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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.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:30AM

Location

Room 412

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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.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

1:30PM

Location

Room 6th Floor Exhibit Hall

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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.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:00AM

Location

Room 616B

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Air Permitting

Ethylene RTR, What’s the Outlook?

Eric Swisher - ALL4 Inc.

Description

Per the court-mandated timeline, the EPA is currently working through the statutorily-required risk and technology review (RTR) for the ethylene NESHAP (40 CFR Part 63, Subpart XX and Subpart YY). Industry trade groups have been engaged in meetings with EPA as this process has moved forward. It is anticipated the proposed rule, late this fall, will impact current ethylene operations. It is anticipated the rule will mirror certain aspects of the refinery rule, such as the flare and PRD language and likely will address furnace stack emissions and decoke emissions (both decoke to the fire box and decoke to an atmospheric pot) and potentially waste water emissions. This presentation will discuss the possible proposed rules and the potential impact on the ethylene facilities.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:30AM

Location

Room 416A

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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.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

3:00PM

Location

Room 412

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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.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

11:00AM

Location

Room 412

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Air Permitting

Texas Ozone Nonattainment Area Reclassification & Potential Implications on Your Operations

Kristin Gordon - ALL4 Inc.

Description

In ALL4’s presentation, we will discuss the September 23, 2019 USEPA reclassification of the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria (HGB) and Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) nonattainment areas to serious nonattainment for the 2008 eight-hour ozone NAAQS. We will share the potential impacts on facilities located in the HGB and DFW areas including but not limited to: - Updates to major source nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) potential to emit (PTE) thresholds; - Construction and operating permits implications (New Source Review and Title V Operating Permits); - Permit by Rule (PBR) and Standard Permit authorization registration and/or certification of emissions via E-permitting mechanism; and - Timeline for demonstrating compliance.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

1:00PM

Location

Room 412

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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.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

2:30PM

Location

Room 412

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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.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:00AM

Location

Room 617

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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.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

1:30PM

Location

Room 412

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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.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:00AM

Location

Room 616B

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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.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:30AM

Location

Room 616B

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Air Permitting

Upstream Oil and Gas Emissions Inventory Calculations

TCEQ -

Date

Friday, February 21, 2020

Time

8:00AM

Location

Room 616B

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Air Permitting

The Brave New World of Renewable Fuels Projects – A Permitting Perspective

Bart Leininger, P.E. - Ashworth Leininger Group (ALG)

Description

More and more facilities are considering projects to add renewable fuel sources to their mix of product offerings. Some of these projects are mandated by federal and state laws; other projects are pursued to take advantage of the tax and other credits available for producers of low carbon fuels. Renewable fuels projects have introduced a host of permitting issues, many of which are not understood by local and state regulators. This presentation provides helpful insights on the permitting process, and provides recommendations to streamline the process. The presentation leverages experiences in permitting a variety of renewable fuels projects.

Date

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time

10:30AM

Location

Room 412

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