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EPA Publishes Revisions to Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule in Federal Register

On June 21, 2022, EPA published the proposed “Revisions and Confidentiality Determinations for Data Elements Under the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule” (i.e., 40 CFR Part 98) in the Federal Register. A few selected proposed amendments are discussed below.

  • EPA proposes that these amendments would become effective on January 1, 2023 and would implement the revisions beginning with the GHG reports for the 2023 reporting year.
  • EPA is proposing changes to the subparts of 40 CFR Part 98 listed below.
A – General Provisions Y – Petroleum Refineries
C – Stationary Fuel Combustion Sources BB – Silicon Carbide Production
G – Ammonia Manufacturing DD – Electrical Transmission & Distribution Equipment Use
H – Cement Production FF – Underground Coal Mines
I – Electronics Manufacturing GG – Zinc Production
N – Glass Production HH – Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
P – Hydrogen Production NN – Suppliers of Natural Gas and Natural Gas Liquids
Q – Iron and Steel Production OO – Suppliers of Industrial Greenhouse Gases
S – Lime Manufacturing PP – Suppliers of Carbon Dioxide
W – Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems SS – Electrical Equipment Manufacture or Refurbishment
X – Petrochemical Production UU – Injection of Carbon Dioxide
  • EPA is proposing the types of rule revisions listed below
    • Changes to calculation and monitoring methods as a result of an improved understanding of affected emission sources and GHGs end use.
    • Revisions that require reporting additional data to better understand new emissions for source in specific sectors, enhance EPA’s understanding of sector-specific processes or other factors that impact GHG emission rates, improve verification of data reported and complement or educate other EPA programs.
    • Changes intended to streamline requirements and enhance program implementation by providing increased efficiency, flexibility and clarifying identified provisions.
    • Revisions that would increase transparency associated with carbon capture. Utilization and sequestration activities.

A copy of the proposed rule is available here. For more information, please visit EPA’s web site at www.epa.gov/ghgreporting. Comments on the proposed rule must be received on or before August 22, 2022.

EPA Good Neighbor Plan

Federal Implementation Plan Addressing Regional Ozone Transport for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard Published in Federal Register

UPDATE:

On May 12, 2022, EPA extended the deadline to submit public comments on the proposed “Good Neighbor Plan” from June 6 until June 21, 2022. A copy of the Federal Register notice is available here.


On April 6, 2022, EPA published the proposed “Federal Implementation Plan Addressing Regional Ozone Transport for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard” in the Federal Register. EPA is proposing this rule under the “good neighbor” or “interstate transport” provision of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). The proposed rule, referred to by EPA as the Good Neighbor Plan, includes several key components discussed below.Read more »

CEMS Training Doesn’t Have to Be Boring

The Inaugural CEMS Academy Training Workshop Shares An Exciting Approach To Learning About Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS).

The inaugural CEMS Academy Training Workshop kicked off with the Welcome Reception the evening of March 30.  The CEMS Academy is instructed and sponsored by VIM Technologies, Air Hygiene, Inc., Universal Analyzers, and STI CEMS.  The reception was an excellent opportunity to meet and network with several engineering and environmental professionals before the training the following day.

The full-day training was held at the beautiful Air Hygiene, Inc. facility in Tulsa, OK on March 31. During the first session, attendees began with Regulatory Basis and Source Obligation. The focus included outlining the significance of the training, the various regulations, who is impacted, and the approaches to  compliance. Bob Bertik, VP of Sales & Marketing at Universal Analyzers, broke down the Monitoring Hardware Fundamentals by providing a detailed look at various components that make up continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS). Tom Graham, Director of Air Hygiene University at Air Hygiene, Inc. enlightened all with Stack Testing Profiling while giving an in-depth look at pre-CEMs stack testing and what it is comprised of. Wade Day, Founder & President of STI CEMS,  wrapped up the morning session with the CEMS Integration Basics.

A catered midday meal on-site allowed everyone to interact with one another and continue individual discussions touching on each attendee’s unique interest and experience.  After lunch, everyone was invited to tour the state-of-the-art Air Hygiene facility. The afternoon sessions continued with a look into the data collection and reporting functionality of the CEMS or the Data Acquisition System (DAS). Once all the components of the CEMS had been covered the focus moved to certifying the CEMS, and the keys to a successful RATA test. CEMS Component Level Tips & Tricks and CEMS Maintenance Best Practices finished off an immersive day of CEMS training. The significant interaction and participation among the attendees throughout the day brought great energy, humor, and meaningful discussions around real-life situations.

VIM Technologies would like to thank everyone who took part in making the inaugural CEMS Academy Training Workshop a success. Thank you to Air Hygiene for hosting, and to all the attendees for their participation in creating such a fun learning environment. Join us for another innovative day of training at the upcoming class in Kansas City on June 16th hosted by Power Engineers. Hope to see you there!

 

VIM Technologies Attended The 2022 Analyzer Technology Conference

Galveston Island Convention Center

The conference was the first in-person gathering for many in the industry after a 2-year hiatus.

The largest North American conference for process analyzer technology, the Analyzer Technology Conference (ATC), was held in Galveston, Texas from May 15 to May 18, 2022. As a major provider of emissions compliance software for CEMS and PEMs,  VIM Technologies was proud to be in attendance to support the ATC organization, as well as our current and future clients.

VIM Technologies provides environmental compliance and DAS software for a wide range of applications in the industry in the Americas. Odette Alsen, Regional Sales Manager (West Region), attended and met with many existing VIM DAS users as well as several new contacts at our booth. The conference, which was hosted at the Galveston Island Convention Center, had nearly 500 attendees and over 50 exhibitors focusing on process and laboratory analysis.

The conference offered the opportunity for attendees to learn about new and innovative analytical techniques, developments, and applications for process and laboratory measurements. During the two-day sessions, presenters shared a variety of technical papers that addressed topics from all areas of the process analyzer community. The vendor hall exhibited the latest and greatest technologies from around the industry.

 

53rd CAPCA Annual Spring Technical Workshop & Forum

On April 6th-8th, 2022, VIM proudly supported the Carolina Air Pollution Control Association’s (CAPCA) 53rd Annual Spring Technical Workshop & Forum at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. The focus of the technical workshop was around impacts of the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, environmental policy, and regulations updates along with other developing air issues like PFAS in the environment. Read more »

Five Most Popular Webinars

Throughout the year VIM Technologies makes it a point to continuously educate the industry. Not only do our topics focus on the most effective ways to utilize our CEMLink 6 software, but also general emissions monitoring tips, tricks, and fundamentals. Below we’ll review some of the most popular webinars we hosted this past year.

All of VIM’s previously recorded webinars are available here. Select any number of webinars and request them by completing the form at the bottom of the page.

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The CEMS Academy Training Workshop

The CEMS Academy was founded by a group of industry leaders in the field of air emissions monitoring. Their goal was to establish a positive, forward-thinking learning environment that was unlike anything else in the environmental field. The leaders of this initiative have a combined 30-years of problem-solving expertise in CEMS and related air monitoring activities. They share their considerable experience with anyone who is having trouble meeting their compliance duties. As a result, The CEMS Academy has developed a comprehensive, rapid-fire 1-day program that focuses on real-world difficulties and how to manage or avoid them completely. Come join us for an experience, unlike every other training you’ve ever had.

Register for the upcoming in-person training on March 30th and 31st in Tulsa, OK here.

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