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Air Quality Update
December, 2005, Vol 8, No 4
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On Tuesday, January 3, 2006 a new password will be emailed to the person in an organization who is legally responsible for emissions inventory submissions (the Responsible Official or RO). If the RO or their email address has changed in the last year, please notify the Emissions Inventory Section immediately (405-702-4100).

Currently, authorized users are able to review but not update their 2004 emissions data in Redbud. On January 3, 2006 it will be possible to start entering 2005 data. The submission deadline will be Wednesday, March 1, 2006; there will be no automatic extension of the deadline this year.

We cannot give the new password to anyone other than the RO. They can authorize access to Redbud to other users as required.


Air Toxic Monitoring: Air Quality completed the Ponca City Phase II monitoring in July, and the first draft data from the contract laboratory arrived in August. The Ponca City project and a Tulsa monitoring project, still in the equipment acquisition stage, are funded in part by EPA special project grants. Data will be posted to the webpage as it becomes available.

MACT updates: EPA has completed the bins of MACTs, but lawsuits on several MACT standards have resulted in re-opening and reconsiderations of several standards. The Air Quality Division will track these developments and provide updates as they are resolved. More information regarding MACT standards is available on the EPA Air Toxics Webpage at or the EPA rules site at

HAP List: Information on the status of HAP delisting is available at EPA is also considering proposals to add hydrogen sulfide and diesel particulates to the HAP list, but no official proposal has been promulgated.

1999 NATA: The 1999 National Air Toxics Update is expected to be released by EPA before the end of the year. It has been delayed many times, but this time its release looks promising.


Currently, EPA lists only one section as under review. AP-42 Section 12.5.1-Steel Minimills. The comment period was scheduled to close on March 31, 2005. Find more AP-42 information on EPA’s TTN-CHIEF Bulletin Board at


House undergoing rennovation

The time is quickly approaching for DEQ certified Lead-based Paint (LBP) contractors to renew their certification. The 2005-2006 certification year will end March 31, 2006. To renew a LBP certification, contractors must submit a complete LBP renewal application, including documentation of refresher training and fees, to DEQ by March 31, 2006.

Please note that DEQ has two accredited LBP training providers: Metro Technology Centers and Institute for Environmental Management – OU Health Sciences Center (IEM-OUHSC Ctr). Contact the following individuals for course schedules and price information:
Metro Technology Centers
Melanie Stinnett (405) 605-4789
Frank Bryant (405) 271-2070 x46788

Please remember that individuals must have all applicable quarterly reports submitted in order for the certification renewal to be processed. The majority of the quarterly reports for the third quarter of this certification year were late, which unfortunately is typical of most quarters. This makes it necessary for the LBP program staff to send more notices to late reporters, and it delays issuance of many renewal certifications every year. This additional work adds to the Department’s costs to manage the LBP program. The Program is looking at possible ways to recoup those costs, including increasing certification fees. It would benefit all parties involved to submit the reports on time. Again, quarterly reports are due 10 calendar days after the end of each quarter. For further information or questions regarding certification, please contact Richard Hooper at 405-702-4100.


The Department of Environmental Quality Air Quality Division will soon issue health-based advisories for ozone and fine particulate matter pollution. The advisories will be prepared by specialists in the Air Quality Division and issued by the Department directly to Oklahomans who sign up to receive the e-mails.

Notifying the public when air pollution levels could be of concern is not new for the Department. For thirteen years the Division has forecast ozone alerts for local government organizations in Lawton, the Tulsa Metropolitan Area, and the Oklahoma City Metro. The Division will continue to forecast for these local organizations but will also issue statewide real-time advisories for both ozone and particulates that may be helpful to individuals throughout the state who are sensitive to elevated levels of air pollutants.

Air Quality is not just a local problem. Air pollution from neighboring states blows across many counties before reaching Oklahoma’s metropolitan areas. And to the extent that the Division can be aware of this transport, all Oklahomans, including those living in rural areas, should be notified of the air quality in their communities and in those where they may be traveling.

The Division has 34 sites across the state that can almost instantly monitor levels of air pollution. When current or predicted values reach levels that could be a concern to health, the Department will issue health advisories for the days in question. The Air Quality Health Advisories will be visual or graphic representations of the state and the air pollution forecast with display colors consistent with the federal Air Quality Index (AQI) to represent the quality of the air in each of the state’s 77 counties: green for “good”; yellow for “moderate”; orange for “unhealthy for sensitive groups”; red for “unhealthy”; maroon for “very unhealthy”; and, black for “hazardous”.

Air Quality Health Advisories will often be simultaneous with alerts in at least one of the three metropolitan areas, but they do not have to be because the health advisories can be based on near-real-time data and require no lead-time.

