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Air Quality Compliance Outreach Newsletter Volume 6
January 2021

Salt Lake City

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 Inspections517
On-Site Stack Test/CEM Audits26
Stack Test/CEM Reviews392
Emission Reports Reviewed132
Temporary Relocations Accepted63
Fugitive Dust Control Plans Accepted1143
Soil Remediation Report Reviews51
Open Burn Permit Application Completed Online220
Misc. Inspections194
Complaints Received171
Wood Burning Complaints0
Breakdown Reports Received12
Compliance Actions Resulting from a Breakdown0
VOC inspections0
SCAN/Warning Letters17
Compliance Advisories60
No Further Action Letters Issued32
Penalties Collected$201,051.60

Total Inspections



MACT Inspections0
Asbestos Demolition/Renovations NESHAP Inspections196
Asbestos AHERA Inspections215
Asbestos State Rules Only Inspections32
Asbestos Notifications1906
Asbestos Phone Calls4275
Asbestos Individual Certifications828
Asbestos Company Certifications87
Asbestos Alternate Work Practices51
Lead Based Paint Inspections29
Lead Based Paint Notifications10
Lead Based Paint Letters Prepared & Mailed74
Lead Based Paint Phone Calls810
Lead Based Paint Courses Reviewed71
Lead Based Paint Course Audit3
Lead Based Paint Individual Certifications214
Lead Based Paint Company Certifications107
Notice of Violations (NOV’s)1
Compliance Advisories71
Warning Letters40
Settlement Agreements12
Penalties collected$41,901.88

Total Inspections


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