|December, 2009, Vol 12, No 4|
The Air Quality Advisory Council held its October 21, 2009 meeting at the DEQ headquarters in Oklahoma City. However, with only 4 council members present, there was no quorum so no official actions were taken by the Council.
Air Quality Division staff presented a description of each rule proposal, and there was opportunity for discussion and questions by the council and other attendees. These rule changes are expected to be re-proposed for consideration at the next Council meeting.
The Council has 4 regular meetings scheduled for 2010.
Eddie Terrill, Director of Air Quality Division, provided an update on federal regulatory changes that are expected to be in place soon. Among those will likely be more stringent National Ambient Air Quality Standards including those for ozone, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. He provided information on the EPA’s timeline for accomplishing these changes. Also of note are EPA’s ongoing efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from mobile and stationary sources. EPA is in the process of making changes that will make six primary greenhouse gases subject to Title V and PSD permitting.
2010 EMISSIONS INVENTORY WORKSHOP
The annual DEQ workshop will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2010 at the Metrotech Springlake Campus in Oklahoma City, and again on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at the OSU-Tulsa campus. As with last year there will be optional basic training from 9 AM to 12 Noon, as well as the main workshop between 1 PM and 4 PM on each day.
The morning session will cover basic training on how to submit an emissions inventory. Attendance is especially encouraged for personnel completing an inventory for the first time in 2010. Air Quality Staff will provide hands-on training in Redbud, Oklahoma’s web-based electronic reporting system. Wi-Fi internet access will be available. Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops and Redbud passwords to follow the data entry and submittal process. The afternoon session will cover general emissions inventory topics, including designating a Responsible Official, new data fields and requirements, and a review of common quality control issues. It will conclude with a question-and-answer session.
More details are available at http://www.deq.state.ok.us/AQDnew/emissions/2010Workshop.html. To register, please email Michelle Horn or call (405) 702-4176 or email Carrie Patton or call (405) 702-4178.
The Air Quality Division traditionally has a Fall Staff Meeting before Thanksgiving to share information and award service pins. Since 1994, this meeting has combined business with a Chili Cook-off, resulting in someone winning the coveted Golden Ladle award. This year’s winner was Randy Ward, and he has consented to share his award-winning recipe with this newsletter’s readers!
Disclaimer: Randy says chili is an individual taste, so some people won’t like it, won’t like beans, etc. He also cautions that no two pots of chili are ever the same, so don’t be disappointed if it’s not perfect. That’s just a good reason to make another pot.
Randy’s Golden Ladle Winning Chili
2 pounds ground beef, leaner is better. (If pork is not a problem, use up to half-pound sausage for a richer taste.)
Brown ground beef in skillet, lightly salt and pepper. Add beef, beans and tomato products to large pot. Cook over medium heat, add cumin and 3-4 teaspoons chili powder. Add chopped onions and peppers to skillet, brown until onions begin to pale. Add wine or juice and simmer until all liquid is gone. Stir in garlic and cook for a few seconds then transfer all into pot with meat. At this point chili should be fairly liquid. Add additional chili powder, salt or black pepper to taste. Stop adding spices before the taste is perfect, the chili will get spicier and saltier as it cooks. Warm until bubbly, then turn to low and simmer for at least a couple of hours. Serve with favorite condiments and enjoy.
LEAD-BASED PAINT PROGRAM NEWS
As we’ve mentioned in other articles this year, the Lead-Based Paint Activities program has experienced record growth in the number of certified individuals and firms. With all the new people working in the field and the growing number of projects we wish to remind everyone to take care when completing reports and notices. Our field utilizes specialized terms and definitions that can easily be misused or used in the wrong context so we are urging everyone to review their quarterly report submittals carefully to avoid misunderstandings.
Renewal reminder: the certification renewal period begins January 15 and ends March 31, 2010.
Update on EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule status:
NOTICE TO ALL USING ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS TO MEET EXCESS EMISSIONS RULE REQUIREMENTS
The Department of Environmental Quality was recently granted approval of its “Cross Media Electronic Reporting Rule” (CROMERR) which is the mechanism for providing electronic signatures. This means that all electronic reports that are submitted as part of an EPA delegated program must be CROMERR compliant and thus have an approved electronic signature with each submission. We have decided that we are not quite ready to make this switch on January 1, 2010. However, we plan to decide in the next few weeks how we would go about conducting an outreach program or some other means of educating those of you submitting electronically as to how to obtain an electronic signature. For now you need do nothing different than you always done when submitting your Excess Emission notifications and reports. We will notify you through e-mails, postings on our website and other means as to how we will address this issue. If you have any questions, you can find information about CROMERR on the DEQ website and our CROMERR website. You may also contact Mike Hixon or Zach Crowell at (405) 702-4100 for general questions regarding Excess Emissions reporting.
AP-42 EMISSION FACTOR UPDATES
Currently, EPA lists three 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 on February 2, 2009. Chapter 15: Ordnance Detonation, was reopened with comments now due by 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 http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/ap42/index.html.
NSPS Subpart KKK “Process Unit” Definition
For detailed information of Subpart KKK "Process Unit" click here.
When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lowered the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone in March 2008, there was little hope of the DEQ ozone monitoring sites attaining that standard. But now, two years later, all DEQ ozone monitoring sites are attaining the new NAAQS. The NAAQS is compared to the three year average of the fourth highest eight hour average concentrations at each site. The chart below shows the four highest eight hour average concentrations at each of the DEQ ozone monitoring sites in 2009. It also shows the fourth highest concentrations for the years 2006 through 2008. The columns marked 06-08 Avg. 4th Highs and 07-09 Avg. 4th Highs indicate attainment with the NAAQS if their value is less than 0.076 ppm. The column marked 2009 critical value is contains the fourth highest concentrations that would have to be recorded to put the site in non-attainment. The three year averages of the 4th high concentrations show that no sites are over the 0.075 ppm eight hour average standard in 2009.
Ozone concentrations are always influenced by the weather. Stagnation and transport play significant roles in causing ozone levels to rise. Oklahoma’s ozone season of 2009 contained little stagnation and transport as the upper winds were unusually consistent and strong from the west.
The 2009 ozone season began in April with one day showing concentrations of ozone above 0.075 ppm eight hour average. May did not have any days over the 0.075 ppm eight hour average. June was the month with the most days over the0.075 ppm eight hour average with four. There were three days in July and one day in August with ozone levels over the 0.075 ppm eight hour average. The old standard, 0.084 ppm, was exceeded only one time at any Oklahoma DEQ site and that occurred at site 1127 in Tulsa. Site 1037 in north Oklahoma City was the only ozone monitoring site in the state to record four days with ozone concentrations over the 0.075 ppm eight hour average.
Our designation as attainment with the ozone NAAQS may be short lived, however, as EPA has announced that it is reconsidering the ozone standard. It may be lowered in the very near future.
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