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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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