The Health Advisories were developed under a special projects grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Sign up for the service is on the Air Quality web page: (


The first workshop will be held Thursday, January 12, 2006 at DEQ in Oklahoma City from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.

The second workshop will be held Thursday, January 19, 2006 in the Tulsa Public Library Auditorium, 400 Civic Center, Tulsa from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.

General topics, such as how to avoid common errors, as well as enhancements to Redbud will be presented. Additional information is available at


All but three ozone monitoring sites recorded at least one eight-hour average concentration of .085 ppm or greater. The fourth-high eight-hour averages ranged from .071 ppm at McAlester to .085 ppm at Burneyville. Eight-hour average ozone concentrations of .085 ppm or greater were recorded on twelve days during the ozone monitoring season. The first was May 6 and the last was September 9.

2005 Oklahoma Ozone
Highest 8 Hour Averages through 11/01/05
Site  1st 2nd 3rd 4th  02-04 Avg* 03-05 Avg*
02 4th  03 4th 04 4th (date) (date)  (date)  (date) 4th Highs 4th Highs
Terral  (670) 0.093 0.093 0.080 0.080    
(new site) 22-Jun 9-Sep 6-Sep 10-Sep  
Burneyville  (300) 0.090 0.090 0.086 0.085    
(new site)     2-Jun 23-Jun 29-Jun 6-May    
Tulsa West (144) 0.096 0.086 0.079 0.076 0.076
  0.081 0.071 29-Jul 1-Sep 31-Aug 20-Jun  
Tulsa East (178) 0.092 0.084 0.082 0.081 0.079 0.079
0.080 0.084 0.073 21-Jun 15-Jun 6-Aug 29-Jul    
Tulsa  Central (1127) 0.091 0.083 0.083 0.082 0.076 0.076
0.080 0.080 0.068 1-Sep 20-Jun 21-Jun 29-Jul  
Tulsa North   (137) 0.090 0.087 0.087 0.083 0.079 0.079
0.083 0.083 0.071 8-Aug 22-Jun 2-Sep 20-Jun    
Tulsa South   (174) 0.085 0.077 0.073 0.072 0.079 0.076
0.082 0.086 0.071 29-Jul 14-Jul 30-Aug 20-May  
Edmond   (037) 0.085 0.083 0.080 0.078 0.079 0.079
0.078 0.082 0.077 22-Jun 23-Jun 29-Jul 1-Aug    
OKC   (033) 0.089 0.083 0.079 0.077 0.078 0.077
0.080 0.080 0.076 29-Jul 22-Jun 23-Jun 20-Jun  
Moore   (049) 0.081 0.079 0.078 0.076 0.073 0.074
0.075 0.076 0.070 13-Jul 22-Jun 2-Jun 9-Apr    
Goldsby   (073) 0.088 0.078 0.076 0.073 0.074 0.072
0.078 0.077 0.068 13-Jul 29-Jul 30-Aug 23-Jun  
Choctaw   (096) 0.082 0.080 0.076 0.075 0.074 0.075
0.078 0.078 0.072 23-Jun 22-Jun 9-Apr 17-May    
Yukon   (101) 0.094 0.093 0.081 0.079 0.076 0.076
0.081 0.078 0.071 21-Jun 29-Jul 20-May 20-Jun  
Lawton   (647) 0.085 0.081 0.079 0.079 0.076 0.077
0.076 0.078 0.075 22-Jun 29-Jul 23-Jun 9-Sep    
McAlester   (415) 0.075 0.073 0.072 0.071 0.073 0.071
0.076 0.076 0.068 28-Jun 9-Apr 10-Sep 17-Apr  
Seiling   (860) 0.087 0.079 0.077 0.076 0.071 0.073
0.069 0.077 0.067 22-Jun 23-Jun 21-Jun 2-Sep    
*0.085 or greater indicates exceedance of National Ambient Air Quality Standards

All ozone monitoring sites which have been in operation for three years or more are in compliance with the eight-hour ozone NAAQS for the 2002 through 2005 period. All sites have three-year fourth-high eight-hour averages of less than .080 ppm.

2005 Oklahoma DEQ Ozone Monitoring Network

This map shows monitoring site location and type. Some locations are permanent while others are special purpose sites. DEQ had sixteen ozone monitoring sites during 2005. The Red River ozone monitoring sites at Burneyville and Terral were reopened this year and placed in the same locations as in 2000. The Special Purpose Monitoring sites are moved as necessary to give us a better understanding of how ozone forms and moves around the state and the region.

