Air Quality Compliance Outreach Newsletter Volume 6
January 2021

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Statewide Emissions Inventory Program

Federal and state laws require the Utah Division of Air Quality (DAQ) to create a comprehensive emissions inventory for point, area, and mobile sources every three years, and annually for some large point sources.

The point source emissions inventory for 2020 is due April 15, 2021. The inventory is collected through SLEIS, the State & Local Emissions Inventory System. If your facility is required to complete an inventory, your registered facility users will receive an email soon notifying them their reports are available for data entry. To register as a facility user, please complete the Electronic User Account Registration form. If you have any questions, please contact sleis@utah.gov.


Oil and Gas ULend Program for IR Camera

ULend provides Uinta Basin oil and gas producers with access to an infrared camera to check for VOC leaks.

ULend provides Uinta Basin oil and gas producers with access to an infrared camera to check for VOC leaks.

The ULend program is a collaborative approach to fixing compliance issues before they become a regulatory problem. Through the program, the Division of Air Quality will lend small oil and gas producers a state-of-the-art infrared (IR) camera for leak detection. This allows companies to forego the purchase of a $100,000 IR camera and the cost of hiring a camera contractor (about $7,000/week) since ULend will provide training in the camera’s use to program participants.

Operators using the borrowed cameras will be asked to share some simple data — basic facility information, date of the site visit, specific leak location, how the leak was addressed, and associated costs — with DAQ. This data will only be used for research purposes, not compliance actions.

To take advantage of this program, visit the ULend website.


Venting of VOCs

Sunset and pump jack in Utah's Uinta Basin

The sun sets over a pump jack in Utah’s Uinta Basin

The State of Utah and the U.S. EPA have set regulations to stop volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from being emitted to the atmosphere where reasonable. Recently, the Uinta Basin has gone above state and federal standards for ozone pollution caused by VOC emissions, and the area has been classified as non-attainment for this pollutant.

The oil and gas industry can help the state address this issue by being watchful of venting events:

  • Wellhead blow down
    • Prior to work over, stimulating or plugging
  • Pigging operations
  • Overflow to emergency tanks
    • From over pressured gas sales lines
    • From over pressured phase separators
  • Blowdown for frost protection or high H2S concentrations in wet gas or sales gas lines

Please familiarize yourself with the following  applicable rules and recordkeeping requirements that may be more strictly enforced due to the non-attainment designation:

  • R307-325: Ozone Non-attainment and Maintenance Areas: General Requirements
    • R307-325-3
      • No person shall allow or cause volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to be spilled, discarded, stored in open containers, or handled in any other manner that would result in greater evaporation of VOCs than would have if reasonably available control technology (RACT) had been applied.
  • R307-511 Oil and Gas Industry: Natural Gas Flaring
    • R307-511-4
      • (1) Associated gas from a completed well shall either be routed to a process unit for combustion, routed to a sales pipeline, or routed to an operating VOC control device except for emergency release situations as defined in R307-511-2.
    • R307-511-5
      • (1) The owner or Operator shall maintain records for the releases under R307-511-4(1)
      • (1)(a) The time and date of the event, volume of emissions and any corrective action taken shall be recorded.

2020 Annual Report

 

Major & Minor Compliance
Source Inspections 517
On-Site Stack Test/CEM Audits 26
Stack Test/CEM Reviews 392
Emission Reports Reviewed 132
Temporary Relocations Accepted 63
Fugitive Dust Control Plans Accepted 1143
Soil Remediation Report Reviews 51
Open Burn Permit Application Completed Online 220
Misc. Inspections 194
Complaints Received 171
Wood Burning Complaints 0
Breakdown Reports Received 12
Compliance Actions Resulting from a Breakdown 0
VOC inspections 0
SCAN/Warning Letters 17
NOV’s 3
Compliance Advisories 60
No Further Action Letters Issued 32
Settlements 32
Penalties Collected $201,051.60

Total Inspections

737

ATLAS
MACT Inspections 0
Asbestos Demolition/Renovations NESHAP Inspections 196
Asbestos AHERA Inspections 215
Asbestos State Rules Only Inspections 32
Asbestos Notifications 1906
Asbestos Phone Calls 4275
Asbestos Individual Certifications 828
Asbestos Company Certifications 87
Asbestos Alternate Work Practices 51
Lead Based Paint Inspections 29
Lead Based Paint Notifications 10
Lead Based Paint Letters Prepared & Mailed 74
Lead Based Paint Phone Calls 810
Lead Based Paint Courses Reviewed 71
Lead Based Paint Course Audit 3
Lead Based Paint Individual Certifications 214
Lead Based Paint Company Certifications 107
Notice of Violations (NOV’s) 1
Compliance Advisories 71
Warning Letters 40
Settlement Agreements 12
Penalties collected $41,901.88

Total Inspections

472