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Air Quality Update
September, 2010, Vol 13, No 3
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Air Quality Advisory Council Rule/Meeting Update

Due to the lack of a quorum, the hearing before the Oklahoma Air Quality Advisory Council scheduled for 9:00 a.m. at the DEQ headquarters in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, July 21, 2010 was cancelled. The next Council meeting has been rescheduled from October 20, 2010 to October 27, 2010 at the DEQ headquarters, 707 N. Robinson, Oklahoma City. Proposed Chapter 100 rules to be heard at the upcoming meeting include:

Subchapter 2. Incorporation By Reference
Subchapter 5. Registration, Emission Inventory and Annual Operating Fees, new annual operating fees for toxics emissions
Subchapter 7. Permits for Minor Facilities, Minor permits for greenhouse gas emitting facilities
Subchapter 8. Permits for Part 70 Sources, Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Requirements for Attainment Areas
Subchapter 31. Control of Emission of Sulfur Compounds, New excess emission reporting and alternative reporting schedule, changes to allowable sulfur dioxide (SO2) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) ambient air concentrations for new and existing sources, and changes to equipment standards
Appendix Q. Incorporation By Reference - update

Notice of Rulemaking Intent for the October meeting was published in the Oklahoma Register on September 15, 2010. Written comments on the proposed rules may be sent prior to the October meeting to the attention of Cheryl Bradley, Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division, P.O. Box 1677, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73101-1677, Fax: (405) 702-4101, or email: Cheryl Bradley

Rules recommended to the Environmental Quality Board at the April Council meeting were scheduled to be considered at the Board’s June 15 meeting, which was subsequently cancelled. The rules, OAC 252:100-17, Part 4, Biomedical Waste Incinerators, were adopted by the Board at its August 24, 2010 meeting in El Reno.

Fall 2010 Smoke School

The Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division in conjunction with CENSARA, is again offering the Visible Emissions Evaluation Training Course for the fall of 2010. The course will be offered in Tulsa (October 19, 20, 21). In addition to the field certifications, a classroom lecture describing visible emissions evaluation procedures will be offered.

This course will meet EPA Method 9, and Method 22 training requirements. Individuals successfully qualifying at the field certification will be certified to make valid visible emission readings.

Lecture Information
• Tuesday, October 19, 2010
• 8:30 a.m.
• Hampton Inn-Tulsa, 3209 S 79th East Ave., Tulsa, OK

Field Information
• Wednesday & Thursday, October 20, 21, 2010
• 8 a.m. registration and 8:30 a.m. start
• Chandler Park, 6302 W 21st Street, Tulsa, OK

For enrollment information contact Debbie Scalise at or 919-878-3188.


Following the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments, the EPA began issuing National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for specific industry sectors. These NESHAP were issued under Part 63 of the Clean Air Act, and because they required Maximum Achievable Control Technology, they became known as MACT standards. With few exceptions these MACT Standards were restricted to major sources, and had few requirements for area (non-major) sources. In 1999, the EPA’s Urban Air Toxic Strategy was finalized and required that area sources be regulated to control the emission of 33 Urban HAPs (Hazardous Air Pollutants). Although the new area source NESHAPs do not always require Maximum Achievable Control Technology they are often referred to as area source MACTs.

In the last 5 years, the Air Quality Division (AQD) has adopted 28 different Area Source MACTs, many of which were previously issued MACT standards revised to include the area source requirements. This coming year AQD has 4 more MACTs that have been completed, and several that have been proposed or are scheduled for proposal in December.

Because the Area Source MACTs vary widely in requirements and scope, Oklahoma’s Air Quality program and many other state programs are experiencing difficulty blending these sources into their regulatory programs. While it is relatively easy to inspect and work with those area sources found at existing major sources, many of the others, such as gas stations, represent sectors that have never been involved with air quality programs. For those facilities, traditional enforcement and compliance methods aren’t feasible, as the large number and small size of the facilities overwhelm staffing levels. They also represent a broader cross-section of ownership, with mom-and-pop small business operations competing directly with large corporations, so outreach and information-sharing programs become more complicated.

To date, the complexity of the Area Source MACT program has led AQD to move slowly working with these facilities. As time passes and the Division becomes familiar with the varying requirements, out-reach and industry sector-based based information sharing programs to assist the facilities with their compliance problems, record-keeping and other issues can be implemented. These will be important steps because while area sources are small individually, the large number of facilities in these categories accounts for a large percentage of the emissions for Oklahoma.


Currently, EPA lists four chapters under review. Comments on Chapter 2, Section 4: Municipal Solid Waste Landfills, were due by May 5, 2009. The comment period on Chapter 4, Section 12: Manufacture of Rubber Products, closed February 2, 2009; Chapter 13.2.1: Paved Roads closed July 30, 2010 and Chapter 15: Ordance Detonation, closed December 7, 2009. Instructions for using draft sections that have completed the comment period but are not designated as “final” are available on the webpage listed below.

Find more AP-42 information on EPA’s TTN-CHIEF Bulletin Board at

Oklahoma Clean Diesel Program

The Air Quality Division (AQD) is pleased to announce the availability of grants targeted at reducing emissions of pollutants from diesel engines. These grants include a new grant, the “2010 Oklahoma Clean Diesel Program,” and the extension of an existing grant, “Oklahoma Clean Diesel School Bus Program for Large Schools in Potential Non-Attainment Areas.”

