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Emissions Inventory Overview–Part 1

Emissions Inventory Overview–Part 1. Melinda Ronca-Battista, ITEP. Overview. What is an Emissions Inventory and why do we need one? Part 1 Types of EIs Pollutants Sources Part 2 Quantifying emissions Types of data collected Reporting. What is an Emissions Inventory?.

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Emissions Inventory Overview–Part 1

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  1. Emissions Inventory Overview–Part 1 Melinda Ronca-Battista, ITEP

  2. Overview • What is an Emissions Inventory and why do we need one? • Part 1 • Types of EIs • Pollutants • Sources • Part 2 • Quantifying emissions • Types of data collected • Reporting

  3. What is an Emissions Inventory? Listing of sources of estimatedair pollutant emissions in geographic area during specific time period

  4. What are Emission Sources? Non-Road Mobile Sources Non-Point Sources (Area Sources) Point Sources On-Road Mobile Sources Based on EPA

  5. How are EI data used? • Air quality management tool • Collect baseline data • Develop & track emissions control and management strategies • Regulations development • Air quality modeling and assessment • Permits • Do you have facilities that need permits? • Conditions (potential to emit) • Fees • Emissions trading • Regulatory compliance

  6. Inventory Steps • Source identification • Phonebook/windshield survey • NEI data, previous EIs • Planning! • Inventory Preparation Plan (IPP) • Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) • Collect data • From sources, permits, questionnaires, etc.

  7. Inventory Steps (cont.) • Calculate and analyze data (TEISS, Excel, GIS, etc.) • Report data and present results • Internal: tribal council, community • External: EPA project officer, National Emissions Inventory (NEI)

  8. Level of Detail • Simple summary: Small reservation, few on-reservation sources • Compiled from existing data sources • Includes only large sources • Comprehensive accounting: Large reservation, many and/or large sources • Large on-reservation sources–permitting • “Problem” emissions (agricultural burning, small industries, road dust, traffic emissions)

  9. What are Emissions? • Criteria Pollutants • Particle matter: PM10 and PM2.5 • Nitrogen oxides: NOx • Sulfur dioxide: SO2 • Carbon monoxide: CO • Lead: Pb • Ozone precursors • Ammonia: NH3 • Volatile Organic Compounds: VOCs • HAPs (Air Toxics) • 187 toxic, carcinogenic compounds without regulated standards

  10. Criteria Pollutants • What about Ozone? • Ozone is not emitted directly by sources • EIs inventory ozone precursors • VOCs • NOx • Both react with sunlight to form ozone. • NOx and VOCs get inventoried, but not ozone itself

  11. HAPs (Air Toxics) • 187 compounds listed in CAA including • Mercury (power plants, coal-fired) • Perchloroethylene (dry cleaning) • Benzene (gasoline) • Chloroform (chlorination plants, paper mills) • Methyl Isocyanate (pesticide manufacturing) • Release at Bhopal, India, killed 4,000 people • The list goes on….

  12. Types of Sources • Point sources = Stationary sources • Area sources = Non-Point sources • Mobile sources • On-Road (cars, motorcycles, trucks, buses) • Non-Road (trains, heavy equip.) • Biogenic sources

  13. What is a Point Source? Individual, stationary source releasing pollutants to atmosphere Quantities above emission threshold Emission thresholds vary according to type of pollutant and non-attainment area classification for criteria pollutants See Air Emission Reporting Requirement (AERR) for more detail

  14. What is a Point Source? (cont.) • AERR reporting thresholds are quite high. Compared to Potential to Emit. • Many states have lower thresholds • Consider using state thresholds to define your reservation’s point sources • Makes EI compatible with others in your area • Get a more detailed listing of sources • Example: Busy gas station can be point source under state thresholds, but not EPA’s

  15. Example: Point Source Thresholds

  16. Point Source Characteristics • Large, stationary sources • Manufacturing or production plants • Power plants, refineries • Large, industrial facilities • One point source facility can have emissions from • Smoke stacks • Units within directed to stacks • Fugitive sources within plant

  17. Point Sources (cont.)

  18. Area (Non-Point) Sources • Stationary sources that emit • Less than point source threshold • Smaller emitters, but numerous • Often have fugitive (uncontrollable) emissions • Tend to be sources like • Gasoline stations • Dry cleaners • Auto body/paint shops • Unpaved roads

  19. Wildfires and prescribed burning E.g., agricultural field burning Now inventoried as EVENTS Other area source examples Residential wood combustion Residential combustion of household waste (backyard burning) Other Area Sources

  20. On-Road Mobile Sources • Vehicles found on roads and highways (e.g., cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles) • 20 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and metals quantified (Urban Air Toxics) • Diesel particulate matter and diesel exhaust organic gases also quantified

  21. Non-Road Mobile Sources • Mobile sources not found on roads and highways (e.g., airplanes, trains, lawn mowers, construction vehicles, farm machinery) • 2/4 stroke engines • aircraft • locomotives • commercial marine vessels • hobby engines

  22. Non-Road Mobile Sources • Note about aircraft • ALL airports are now considered point sources in the NEI • If you have airports on your reservation, check the most recent NEI data. Use it in your EI • UNLESS you have more accurate data.

  23. Biogenic Sources • Naturally occurring emissions • Vegetation: Trees, shrubs, grasses • Microbial: Soil bacteria, termites • EPA estimates these emissions on a county level for entire country… • …so you don’t have to

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