Tag: Ozone

Moderate Area Ozone State Implementation Plan (SIP) Development

The Moderate Ozone SIP Development is very much an iterative process. The technical foundation of any SIP involves numerous emissions inventories, air quality modeling assumptions, potential emission controls, and ever-fluctuating design values recorded throughout the air monitoring network. The Ozone Implementation Rule is very prescriptive about how these numbers must fit together to comprise an …

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Ozone Overview and Standard
Moderate Area Ozone SIP

Ozone Overview What is Ozone? Ozone in the Uinta Basin Current Air Quality Ozone is a colorless gas comprised of three oxygen atoms. It is not emitted directly into the air as a gas but is formed through a chemical reaction between nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the presence of sunlight. …

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Ozone State Implementation Plan (SIP) Process
Moderate Area Ozone SIP

Overview Read about the Utah SIP Overview Within two years after setting or revising NAAQS for criteria pollutants, the EPA must designate areas as meeting (attainment) or not meeting (nonattainment) the air-quality standard. The EPA’s final designations are based on the most recent three years of air-quality monitoring data, recommendations from the state, and additional …

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Reasonably Available Control Measures (RACM) Process
Moderate Area Ozone SIP

RACM Overview Under the Clean Air Act, all areas designated Moderate nonattainment for the 2015 8-hour ozone standard are required to implement RACM for point, area, off-road, and on-road source categories. RACM applies only to those point sources not already addressed as part of a RACT analysis. RACM implementation is required to be as expeditiously …

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What you need to know about 2020's ozone season

What You Need To Know About 2020’s Ozone Season

Ozone is formed in Utah when NOx and VOCs break apart under intense sunlight and reform. The formation of ozone is most likely to occur on days with calm winds, no cloud cover and afternoon temperatures above 90 degrees. Here are some ways you can protect your health and reduce your emissions.

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Uinta Basin

Related Links: 2017 Statewide Oil & Gas Emissions Inventory 2014 Air Agencies Oil and Gas Emissions Inventory Oil & Gas Source Registration Ozone in the Uinta Basin Particulate Matter The Uinta Basin lies in the northeast corner of Utah and is bounded on the north by the Uinta Mountains, on the south by the Tavaputs …

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Ozone in the Uinta Basin

Jump to: Emission Reductions Jurisdiction Ozone Basics Partnerships Planning Studies Ozone Mystery The Uinta Basin lies in the northeast corner of Utah and is bounded on the north by the Uinta Mountains, on the south by the Tavaputs Plateau, on the west by the Wasatch Range, and on the east by elevated terrain that separates …

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2014 Emission Inventories:
Uinta Basin

Emission inventories—databases that list, by source, the amount of air pollutants released in a specific geographical area—help determine significant sources of pollutants, track emission trends over time, direct regulatory actions and control strategies, and provide data for computer modeling. 2011 Uinta Basin Oil and Gas Emissions Estimates Technical Document (08/14/13) In 2006, Environ and the …

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Monitoring:
Uinta Basin

Air monitoring delivers critical information to the public and scientists about ozone levels in the Uinta Basin. Monitoring data in the Basin: Helps residents protect their health during high ozone periods. Aids scientists in their efforts to understand the causes and sources of ozone pollution. Provides regulatory data for the determination of attainment/nonattainment status. Assists …

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Federal and State Permitting Standards, Rules, and Compliance:
Uinta Basin

Air quality permits issued by the Division of Air Quality (DAQ) for oil and gas operations contain requirements that reduce emissions that lead to the formation of ozone. Oil and gas production accounts for 97 percent of the manmade volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in the Uinta Basin, but new federal standards, state rules, and …

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Voluntary Seasonal Ozone Controls:
Uinta Basin

These voluntary practices include a menu of measures oil and gas operators can use to reduce emissions. These voluntary practices enhance but do not replace existing rules and regulations. Recommended Controls Enhanced Inspection and Maintenance Program Infrared (IR) Camera Conduct a representative survey of facilities and equipment with the potential for fugitive VOC emissions using …

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Uinta Basin Ozone Studies (UBOS)

High wintertime ozone concentrations are relatively new phenomena in rural areas of the West. First observed in 2005 in the oil and gas production areas in the Upper Green River Basin (UGRB) of Wyoming, preliminary studies showed that wintertime ozone levels would spike when snow cover, sunny skies, and strong temperature inversions trapped ozone and …

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2012 Uinta Basin Ozone Studies (UBOS) Study

Starting in the winter of 2012, the Uinta Basin Ozone Study (UBOS) (2 MB) launched a wide-ranging research effort into the ways atmospheric chemistry and precursor gases interact to create high levels of wintertime ozone. The study was by far the largest and most complex air quality study ever conducted in Utah. This effort was …

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2013 Uinta Basin Ozone Studies (UBOS) Study

Teams of scientists continued their work in the Uinta Basin in 2013 to identify the sources and conditions that create ozone during winter inversions. The Division of Air Quality (DAQ) and its partners collected additional data to improve their understanding of the atmospheric chemistry that leads to the formation of wintertime ozone in the Basin. …

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