Meetings

Meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday of the month from 2:00-3:00PM.  The meetings usually occur monthly from October through March, and less frequently during summer.

DATE AND TIME
17 February 2021, 2:00-3:00PM Mountain Time. 

LOCATION
Zoom

AGENDA
1. Overview of UBOWG
2. Briefings / Seth Lyman (USU),  Marise Textor
3. Q&A with Congressman Blake Moore, Utah District 1
4. Roll Call
5. Announcements              
     a. UDAQ & Ute Tribe / ozone report
     b. Seth Lyman /  GSI Inc seeking access to marginal wells
     c. Seth Lyman / Science for Solutions conference, March 24-25, 2021.
          i.      https://harbor.weber.edu/Airqualityscience/
6. Presentation: Overview of USU research / Marc Mansfield (USU)
 
Next meeting: Mar 17 at 2:00 pm Mountain Time

DATE AND TIME
20 January 2021, 2:00-3:00PM Mountain Time. 

LOCATION
Zoom

AGENDA
1.  Roll Call
2.  Air Quality Report / Mike Natchees (Ute Tribe), and Utah DAQ
3.  Presentations
            Ozone attenuation over past decade / Marc Mansfield (USU)
            Utah ARMS Project / Erik Vernon (BLM)
            Ozone forecasting project / Huy Tran (USU)
4.  Questions or Comments / New Business / Other Business
5.  Next meetings:  Feb 17, Mar 17 (all at 2:00 pm Mountain Time)

DATE AND TIME
16 December 2020, 2:00-3:00PM Mountain Time. 

LOCATION
Zoom

AGENDA
1.  Roll Call
2.  Update on the EPA emissions credit and banking rule / Clayton Bean (EPA)
3.  Presentations
            Methane Waste Prevention Rule / Kathleen Sgamma (WEA) & Erik Vernon (BLM)
            Ute Tribal Air Quality Program / Mike Natchees (Ute Tribe)
            2017 Emissions Inventory / Ryan Grant (UDAQ)
                  Details about produced water updates in inventory
                  Details about composition study updates in inventory
4.  Questions or Comments / New Business / Other Business
5.  Next meetings:  Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17 (all at 2:00 pm Mountain Time)

DATE AND TIME
18 November 2020, 2:00-3:00PM Mountain Time. 

LOCATION
Zoom

AGENDA

  1. Presentation
    1. EIS for Uinta Basin railroad / Pam Juliano, Mark Hemphill (Rio Grande), Mike McKee (Seven-County Coalition)
  2. Introductions
  3. Announcement:  USU ozone alert program.
  4. More Presentations
    1. Exceptional Event Designations / Marise Textor
    2. Methane Waste Prevention Rule / Kathleen Sgamma (WEA) & Erik Vernon (BLM)
  5. Questions or Comments / New Business / Other Business
  6. Next meetings:  Dec 16, Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17 (all at 2:00 pm Mountain Time)

DATE AND TIME
21 October 2020, 2:00-3:00PM Mountain Time. 

LOCATION
Zoom

AGENDA
1.  Introductions
2.  Latest version of the group charter
3.  Presentations
              Bob Hammer (SLR) / Overview of attainment process.
              Mike Natchees (Ute Tribe) / Regulatory jurisdiction.
              Sheila Vance (UDAQ) / SIP development, 1-year extension
                    -extension being planned, but agencies are working on SIP as a contingency
4.  Discussion
              August 2020 ozone exceedances.  Next steps.
                    -Ute Tribe and UDAQ have or will flag these exceedance days as exceptional events
5.  Upcoming meetings
              Nov 18, Dec 16, Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17 (all at 2:00 pm Mountain Time)

DATE AND TIME
19 August 2020, 2:00-3:30PM Mountain Time. 

LOCATION
The meeting was held via Zoom. 

AGENDA
1.  Welcome, Introductions
2.  Recent analysis of 11 years of pollution data. (M. Mansfield, S. Lyman, USU)
3.  Recent advances in chemistry models. (T. Tran, S. Lyman, USU)
3.  Updates on ERC banking.  (EPA/All)
-Federal reviews are in progress
4.  Community check-in.  (All)
5.  Status of 2021 LORA awards.
-2020 awards not planned
6.  Air Quality and monitoring updates.  (Ute Tribe, UDAQ, USU)
-no ozone exceedances this summer.  DAQ may ask for an extension on moderate nonattainment designation
7.  Older business.  Carry-over items from May’s meeting
-DAQ engine exchange grant
-Non-attainment decision
-U&O FIP
-General conformity
8.  Other business.
-link to the bill under consideration by the Utah legislature, as discussed in the meeting: https://le.utah.gov/interim/2020/pdf/00003398.pdf
9.  Next meeting.  We’ve penciled in September 15, 2020,  2:00 PM MDT.

