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NESHAP and GHG deadlines for oil and gas
RICE operators.
Several federal air quality regulations promulgated or revised in the last few years have had a dramatic effect on owners and operators of reciprocating NESHAP (National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants) Subpart ZZZZ reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE) in oil and gas upstream and midstream business.  
Some regulation deadlines include:
  • May 3, 2013:  Under NESHAP subpart ZZZZ, existing compression ignition (CI) RICE engines less than or equal to 500 HP and existing non-emergency CI RICE greater than 500 HP at major sources were to be in complianceRecip Engine with the 2010 updates finalized 30 January 2013 by 3 May 2013.
  • October 15, 2013: Any area source under NESHAP Subpart HH that has actual emissions greater than 5 tons per year (tpy) of any single Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAP) or 12.5 tpy of total HAP, must update its major source determination using gas analysis collected within the last 12 months. This determination must be updated annually thereafter.
  • March 31, 2014:  Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission reports under Subpart W (Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems) of the GHG mandatory reporting rule are due 31 March 2014.
  • October 19, 2013Under NESHAP Subpart ZZZZ, existing spark ignition (SI) RICE less than or equal to 500 HP at major sources, and all existing SI RICE at area sources must be in compliance with the 2010 updates finalized 30 January 2013 by 19 October 2013.
  • October 15, 2015: The recently changed NESHAP Subpart HH or HHH could result in facilities that were previously determined to be area sources now becoming major sources.  For any source that is now a major source due to the NESHAP Subpart HH or HHH changes, compliance with major source standards must be achieved by 15 October 2015. In addition, such facilities must submit a Title V application by 15 October 2015.

What this means to you

A variety of recently promulgated federal NESHAP and GHG deadlines for owners of RICE engines used in oil and gas operations will require catalysts.


MIRATECH can help

Contact MIRATECH to discuss compliance options for deadlines impacting your oil and gas operating engines.

Canada aligns air emission standards for
ships with U.S.

On 8 May 2013 the Government of Canada announced it is adopting strict environmental standards to reduce air emissions from ships navigating in Canadian waters.  The changes further align Canada's emissions standards with the United States. "The changes will help make our oceans and lakes cleaner by reducing ship Canadian Flag emissions," said Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. "Since vessels from Canada and the United States routinely travel in both countries' waters, aligning our regulations is the logical thing to do."

The amendments bring new requirements into force for vessels under Annex VI of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) that Canada has negotiated with international partners. New Canadian standards include: 

  • Canada is further aligning its emission standards with the United States with the adoption of the North American Emission Control Area (ECA). Air emissions standards under the ECA are stricter than global requirements.   
  • New standards will reduce allowable emissions of key air pollutants from ships. By 2020, emissions of sulfur oxide will be reduced by 96% and nitrogen oxides by 80%.   
  • New energy efficiency requirements will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping. By 2025, new vessels must be 30% more energy efficient and all vessels must have energy efficiency plans.   
  • A new air emissions regime for Canadian vessels operating in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence waters will support industry efforts to modernize their fleet while phasing in the strictest sulphur oxide standards by 2020.   
  • New standards will require marine diesel engines installed after 1 January 2016 to be certified to recognized U.S. or international environmental standards.
What this means to you

Canada has aligned its air emissions from ships standards to be in line with those of the U.S. That may require replacing engines or adding catalysts to control emissions.


MIRATECH can help

Contact MIRATECH to learn how to make sure your ship's engines comply with the new Canadian regulations.

Carbon Cap-and-Trade Auctions: California releases results of third auction.  South Korea soon to launch cap-and-trade system. 

On 21 May 2013 the California Air Resources Board (ARB) released summary statistic results of its third cap-and-trade auction of California carbon allowances held 16 May 2013.   Earlier, ARB posted summary statistic results of its two previous auctions on its Cap-and-Trade Program Web site.


The final numbers for the third auction include sales figures and settlement price for 2013 and 2016 vintages.


2013 Vintage

Number offered:  14,522,048 CO2 $

Number sold:   14,522,048 

Settlement Price:   $14.00 per allowance


2016 Vintage

Number offered:  9,560,000

Number sold:  7,515,000     

Settlement Price:   $10.71 per allowance


South Korea to launch cap-and-trade


With roughly 18 months until launch, South Korea appears ready to create the world's most ambitious cap-and-trade market, with the highest global price on carbon according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) white paper analyzing how potential market designs could affect the nation's carbon price and market efficiency. 


