Proposed Rule on Air Quality Control, Reporting, and Compliance
On April 5, 2016, BOEM published the proposed rule on Air Quality Control, Reporting, and Compliance. This rule is the first major re-write in 36 years of BOEM’s existing regulations related to air quality measurement, evaluation, and control with respect to oil, gas, and sulphur operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), including the area offshore the North Slope Borough of the State of Alaska.
The proposed rule would (1) require the reporting and tracking of the emissions of all pollutants defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to affect human health and public welfare, (2) apply the National Ambient Air Quality Standards to all facility and related support vessel emissions, (3) establish new recordkeeping and performance measure criteria, (4) alter requirements for what emissions must be reported in an operator’s plans to allow for more accurate estimating and reporting of the emissions associated with offshore operations, and (5) replace the air pollution control-related standards in the current regulations with cross-references to the corresponding standards in the USEPA’s regulations.
Comments on Proposed Rule
The original comment deadline, set for June 6, has been extended by an additional 14 days and will now end on June 20, 2016. You may submit comments, identified by the number 1010–AD82, by any of the following methods:
- Federal rulemaking portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
- Mail: Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Office of Policy, Regulation, and Analysis, Attention: Peter Meffert, 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, Virginia 20166.
- Hand delivery: Front Desk, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Office of Policy, Regulation, and Analysis, Attention: Peter Meffert, 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, Virginia 20166.
Supporting Documents associated with the Proposed Rule
These forms have been provided to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for their review/approval and are provided along with the Proposed Air Quality Rule (AD82) for the purpose of soliciting and obtaining public comments. These forms are subject to change and will not become effective until they are approved by OMS and published along with the Final Air Quality Rule.