DATE AND TIME
20 May 2020, 2:00-3:30PM Mountain Time


AGENDA
1.  Welcome, Introductions
2.  Announcement:  Science for Solutions (Utah-centric air quality research conference) will be a virtual conference.  June 17 & 18.  Online via Zoom.  Registered participants will get an email invitation.  Register at https://harbor.weber.edu/AirQualityScience/schedule/default.html (No registration fee.)
3.  Announcement:  Working group website  https://www.usu.edu/basinozonegroup/
4.  Uinta Basin Composition Study (L. Wilson, T. Tran, S. Lyman)
        Find the final report and presentation here:
        https://deq.utah.gov/air-quality/composition-of-volatile-organic-compound-emissions-from-oil-and-gas-wells-in-the-uinta-basin
5.  Status of 2020 LORA awards (see statement about this on the Awards and Recognition tab)
6.  Air quality & monitoring updates (Ute Tribe, UDAQ, USU)
                  No exceedances so far this year
7.  Update on the DAQ Engine Exchange Grant (UDAQ)  https://ubenginegrant.utah.gov
8.  Update on non-attainment decision (UDAQ)
9.  Update on U&O FIP (Ute Tribe, EPA)
10.  Update on general conformity meeting.
11.  Update on ERC Bank (EPA)
12.  Other business.
13.  Next meeting.

MEETING SYNOPSIS

Welcome, Introductions

  1. Announcement: Science for Solutions (Utah-centric air quality research conference) has been postponed due to COVID-19.  New date:  June 18 at BYU. https://airqualityscience.org
  1. Air quality & monitoring updates (Ute Tribe, UDAQ, USU)  
    1. Mike Natchees, Ute Tribe—no exceedances this winter, continuing to monitor, out of the winter ozone season.
    2. Sheila Vance Utah DAQ—nothing to add
    3. Makenzie Holmes, Huy Tran, Seth Lyman—presentation about ambient organic compound concentrations. Access the presentation.
  1. Update on the DAQ Engine Exchange Grant (UDAQ). ubenginegrant.utah.gov
    1. DAQ engine exchange grant is open and online, but there haven’t been many takers yet.
  1. Update on extension of non-attainment decision (UDAQ)
    1. Extension of non-attainment decision—Chris Dresser, EPA says the option for extension is on the table.  There are drawbacks, but that is a path that could kick the attainment date back for a year.  Attainment date of 3 August 2022, rather than 3 August 2021.  It is possible to pursue a second one-year extension.  If there is a future violation, it will still go to moderate, and the SIP deadline will start the same as if there hadn’t been an extension.  2020 is the key year—it has to be below the EPA standard in order to ask for an extension.  It isn’t clear yet which agency would request the extension, but the decision is being pursued by all air agencies jointly.
  1. Update on U&O FIP (Ute Tribe, EPA)
    1. No one has asked for an extension on the comment period, which is still open.  Ute Tribe has submitted comments, and Western Energy Alliance will soon.  Tribe and WEA both indicated they hope this rule is finalized and implemented very soon to give certainty and improve air quality.
  1. BLM general conformity (BLM). 
    1. Eric Vernon talked about general conformity, including sharing this PDF: https://www.blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files/IB2014-084_att1.pdf
    2. Chris Dresser and others at EPA have prepared a slide deck about general conformity.  They will be hosting a webinar about it, probably in April.  We will send information about the webinar when it is available.
  1. LORA award applications are due May 1st.   http://tricountyhealth.com/LORA/
  1. Update on ERC Bank (EPA)
    1. Chris Dresser at EPA says the ERC bank has to be analyzed by the federal Office of Management and Budget and get other approvals. Don’t expect it to come soon, but it is moving forward. Time frame is uncertain.
  1. The new ozone working group websit is at https://www.usu.edu/basinozonegroup/.  It will contain links and updated information about the group's meeting and other relevant topics.
     10. The next meeting will be 20 May 2020 at 2PM. 

DATE AND TIME

Thursday, 20 February 2020, 2:00-3:30PM Mountain Time

AGENDA

  1. Welcome, Introductions
  2. 2020 air quality updates (Ute Tribe, UDAQ)
  3. DAQ engines grant (UDAQ)
  4. Update on U&O FIP (Ute Tribe)
  5. LORA Awards (Darrin Brown, Tri-County Health)
  6. ERC Bank (next steps)
  7. Funding update (Seth Lyman, USU)
  8. Air Quality: Science for Solutions Utah-centric air quality research conference (Seth Lyman, USU)
  9. Other business.
  10. Next meeting.