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Bison at MT Tech Career Fair

Thanks to all the students who visited us at the fall Montana Tech Career Fair. We're always looking for great engineers, scientists, and technicians to join what, in our humble opinion, is a pretty great company (partly because it includes a significant number of Orediggers!).

Sep 14, 2017|0 Comments

Discussion Draft Cleaner Air Oregon Rules Overview

See this post for our brief overview of the recently released discussion draft of the Cleaner Air Oregon air toxics health-based rules. The advisory committee has been asked to review and submit comments by September 9. Then Oregon DEQ will update the discussion draft and issue a formal draft for a 60-day public review period starting mid-October.

Sep 1, 2017|0 Comments

Oregon Air Toxics Video

This video provides a brief overview of what's going on with development of a new Oregon rule to regulate industrial air emissions of toxic pollutants. The video also briefly describes Bison's perspective and suggestions for facilities. Please call us if you have any questions.

Apr 13, 2017|0 Comments

First Look at EPA Budget Cuts

The EPA's acting Chief Financial Officer published this internal memo March 21st providing a first look at detailed budget cuts and program eliminations being considered within the agency. The memo identifies a 31 percent decrease from the 2017 FY budget, but the Washington Post points out that, because EPA's water infrastructure program will be increased, budget cuts to the rest of the agency amount to approximately 43 percent.

Apr 3, 2017|0 Comments

Cleaner Air Oregon Framework Presentation

Just presented this morning at the Mass Timber 2017 Conference in Portland, Oregon. The presentation outlines and provides additional information on the recently released draft framework for Oregon's in-work, risk-based air toxics rule; click here to see a copy of the presentation. The Cleaner Air Oregon Advisory Committee will be reviewing and discussing the framework in a public meeting next Tuesday, 4/4, in Springfield. I plan to attend and will provide another update. Stay tuned! Kevin Mathews p.s. Before attending this conference, I didn't know much about mass timber (someone told me it's short for "massive" timber). The industry has done

Mar 29, 2017|0 Comments

Cleaner Air Oregon Draft Framework Released

As promised, Oregon DEQ and the Oregon Health Authority have released a draft framework for the new set of air toxics rules they have been developing. Check out this announcement on the Cleaner Air Oregon website. Here's a copy of the draft framework. The agencies will be meeting with the CAO Advisory Committee Tuesday, April 4th in Springfield to discuss the proposal and take public comments.

Mar 22, 2017|0 Comments

Cleaner Air Oregon Developments, March 4th

See this update on the Cleaner Air Oregon rule-making process from notes taken at a recent meeting of the Associated Oregon Industries’ Environment and Energy Council.

Mar 18, 2017|0 Comments

EPA Finalizes Emissions Control Guidance for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry

A final EPA document becomes effective today (October 27, 2016) that provides "control technique guidelines" (CTGs) for limiting volatile organic compound emissions from select oil and natural gas industry sources.

Oct 27, 2016|0 Comments

EPA’s Oil & Gas Methane Rules Challenged in D.C. Circuit

Fifteen states, led by the state of North Dakota, and 19 industry associations have petitioned the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to review the legality of the recently finalized rule limiting methane emissions from new and modified crude oil and natural gas facilities...

Aug 18, 2016|0 Comments

EPA Finalizes Oil and Gas Methane Rules

On May 12, EPA finalized a set of rules to directly or indirectly reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from upstream and midstream oil and natural gas (O&G) production activities. The rules consist of:

  • A 'New Source Performance Standard' Subpart OOOOa (affects new and modified sources) A nation-wide Federal Implementation Plan for minor sources in Indian Country (affects new and modified sources)
  • An industry-specific clarification of the physical and functional boundaries of a facility (affects new and existing sources)
  • Draft emissions Control Technology Guidelines (will affect existing sources in or near ozone non-attainment areas)
  • A proposed Information Collection Request to support future regulations for existing sources
  • ....

May 17, 2016|0 Comments