Update around the 25 minute mark http://sbpg.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=711503b78df96b0ccd723f0da6edf96a
Lower SO2 emissions! Our health is suffering from such high concentrations of sulfur dioxide. According to EPA’s technical document for St Bernard Parish's designation of nonattainment, annual SO2 emissions at Rain CII Carbon are 4,284 tons per year; that is 8,568,000 pounds sulfur dioxide!! Rain CII's permit allows up to 7,000 tons per year SO2!! (Murphy Oil) Valero Energy’s Meraux plant is a 125,000 barrels per day capacity with 753 tons per year SO2. However, Valero Energy’s St Charles plant is a 270,000 barrel per day capacity with only 238 tons per year SO2. Compare to ExxonMobil’s Chalmette plant, with 192,000 barrels per day and 250 tons per year SO2. Both Valero Energy and ExxonMobil operate several other refineries with better control technology that results in lower emissions. Why aren’t they required to make the same investment in St. Bernard?
ExxonMobil Chalmette is actually permitted to release up to 462 tons per year sulfur dioxide. Both ExxonMobil and Valero Energy shut several units in 2012 and 2013 at various times for lengthy turnarounds. Modeling should provide information about what total permitted sulfur dioxide emissions will keep the air safe. Currently, the air in St Bernard is not safe, it fails to meet health standards.
Sulfur dioxide non-attainment
The sulfur dioxide standard is 75 parts per billion. According to EPA's AirData website Monitor Values, St Bernard Parish's 3 year average of the annual 99th percentile sulfur dioxide concentration (2010 - 2012)
Chalmette Vista 255 parts per billion sulfur dioxide
Ventura Drive data not available, not part of EPA/DEQ monitors. The second highest reading in 2012 was 48 ppb SO2. As of 2/11/2013, the second highest reading to date is 138 ppb.
Meraux site 28 part per billion sulfur dioxide
Meraux site data: 28 parts per billion SO2 – 2012 Design value (2010-2012 99th Percentile data). (2011 Design value of 26 ppb for 2009 – 2011 data and 2010 Design value of 32 ppb for 2008-2010.)
EPA National Ambient Air Quality Standards
Louisiana DEQ designation recommendations
EPA NAAQS Sulfur Dioxide and State Implementation Plan Requirements
LDEQ September 2011 Presentation to Stakeholders
Rain CII Carbon presentation
ExxonMobil Chalmette refinery presentation
Valero Energy Meraux refinery May 2012 example of sulfur dioxide emissions monitoring
ExxonMobil Chalmette response to request for informationhttp://www.docstoc.com/docs/144364580/SO2-ExxonMobil-response-8680840
Valero Energy Meraux response to request for informationhttp://www.docstoc.com/docs/144363408/SO2_--Valero-response-to-request-for-information-8703017
ExxonMobil Chalmette emissions data
Valero Energy Meraux emissions data
Rain CII Carbon Chalmette emissions data
sulfur dioxide presentation
The Parish Council also requested a presentation at its March 19 2013 meeting around the 1:57 minute mark
SO2 observations January 2013
SBPG HRQLC State Implementation Plan (SIP) process information from Louisiana DEQ on March 27 2013 meeting around 1:29:25 mark.
When asked if we lower sulfur in gasoline (for EPA Tier 3 mandates), if we take SO2 out of the gasoline, where will it go? "certainly we will not let it go into the air"
New AQI Index link on LA DEQ website http://so2.deq.louisiana.gov/
Community Alert system reported to be under development
LA DEQ air monitor sites, select Site Data, select "Ch_Vista" or "Meraux"
SITE DATA LINK AT LA DEQ
Valero Energy air monitor site, select readings http://lena.providenceeng.com/
Non Attainment and excess emissions.
EPA Docket 0322 excess emissions during startup, shutdown, and malfunction
In this action EPA intends to propose to issue findings of substantial inadequacy for certain States whose SIPs are inconsistent with the CAA (Clean Air Act) and with current EPA rules and policies concerning treatment of a source's excess emissions during periods of startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM).
LDEQ meeting March 26 2013 with industries
From LDEQ: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/157478905/LDEQs-comment-on-EPA-HQ-OAR-322
From Concerned Citizens:
EPA Docket 0233 designation non attainment sulfur dioxide
Documents related to EPA's air quality designations and classifications for all areas in the United States for the revised 2010 SO2 national ambient air quality.
Information Exchange Group Meetings
2013 Sulfur dioxide concentrations at or above 75 ppb
June 3 2013 at Ch_Vista 118ppb
June 1 2013 at Ch_Vista 116ppb, 120ppb and 140ppb.
March 4 2013 at Ch_Vista 82ppb, 75ppb, 122ppb, 142ppb, 161ppb, 108ppb, 184ppb, 206ppb, 171ppb. And 135 ppb on March 5 2013 at Ch_Vista .
February 21 2013 at Ch_Vista 108ppba nd 104ppb.
February 10 2013 at Valero 138ppb, 183ppb, 103ppb, 109ppb, and 128ppb.
January 13 2013 at Ch_Vista 173ppb, 144ppb, and 181ppb.
January 11 2013 at Ch_Vista 79ppb, 141ppb, 162ppb, 133ppb, 131ppb, 117ppb, and 84ppb.
January 1 2013 at Ch_Vista 95ppb.
amended agenda for HRQLC meeting on the industrial noise issue around the 12:30 minute mark