Refining Committee

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New EPA Region 8 Director Selected

President Trump has named Doug Benevento as the EPA Region 8 Director.  Region 8 oversees all environmental regulation in Utah and most other Rocky Mountain States.  Mr. Benevento, a Colorado native, has currently been serving as Director of Energy Policy for Xcel Energy.  He has also served as head of Colorado's Department of Public Health and Environment.

Transportation Task Force Receives Recommendations

UPA has closely watched the Transportation Governance and Funding Task Force and its subcommittees that have met throughout the summer.  The October 5 Task Force meeting included reports from each of the 3 subcommittees including the Funding Workgroup; Economic Development and Land Use Workgroup; and Governance and Transit Workgroup.  While each workgroup's interest focus has implications for UPA Members, we've principally followed the Funding Workgroup. 

Air Operating Permit Program Fee Proposed for Public Comment

The Air Quality Board has proposed for public comment the Division's proposed FY 2019 Operating Permit Program Fee of $78.86 per ton of emissions.  The 2019 fee reflects an increase of $1.15/ton over the 2018 level.  The fee is determined by totaling all the program costs and dividing by the projected tons of emissions administered under the program.  Generally, program costs increase while the tonnage regulated decreases and thus the per ton fee must increase to cover the associated costs.  The 2019 projected emissions inventory of 55,600 tons is 1,400 tons less than the previous year.  Staffing in the program has also steadily declined over time, reducing from 39 FTE's in 1995 to 30 projected in 2019.  That is a reduction of 1 FTE from the 2018 number.

Air Quality Board Finalizes Degreasing and Solvent Rules

At the October 4 hearing, the Utah Air Quality Board gave final approval to Change in Proposed Rule R307-335-Degreasing and New Rule R307-304-Solvent Cleaning (See Rules Here).  In brief, the new rules require anyone using cleaning solvents in excess of 55 gallons/year must either change to a low VOC solvent or install a closed recovery system to capture VOC emissions from the solvent's use.  The Board did allow some exceptions/exemptions to this rule that may apply to your company, so please read the rule carefully.  The rules become effective September 1, 2018.

Transportation Task Force Nearing Decisions

The legislative Transportation Governance and Funding Task Force will meet Thursday, October 5 at 8:00 a.m. in Room 210 Senate Building at the State Capitol complex.  The Task Force will hear and discuss recommendations from the three working groups previously tasked to bring pertinent reform ideas to the larger group.  Those working groups have included the Funding Working Group; Economic Development and Land Use Working Group; and Governance and Transit Working Group.

PM2.5 SIP Update and Delay

At the September hearing, the Utah Air Quality Board received an update from UDAQ staff regarding the status of the PM2.5 Serious Non-Attainment State Implementation Plan (SIP).  Previous timelines for submittal of the SIP to EPA by the end of 2017 would have required that the SIP be approved for public comment in September.  Staff indicated that timeline has slipped due to the complexity of data collection, model validation and the challenges they are facing in modeling attainment of the standard.

Committee Info

MEETINGS 
UPA’s Refinery Managers Committee meets each month on the third Thursday at 11:30 a.m. The meeting host rotates between the five refineries.
  • 2017
    2017 MEETINGS AGENDA / NOTES
    Thursday, January 19
    11:30 a.m.
    Big West Oil
    Thursday, February 16
    12:00 p.m.
    HollyFrontier
    Thursday, March 16
    11:30 a.m.
    Silver Eagle Refining
    Thursday, April 20
    11:30 a.m.
    Chevron
    Thursday, May 18
    11:30 a.m.
    Tesoro
    Thursday, June 15
    11:30 a.m.
    Big West Oil
    Thursday, July 20
    11:30 a.m.
    HollyFrontier
    Thursday, August 17
    11:30 a.m.
    Silver Eagle Refining
    Thursday, September 21
    11:30 a.m.
    Chevron
    Thursday, October 19
    11:30 a.m.
    Tesoro
    Thursday, November 16
    11:30 a.m.
    Big West Oil
    Thursday, December 21
    11:30 a.m.
    HollyFrontier
  • 2016
    2016 MEETINGS AGENDA / NOTES
    Thursday, January 21
    11:30 a.m.
    Chevron
    UPA Annual Meeting
    Thursday, February 18
    11:30 a.m.
    Tesoro
    Agenda
    Thursday, March 17
    11:30 a.m.
    Big West Oil
    Agenda
    Thursday, April 21
    11:30 a.m.
    HollyFrontier
    Agenda
    Thursday, May 19
    11:30 a.m.
    Silver Eagle Refining
    Agenda
    Thursday, June 16
    11:30 a.m.
    Chevron
    Agenda
    Thursday, July 21
    11:30 a.m.
    Tesoro
    Agenda
    Thursday, August 18
    11:30 a.m.
    Big West Oil
    Agenda
    Thursday, September 15
    11:30 a.m.
    HollyFrontier
    Agenda
    Thursday, October 20
    11:30 a.m.
    Silver Eagle Refining
    Agenda / Notes
    Thursday, November 17
    11:30 a.m.
    Chevron
    Agenda / Notes
    Thursday, December 15
    11:30 a.m.
    Tesoro
    Agenda / Notes
CONTACTS 
LINKS 
Utah Division of Air Quality
www.airquality.utah.gov
Utah Department of Environmental Quality
http://www.deq.utah.gov
Utah Legislative Website
www.le.utah.gov
Governor Herbert
www.governor.utah.gov

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