. This potentially includes pilot monitoring, visible emissions monitoring, vent gas flow monitoring, assist gas flow monitoring, and net heating value and/or composition monitoring; all of which will be required to meet the new requirements. This presentation will summarize the monitoring required by the new flare requirements and describe some of the technologies which may be used to comply with the regulations’ requirements.

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Chemical

New Flare Requirements within the Ethylene, MON, and OLD MACTs

Herman Holm - Spectrum Environmental Solutions, LLC

Description

Regulations requiring improved monitoring and control of flares at petroleum refineries are starting to be passed along to other manufacturing sectors. In October 2019, the U.S. EPA proposed amendments to the Generic Maximum Achievable Control Technology Standards for Ethylene Production (EMACT). Among those amendments are new monitoring and operational requirements related to flares at ethylene production facilities. Also, in recent months, the U.S. EPA has published draft rules affecting organic liquid distribution (OLD) operations and portions of the chemical sector. These requirements are found in what are commonly referred to as the OLD MACT and Miscellaneous Organic NESHAP (MON). This presentation will summarize the new flare requirements and will draw heavily on the lessons learned from implementing the similar flare requirements in the refining sector.

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Best Management Practices

I got 99 problems… now what? Best Practices for Addressing Audit Findings

Courtney Edge - Trinity Consultants

Description

Conducting a gap assessment or audit is a great starting point for getting your LDAR program into compliance – but that’s only the first of many steps. After findings, observations, and recommendations are identified, corrective actions must be developed and prioritized appropriately. Depending on the scope and number of identified issues, this can be a daunting task but there are ways to manage the stress and work load accordingly. This presentation will cover what to do after the completion of an audit or gap assessment of your LDAR program.

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Best Management Practices

Utilizing Vapor Lock Technology for Tank Degassing and Tank Vent Management versus Thermal Destruction or Activated Carbon

Jim Woodard, Jeff St. Amant - Vapor Point, LLC

Description

State and Local Agency actions have added emphasis to the management of emissions from large API 650 storage tanks, as a result of regulatory action and/or public engagement. In the US most API 650 storage tanks, which are in a service where there is a potential for VOC emissions, have been outfitted with internal floating roofs, which are considered by the EPA as BACT. Historically, tank owners have had requirements for controlling emissions from tanks when existing tank attachments have malfunctioned, or when the tank is being prepared for maintenance activities. Thermal destruction devices are the most commonly used control technologies for managing tank emissions, but they may not be the most efficient or effective. This presentation will review the development of a new Vapor Lock technology for the management of tank emissions during degassing and cleaning operations, demonstrating improved operational performance, while reducing cost impacts to clients.

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Best Management Practices

Utilizing Temporary Control Systems to Meet Recent EPA MACT Subpart CC and to Eliminate Flare Gas Recovery Bottlenecks During Maintenance and Turn-Around Activities

Jim Woodard, Sean Kirkpatrick - 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. This has resulted in FGR becoming a bottleneck to operators’ ability to deinventory and decontaminate units for maintenance activities, resulting in additional costs in meeting these new standards. Vapor Point has successfully implemented temporary liquid and vapor phase management systems to minimize these impacts, helping operators maintain schedule while reducing cost impacts. This paper/presentation will be focused on how the deployment of mobile technologies can help operators reduce and potentially improve operational execution/efficiency, if implemented correctly.

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Best Management Practices

New Technology for the Removal of Sulfur Compounds from Hydrocarbon Products, Helping Combat Economic Strains Caused by Tier II and III Sulfur Credits

Jeff St. Amant - Vapor Point, LLC

Description

While technology focus in our industry has been centered on automation and monitoring capabilities, little new science has developed in meeting the challenges that high sulfur oil and gas production has brought with it. Vapor Point and its partnership with Baker Hughes has developed new mobile technologies focused on helping clients mitigate quality issues with hydrocarbon feedstocks and products. In addition to this new mobile deployment, Vapor Point has created new chemistries capable of extracting sulfur species such as butyl mercaptan, which cannot be managed with amines or other specialty chemical technologies. This presentation will discuss existing applications where Vapor Point has assisted clients with improving the quality of both feedstocks and saleable fuels by removing unwanted sulfur contamination such as Hydrogen Sulfide, Methyl Mercaptan, Ethyl Mercaptan, Propyl Mercaptan and Butyl Mercaptan.

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