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Air Quality Update
March, 2010, Vol 13, No 1
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The Air Quality Advisory Council held its first meeting of 2010 on January 20 at the DEQ offices in Oklahoma City. The group voted to retain Laura Lodes, P.E. as Chair, and elected Jim Haught as Vice Chair for the 2010 calendar year. Ms. Lodes, with Benham Companies LLC, represents the engineering profession on the council, and Mr. Haught with ONEOK, Inc. represents the transportation sector. Eddie Terrill, Director of the Air Quality Division, announced that Mr. David Gamble, P.E. with ConocoPhillips, has been appointed by the Governor to the council to represent the petroleum industry sector. Mr. Gamble will fill the unexpired term of Jerry Purkaple, who retired last year.

Air Quality Division Rules and Planning staff presented a description of each rule proposal. The council voted to forward the following proposals to the Environmental Quality Board with a recommendation that they be adopted as permanent rules.

Subchapter 17, Incinerators, Parts 1 and 3 – The Department is proposing to amend Parts 1 and 3 of OAC 252:100-17, Incinerators, to remove obsolete language and clarify the remaining provisions. In addition, the Department is proposing to revoke Appendix A, Allowable Emissions for Incinerators with Capacities in Excess of 100 lb/hr and Appendix B, Allowable Emissions for Incinerators with Capacities Less than 100 lb/hr. The current provisions of both appendices would be combined into a new Appendix A, Allowable Particulate Matter Emission Rate for Incinerators.
Appendix Q, Incorporation By Reference (IBR) – In the annual update of IBRs, staff proposes to remove Appendix S to 40 CFR, Part 51 from the list of federal regulations to be incorporated by reference. This appendix contains requirements regarding the prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) that conflict with requirements in Part 7 of OAC 252:100-8. In addition, several new 40 CFR rules are being proposed for incorporation by reference in Appendix Q, and several 40 CFR rules that are currently listed in Appendix Q have been modified to reflect more precisely the titles as they appear in the Code of Federal Regulations. In addition, the list in the appendix has been rearranged to reflect the order in which the subparts appear in the Code of Federal Regulations. The new appendix, as well as the old version with changes highlighted, are available for viewing at:

One rule proposal was held over for consideration by the Council until the April meeting in Tulsa. A new Part 4 for Subchapter 17, Incinerators, would incorporate the Best Available Control Technology for biomedical waste incinerators. This requirement was originally established under Subchapter 41, Control of Emission of Hazardous and Toxic Air Contaminants, which was revoked in 2007. In addition, Air Quality Division staff have identified regulatory gaps in Subchapter 17, Part 7, Hospital, Medical and Infectious Waste Incinerators, when pathological waste, low-level radioactive waste, and chemotherapeutic waste is incinerated. The addition of Part 4 will reestablish the Department's authority to require design and emission standards for biomedical waste incinerators, and close the regulatory gap in Part 7 of Subchapter 17. Staff’s recommendation to hold the rule over was based on the need to work on some additional changes.

Brooks Kirlin of AQD’s Rules and Planning Section made a presentation to the Council on EPA’s proposed revision of the Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) NAAQS and its relationship to AQD’s Subchapter 31 (Control of Emissions of Sulfur). SC 31 regulates SOX/SO2 and sulfuric acid mist emissions from a number of types of new and existing industrial facilities. Staff had previously prepared amendments to SC 31 for presentation to the Council to clarify language and to allow for more effective and even implementation of the requirements. AQD has put these amendments on hold while staff studies how the proposed changes to the federal SO2 standard might affect SC 31 and affected facilities. A copy of the slides from Mr. Kirlin’s presentation is available on AQD’s web site. More information on EPA’s proposal is available at

Eddie Terrill provided an update on a variety of issues that are pending with EPA. He noted that guidance on the new ozone standard is due to be published in August 2010, and will not be finalized until December 2010 or January 2011. Mr. Terrill encouraged those in attendance to check the “What’s New” section of the DEQ Air Quality website for updates and news.

