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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 ....
In August of 2013, EPA designated a limited area surrounding a now-decomissioned coal-fired power plant in the Billings area as not attaining the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS. We reported previously on this site that EPA proposed, on March 7th, to change that designation to one of attainment. The attainment designation is now final as of May 10, 2016. The Federal Register publication of the final redesignation is available at this federalregister.gov page.
The EPA announced on March 10th its intent to create a new rule limiting methane emissions from existing oil and natural gas production wells. The new rule would add another layer of regulation to a complex and rapidly expanding framework of air quality-related requirements for the industry: EPA developed emissions performance standards for new and modified O&G production sources in 2012. Major revisions increasing the stringency of the standards were proposed September 18, 2015. The rule is directed toward limiting VOC emissions, but EPA emphasizes the collateral benefits of reducing emissions of methane. EPA has proposed a new rule that