Air Quality Permitting Issues

There have been recent state and federal rules changes and proposed rules changes that are of interest to the regulated community. Here is a list of those issues that will be addressed soon:

December 31, 2005 Deadline
1. Facilities operating under an SOP 20 determination must determine if their facility needs a permit or meets the “permit exempt” thresholds under OAC 252:100-7. If a permit is needed, an application should have been filed with the Air Quality Division (AQD) by December 31, 2005.
2. Disclosure of all compliance issues relative to these facilities including formaldehyde and flash tank emissions (Emission fees are due 2003 and forward).
3. Settlement of any enforcement cases that arise from flash tank emission issue is due. Consent orders must be signed that would include any beneficial economic benefit penalty arising from Title V (TV), Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD), and Best Available Control Technology (BACT) issues related to flash emissions.

Toxics Rule Change
State toxics rule changed as of August 11, 2005. Old SC 41 language in existing permits must be removed by request from the operator or the old language will be enforced. AQD will not automatically remove the language.

Permit Flexibility
Minor Permits – OAC 252:100-7-2 Facility modifications must have an application submitted to AQD before limited construction can begin. The construction permit must be issued before bulk of construction can begin.

Notice of Intent (NOI) – OAC 252:100-7-15(c)(2) – If a General Permit (GP) authorizes construction under an NOI, the GP is in effect upon receipt by AQD of the NOI. However, there is no minor source general permit for compressor stations because members of industry requested AQD not issue one.

TV Permit Duration
TV permits expire five (5) years after date of issuance of the original TV. Modifications to the permit DO NOT re-set the clock. Newer permits (and modifications) have the reminder on the signature page. Earlier permits do not. This policy is EPA’s and is consistent with the rules.

New EPA rules were proposed to AQC on 10-19-05. They will apply to major sources and comments must be made soon. The AQC will probably pass them to the DEQ Board in early 2006.


The Air Quality Advisory Council held its fourth meeting of 2005 on October 19 at DEQ headquarters in Oklahoma City. The agenda for the meeting included hearings on Chapter 100 New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), Definitions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) found in Subchapters 1, 37, and 39, New Source Review (NSR) Reform and Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART).

The Council voted to forward incorporations by reference of proposed NSPS and NESHAP to the February Environmental Quality Board meeting. Proposed changes to the definition of VOC found in Subchapters 1, 37 and 39 were withdrawn from consideration by the Council. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recommended that the Air Quality Division maintain an inventory of the state’s tert-butyl acetate emissions while exempting the substance as a VOC. The division’s position is that an inventory of the substance is no longer necessary if tert-butyl acetate is exempt as a VOC. A legal determination will be sought regarding the state’s authority to impose inventory requirements on a substance that is no longer a regulated air pollutant.

Dr. Joyce Sheedy presented proposed changes to Parts 1, 7 and 9 of Subchapter 8 as revisions to NSR. Dr. Sheedy discussed amendments made to the draft rule since the September work group session was held at the DEQ headquarters, comments received and responses to those comments, and a summary of findings from a Colorado study and a 12-state report of facilities that would be affected by NSR. She requested that the Council continue the hearing to the January 18, 2006 meeting, by which time real-world evaluations of the effect of 5-year versus 10-year look-back on records would be explored. Council members voted to continue the NSR hearing at the January 2006 meeting.

The Department also proposed the addition of a new Part 11 to Subchapter 8 that incorporates by reference the federal BART requirements into Chapter 100. The BART requirements are part of the Regional Haze State Implementation Plan. The hearing on BART requirements was continued to the next meeting.

The Council approved its meeting dates and locations for 2006:

Wednesday, January 18 Oklahoma City
Wednesday, April 19 Tulsa
Wednesday, July 18 Oklahoma City
Wednesday October 18 Broken Bow


Excess emissions reporting, as described in OAC 252:100-9, is required whenever there is an emission of a regulated pollutant that is above an established enforceable limit. In the past, facilities have reported these excess emission events to the Department by phone or fax and then sent an official written report within 10-business days.

After observing the success of the emission inventory online submission program, a similar process was suggested for the excess emission reporting program. The program would enable facilities to provide immediate notice to the Department and have the ability to provide a written 10-day report via the web. The amount of manual entry into the database system would decrease and the submittal of all required information would be ensured. The online submission program will also give companies the ability to access and review their reports and submission history at any time.

The online excess emission reporting system became available December 1, 2005. Facilities will be able to access it using their Redbud Company ID and password from the Compliance and Enforcement, Air Quality Division web page or directly at Workshops were offered to inform facilities of the new submittal process and provide the necessary training.

2005 Workshop dates and locations included:

•November 10: McAlester
•November 14: Woodward
•November 17: Duncan
•November 29: Stillwater
•December 1: Tulsa
•December 6: OSU-OKC

For more information about the new online excess emission system, interested parties may contact Crystal K. Stearns at (405) 702-4100 or Jimmy Carter at (405) 702-9116.

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