The next regular meeting of the Council is scheduled for Wednesday, April 21, in Tulsa.

2010-2011 Lead-Based Paint Certification Year

DEQ Lead-Based Paint (LBP) contractors have until March 31, 2010 to submit applications to renew their certifications. All LBP disciplines must be renewed annually. Certified contractors that renew their certifications prior to that date qualify for reduced certification fees and other benefits. If LBP contractors do not apply for renewal or their applications are incomplete, they may be required to pay initial fees along with other requirements to renew or reinstate their certifications.

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, 2010. Refresher training schedules are available on-line at:

To reach the training provider via phone, contact Melanie Stinnett at Metro Technology Center, (405) 605-4789.


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 February 2, 2009 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


On January 4, 2010 Oklahoma’s web-based emission inventory tool, “Redbud” became available for industry use to report air emissions for 2009. The in-house developed and maintained system provides a secure electronic option for the submission of yearly required emission inventories. The Emissions Inventory Section, in conjunction with Air Quality’s Information Data Management Group, has made several significant improvements to the system. Emphasis was on including industry development requests, providing increased input data validation and aligning date entry fields to meet new EPA data requirements.

Responsible Official log-on information was distributed on Jan 4, 2010 to all web submission eligible companies. The system should be available 24 hours daily until the emission inventory submittal deadline of April 1, 2010. Users are invited to call the Emissions Inventory Section at 405-702-4100 if they experience any trouble with the system.


The recent snow and ice couldn’t keep the Emissions Inventory Section staff from hosting two successful emissions inventory workshops. The Oklahoma City workshop was held on January 21, 2010 and the Tulsa workshop was rescheduled from Jan 28, 2010 to February 4, 2010. Over 200 industry representatives and consultants were able to participate in the workshops.

The morning sessions provided an introduction to the DEQ emissions inventory reporting requirements and the afternoon session was aimed at individuals experienced with reporting.

The Emissions Inventory Section staff provided instruction through PowerPoint presentations, a live Redbud demonstration and a question and answer session. Those lucky individuals who were able to answer some review questions correctly were the recipients of some authentic British chocolates as token prizes! A WiFi signal was available to those present with their laptops to sign on and follow along with the demonstration. Air Quality also provided several laptop computers for those interested in signing on and accessing Redbud.

There were several questions asked at each workshop which will be incorporated into the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section of the Emissions Inventory website at

Feedback forms returned at the conclusion of each session reflected a very positive reception. Several requests and suggestions will be considered for implementation as resources allow.

The workshop agenda and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations are available at

Smoke School Spring 2010

The Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division in conjunction with CENSARA, is again offering the Visible Emissions Evaluation Training Courses for the Spring of 2010. These courses will be offered at two locations; Oklahoma City (March 23, 24, 25) and Tulsa (April 20, 21, 22). In addition to the field certifications, a classroom lecture describing visible emissions evaluation procedures will be offered at both locations.

These courses 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. The specific information for the OKC school is listed below:

Oklahoma City

Lecture Information
• Tuesday, March 23, 2010
• 8:30 a.m.
• Holiday Inn Express, 1700 S Sooner Rd, Midwest City, OK

Field Information
• Wednesday & Thursday, March 24 & 25, 2010
• 8 a.m. registration and 8:30 a.m. start
• Trosper Park, 2300 SE 29th Street, Oklahoma City, OK


Lecture Information
• Tuesday, April 20, 2010
• 8:30 a.m.
• Hampton Inn - Tulsa, 3209 S 79th East Avenue, Tulsa, OK
• (918) 663-1000

Field Information
• Wednesday & Thursday, April 21 & 22, 2010
• 8 a.m. registration and 8:30 a.m. start
• Chandler Park, 6302 W 21st Street, Tulsa, OK

DEQ Internal Contact-Lyndee Songer 405-702-4100/ Lyndee Songer
Outside DEQ- Debbie Scalise 919-878-3188/


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