The 2010 Oklahoma Clean Diesel Program offers $200,000 of grant money towards reducing diesel emissions throughout the state. All diesel fleets which primarily operate within the state of Oklahoma are eligible for this award, but preferences are given to fleets that meet certain qualifications and first priority is given to school bus retrofit projects (see grant application for details). Grant funds may be used for projects including, but not limited to, idle reduction technologies, cleaner fuel use, aerodynamic technologies and the repower, retrofit, or replacement of diesel vehicles and equipment. The application deadline is November 24, 2010. To apply, please download the grant application and Request for Proposal from the DEQ website at after September 15. For questions, please contact staff at DERA Grant or Heather Lerch at (405) 702-4100.

The Oklahoma Clean Diesel School Bus Program for Large Schools in Potential Non-Attainment Areas is targeted at larger school districts located in the 16 counties that constitute the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metropolitan areas. The large school grant provides up to a 25% match for the purchase of new school buses and 100% reimbursement for retrofits of eligible school buses with EPA-approved emissions control technology. The grant was originally scheduled to expire on September 30, 2010, but the DEQ secured an extension of the grant through June 30, 2011. AQD hopes that this extension will allow schools the opportunity to access the more than $450,000 remaining in unallocated grant funds. In addition, AQD obtained approval to fund a type of anti-idling technology not originally part of the program. The program will now reimburse school districts for the installation of auxiliary heaters on existing school buses that will remain in the fleet for at least five years. School district personnel who are interested in finding out more about this program should download the grant application and Request for Proposal from the DEQ website at, email DERA Grant or contact Tom Richardson at 405-702-4100.

These are just two of the five clean diesel grant programs administered by the AQD. Since initiating its Oklahoma Clean Diesel Program in 2008, the AQD has allocated over $3 million in funds to more than 30 different projects. The AQD looks forward to working with school districts and other eligible groups to help find the right technologies to bring cleaner air to Oklahoma.

Area Fire Fighters Hack into Stimulus Funding

Volunteer fire fighters with seven area fire departments destroyed two school buses in Lexington Oklahoma training for school bus emergencies. Donning full protective gear in 104 degree July heat the fire fighters tore through bus walls with the Jaws of Life, hack saws, hatchets, and fire axes simulating real emergency scenarios where they might be required to rescue local children.

A soon-to-be-salvaged school bus is toppled for the rescue scenario.


Volunteers from seven fire departments worked together.

The buses were bound for the scrap yard as they were being replaced with two new 2010 emission compliant school buses purchased in part with grant money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act administrated through the Air Quality Division’s Clean Diesel Program. This program was established to reduce diesel emissions and focused on retrofit and replacement of school buses. A stipulation of that funding is that old buses be taken off the road removing their emissions from circulation rather than adding to emissions with the new buses.

After sawing through the roof with the Jaws of Life, rescuers move in with stretchers.


Firefighters direct the rescue from the top
of the bus.

Harry Grider, Lexington School transportation director and local volunteer fire chief, organized the effort. He saw opportunity when others saw junk metal. He invited seven local fire departments to come have their way with the soon-to-be scrapped buses. The buses were drained of fluids and mechanically disabled. One was upright, the other on its side. The scenarios required the cooperation of each of the seven departments as they gnawed through walls and tore through ceilings to rescue “students”, actually fellow firemen who were doing their part.

Firefighters assess “victim’s injuries” and determine an exit strategy.


The exercise gave firefighters a new perspective on school bus rescue.

The Multi-Jurisdiction School Bus Training was held on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at the Lexington High School football stadium parking lot. Emergency partners participating in the training were Lexington, Purcell, Slaughterville, Cedar Country, Wayne, Noble, Little Axe, and Wadley’s EMS.

DEQ to take delegation of EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule

The EPA’s new Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule regulates activities that might disturb lead-based paint in pre-1978 housing, schools and certain other child-occupied facilities. These activities can include sanding, painting, remodeling and window replacement. Prior to 1978, lead was commonly used in paint as well as other common materials such as gasoline. Lead is a toxic metal that has been proven to cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Lead poisoning can affect anyone, but pregnant women and children six years old and under are most at risk. No safe level of lead has been established.

Before the promulgation of the RRP rule, there was no mechanism to protect housing occupants and renovation workers from the accidental exposure to lead-based paint dust. The RRP rule establishes safe work practices and training requirements for renovation workers, requires certification of renovation firms, and requires notification of housing occupants when lead-based paint may be present.

Since 1996, the DEQ has regulated all lead-based paint removal and abatement activities in Oklahoma through the Air Quality Division’s Lead-Based Paint unit. This unit will use their expertise in the current program to insure that the new RRP rule is smoothly implemented and provides protection from lead-based paint to housing occupants while providing a one-stop shop for firms and workers in the renovation industry. Questions about the scope of the rule, training and certification requirements or other lead-based paint information can be obtained by calling the Lead-Based Paint Program at 405-702-4100.


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