What this means to you

For government entities focused on limiting carbon emissions, cap-and-trade offers twin benefits:  A means of GHG emission mitigation, plus a new source of revenue.  Governments will be closely following California's program as well as the launch of the South Korea effort.


MIRATECH can help

Contact MIRATECH to discuss what cap-and-trade could mean for owners of stationary engines.

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Compliance with these regulations is required by May 3, 2013 for compression ignition (CI) and by October 13, 2013 for spark ignition (SI) reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE). The regulations strengthen National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) as defined in 40 CFR, part 63, supart ZZZZ.  
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American Lung Association lists 10 most polluted
U.S. cities.

Four in 10 Americans still live where pollution levels are dangerous to breathe according to the American Lung Association's (ALA) most recent State of the Air Report.

The report measures cities based on low-lying ozone pollution as well as both short and long-term particle pollution.  ALA says America's 10 most polluted cities are:

1.       Bakersfield, CA  ALA Logo 1

2.       Merced, CA

3.       Fresno-Madera, CA

4.       Hanford-Corcoran, CA

5.       Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, CA

6.       Modesto, CA

7.       Visalia-Porterville, CA

8.       Pittsburgh-New Castle, PA

9.       El Centro, CA

10.     Cincinnati-Middletown-Wilmington, OH, KY, IN


What this means to you

Stationary engine operators in these areas (especially those in California subject to Rule 1470) are likely subject to strict emission permit limits and may require DPF controls.


How MIRATECH can help

Contact MIRATECH to discuss emission compliance options and solutions for your operation. 

Pennsylvania DEP announces new permit
pre-application tool as part of Permit Decision Guarantee in its second Permit Review update.

On 15 May 2013 Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced its second of four quarterly reports on revised permitting policies.  Both DEP and permit applicants continue to improve performance, according to the second report.  DEP also announced a new permit pre-application information tool that allows potential applicants to quickly determine which permits and authorizations may be needed for a project. PennsylvaniaDEPLogo

The tool is the result of a 24 July 2012 executive order from Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Corbett, creating a Permit Decision Guarantee which established guaranteed timeframes in which DEP will make a decision on 278 types of permits and authorizations, provided the application is complete and technically adequate in the first submission. To date, DEP staff members are meeting these timeframes 96 percent of the time.


DEP will release subsequent reviews of the permitting policies in each of the next two quarters.  The agency has also posted a schedule of Permit Decision Guarantee Webinars on its Web site.


For more information, or to view DEP's quarterly report,visit DEP's Web site and click the "Permit Decision Guarantee" button on the homepage.  To access the Pre-Application Information Tool, enter the keyword, Permits."


What this means to you

Pennsylvania is working to streamline its permitting process for a wide range of permit types - including those affecting stationary engine owners.


How MIRATECH can help

Contact MIRATECH to discuss emission compliance options and solutions for your operation as they relate to Pennsylvania's pre-application tool.
Ohio EPA issues RICE NESHAP Compliance Advisory Notice for peak shaving using emergency electrical generators.   

On 15 May 2013 the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) issued a
Compliance Advisory Notice regarding the operation of emergency electrical generators, permitted by Ohio EPA's permit-by-rule (PBR), for peak shaving or other non-emergency demand response situations. Ohio EPA logo


Pursuant to the Director's Final Findings and Orders, Ohio EPA Director, Scott Nally, stated that Ohio EPA will not consider peak shaving operations by owners and operators of emergency electrical generators to be a violation of their Emergency Generator Permit By Rule, from April 30, 2013 through May 3, 2014, if the owners or operators comply with the RICE NESHAP's operating restrictions and reporting requirements. Such owners and operators will not be required to apply for and obtain a revised permit to allow for peak shaving operation for this one-time, 50-hour operating period that expires May 3, 2014. Such owners and operators will, however, need to maintain all records required under the RICE NESHAP for peak shaving operation and submit a copy of those records to Ohio EPA by May 15, 2014.

For all other owners and operators of emergency electrical generators that are operating under an Emergency Generator PBR, however, Ohio regulations have not changed. If your emergency electrical generator is not an area source of hazardous air pollutants, or is not subject to the RICE NESHAP, you may not use your emergency generators for peak shaving or non-emergency demand response under the Emergency Generator PBR.


What this means to you

Ohio has issued compliance guidelines for emergency electrical generators stating they will not be required to obtain a revised permit to allow for peak shavings for the one-time 50-hour operating period that expires 3 May 2014 but must maintain all records required under RICE NESHAP for peak shaving operation and submit those records by 15 May 2014.


MIRATECH can help

Contact MIRATECH to discuss your emergency generation/peak shaving compliance options.



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