Recent Changes to NMED Flare Monitoring Protocol



On November 8, 2016, the NMED released a new flare monitoring protocol.  This protocol is to be used for flares subject to federal (e.g. 40 CFR §§60.18 & 63.11, NSPS J/Ja, MACT CC, etc.) and state regulations.  Following is a summary of the initial publication for the monitoring requirements:

  • Flare Testing Requirements
    • The permittee shall conduct a performance test, if applicable, on the flare(s) in accordance with [any applicable specific requirements in 40 CFR 60], and the requirements at 40 CFR 60, Subpart A, §§60.8 (performance tests) and 60.18 (general control device requirements).
    • The permittee shall conduct a performance test, if applicable, on the flare(s) in accordance with [any applicable specific requirements in 40 CFR 61], and any applicable requirements at 40 CFR §60.18 (general control device requirements).
    • The permittee shall conduct a performance test, if applicable, on the flare(s) in accordance with [any applicable specific requirements in 40 CFR 63], and the requirements at 40 CFR 63, Subpart A, §§63.7 (performance testing) and 63.11 (control device requirements).
  • Flare Operating Requirements
    • The permittee shall monitor, record, and report flare operation in accordance [with the specific subpart in 40 CFR 60 (if any) and] with the applicable requirements at 40 CFR §60.18.
    • The permittee shall monitor, record, and report flare operation in accordance [with the specific subpart in 40 CFR 61 (if any) and] with the applicable requirements at 40 CFR §60.18.
    • The permittee shall monitor, record, and report flare operation in accordance [with the specific subpart in 40 CFR 63 (if any) and] with the applicable requirements at 40 §CFR 63.11.
  • Flare Flame and Visible Emissions
    • Flare Pilot Flame – The permittee shall continuously monitor, record, and report the presence of a flare pilot flame using a thermocouple or any equivalent device approved by the Department and shall be equipped with a continuous recorder and alarm or equivalent, to detect the presence of a flame.
    • Visible Emissions – Annually, the permittee shall conduct a visible emissions observation in accordance with the requirements at 40 CFR 60, Appendix A, Reference Method 22 to certify compliance with the no visible emission requirement on the process flare.  The observation period is at least 2 consecutive hours where visible emissions are not to exceed a total of 5 minutes during any 2 consecutive hours.
    • At least once per year during a blow down event, the permittee shall conduct a visible emissions observation in accordance with the requirements at 40 CFR 60, Appendix A, Reference Method 22 to certify compliance with the no visible emission requirements.  Each Method 22 test shall occur for the duration of the blow down event or for 30 minutes, whichever is less.  Visible emissions shall not occur for more than 5 minutes during any consecutive 30-minute period.  For blowdown events that occur for less than 30 minutes, visible emissions shall not occur for more the 15% during the duration of the blow down event.
    • If the flare is located at an unmanned site, used only for emergencies, and where there are no scheduled blowdown-maintenance events to observe flare combustion, the permittee shall at a minimum conduct the visible emissions observation in accordance with the requirements of EPA Method 22 on the pilot flame.
  • Flares Used for Emergencies Only
    • The permittee shall continuously monitor, record, and report the flow of all gas streams routed to the flare(s).
  • Flares for 40 CFR 60, Subpart J/Ja
    • The permittee shall install a continuous monitoring device to monitor, record, and report compliance with the fuel gas H2S limit in accordance with the requirements of 40 CFR 60 Subpart J [and/or Ja].
  • Flares for 40 CFR 63, Subpart CC
    • The permittee shall comply with the applicable flare monitoring, recording, and reporting requirements of 40 CFR 63, Subpart CC, including but not limited to §§63.670 and 671.

To see the complete list of monitoring, recording, and reporting requirements please see the NMED website.  For assistance in determining how these changes may affect your facility, contact Brianna Hendrickson by calling (505) 266-6611.

Coming Soon:  The NMED is in the process of creating a second flare monitoring protocol for SSM/M events.