Oil and Natural Gas NSPS 4Oa Regulation (January 22, 2018) – Effective August 2, 2016, the USEPA established emission standards and compliance schedules for the control of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from affected facilities in the crude oil and natural gas source category that commence construction, modification, or reconstruction after September 18, 2015.  The final regulation became effective August 2, 2016 and potentially affects storage vessels, compressors, pneumatic controllers, diaphragm pumps, and fugitive emissions. Please contact Jeff Pursley (Senior Air Quality Specialist) at (918) 665-6575 or jpursley@aandmengineering.com for further information.  

Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation (January 22, 2018) – Coal combustion residuals, commonly known as coal ash, are created when coal is burned by power plants to produce electricity. Coal ash is reportedly one of the largest types of industrial waste generated in the United States. This regulation for the disposal of coal combustion residuals from electric utilities became effective on October 4, 2016 and provides a comprehensive set of requirements for the safe disposal of CCRs, commonly known as coal ash, from coal-fired power plants. The regulation establishes technical requirements for CCR landfills and surface impoundments under Subtitle D of RCRA and addresses the risks from coal ash disposal — leaking of contaminants into ground water, blowing of contaminants into the air as dust, and the catastrophic failure of coal ash surface impoundments. Additionally, the requirements for recordkeeping and reporting as well as the requirement for each facility to establish and post specific information to a publicly-accessible website are established. This regulation also supports the responsible recycling of CCRs by distinguishing safe, beneficial use from disposal. Please contact Tom Trebonik (Director of Consulting) at (918) 665-6575 or ttrebonik@aandmengineering.com for further information.

Respirable Crystalline Silica Standards (January 22, 2018) – OSHA issued two new respirable crystalline silica standards on March 25, 2016 including one for construction and the other for general industry and maritime. The standards became effective June 23, 2016. OSHA will begin enforcing most provisions of the standard for construction on September 23, 2017 and will begin enforcing most provisions of the standard for general industry and maritime on June 23, 2018. The Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) of 100 ug/m3 has been reduced to 50 μg/m3 as an 8-hour Time Weighted Average (TWA) for all three(3) forms of respirable crystalline silica that are covered by the standard (quartz, cristobalite, and trydimite).  Furthermore, OSHA added an Action Level of 25 μg/m3 calculated as an 8-hour TWA.  Exposures at or above the action level trigger requirements for exposure assessment and medical surveillance. Please contact Jeff Elbert (Director of Compliance) at (918) 665-6575 or jelbert@aandmengineering.com if we can provide assistance in this regard.

Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule (January 11, 2018) – The Federal USEPA hazardous waste generator improvements rule implemented under the current RCRA regulations became effective May 30, 2017. State programs have 12-24 months to adopt the Federal regulations into their State regulations. This new rule impacts SQGs and LQGs in regard to notifications, marking and labelling, emergency response arrangements, satellite accumulation areas, and waste determinations. Please contact Jeff Elbert (Director of Compliance) at (918) 665-6575 or jelbert@aandmengineering.com if we can provide you assistance in this regard.

A & M Re-Branding (January 11, 2018) – We are improving our company, products, and deliverables by re-branding with the development and implementation of a new logo, promotional materials, website, and report/drawing formats. We are excited about these changes and the new-look and improvements they create. We are confident that our company and team will be better represented as a result of our re-branding efforts and our clients will appreciate our improved products and deliverables.