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Exceptional Events: Lessons Learned. Eric C. Massey, Director Air Quality Division Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. Phoenix, AZ July 5, 2011. Credit: Daniel Bryant. July 2-8, 2012. Exceptional Events Timeline. Phoenix Area = NAA since 1990 amendments 5% Plan submitted in 2007

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exceptional events lessons learned

Exceptional Events:Lessons Learned

Eric C. Massey, Director

Air Quality Division

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality

Phoenix, AZ July 5, 2011

Credit: Daniel Bryant

exceptional events timeline
Exceptional Events Timeline
  • Phoenix Area = NAA since 1990 amendments
    • 5% Plan submitted in 2007
  • Calendar Year 2010
    • Resubmitted 4 EE demonstrations for 2008
      • Each > 400 pages of highly technical information
    • Unsuccessful, withdrew 5% Plan
  • Calendar Year 2011 - EPA Guidance
  • Calendar Year 2012
    • New 5% Plan submitted
    • ADEQ submitted July 2-8, 2011 Events
      • Total package < 250 pages in length
      • Approved on September 6, 2012
    • EPA revised guidance, worked with ADEQ
      • Further streamlining
      • 40-60 pages of new material per event
upcoming submissions
Upcoming Submissions
  • 22 additional packages
    • 25 exceedance days
      • Some easier – regional events
      • Some harder – single monitor
  • Schedule
    • First set to public notice on 12/1
      • Anticipating 6 demonstrations (1 rural)
    • Second set to public notice on 1/1/13
      • Anticipating 50-70% completion
    • Final set to public notice on 4/1/13

Credit: Mike Maxham

who and how much
Who and How Much?
  • ADEQ staff lead the project
  • Local help
    • MAG, Maricopa County
  • Contractors engaged
    • Sierra Research
    • Sonoma Technology
  • Cost
    • Staff time
    • $400,000 in contract charges
      • Only includes Maricopa County
repeated events
Repeated Events
  • Set the stage in the first submission:
    • Introduction and background done once
    • Most of conceptual model
    • Historical fluctuations updated periodically
    • Not reasonably controllable or preventable
  • Event specific information:
    • Some conceptual model elements
    • Clear causal relationship
    • “But for” analysis
    • Supporting forecasts/data/analyses
other helpful tools
Other Helpful Tools
  • Strategic planning performance measures
    • Focus on improving Air Quality
    • Submit EE’s within 180 days
    • EPA concurrence on 95% of submissions
  • Develop a screening tool
recommendations
Recommendations
  • Get really smart people
  • Involve the customer
  • Tell the story in words, not just data
  • Use photos/video evidence of the event wherever possible
  • Go fast
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