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The June 2016 Lautenberg amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) required EPA to improve the TSCA Inventory by identifying which "chemical substances" are actively in commerce in the United States, allowing the agency to better »
The Regional Haze Rule (RHR) establishes a comprehensive visibility protection program for Class I areas and requires states to set reasonable progress goals (RPGs) towards achieving natural visibility conditions in all Class I areas by 2064. EPA »
In January 2019, Trinity Consultants (Trinity) acquired The Redstone Group (Redstone), a consulting services provider of international chemical control laws, and EHS auditing, compliance and permitting.Redstone has deep expertise and advises clients »
In 2016, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) revised its importer compliance monitoring approach, although the change garnered little press. The agency's new priority involves re-focusing existing resources and using methods that more »
Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) involves finding facility components that are leaking and fixing them. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a long history of regulating industries (such as petroleum refining and chemical »
Trinity's Environmental Quarterly (EQ) magazine covers environmental regulatory developments as well as topics related to corporate environmental performance.
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Since its founding in 1974, Trinity has expanded its geographic footprint and breadth of services. We attribute our continued growth to a focus on cornerstone values of top-notch technical performance and excellence in client service.
On January 29, 2019, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham kicked off a series of broad, state-level initiatives designed to limit adverse climate change impacts in New Mexico. She did this by »
As we are approaching the end of January, several reports are coming due in the next few months. March 1 - Tier II Report 1 - NMED Excess »
Have you submitted your intent to transition to the new GCP-O&G or a different permit type? The deadline to complete the Notification Form on the New Mexico Environment Department »
It's that time of year again… annual air emission inventory deadlines in New Mexico will be here before we know it. Bernalillo County Sources All major »
On November 27, 2018, the NMED released new application fees that will be effective January 1, 2019. The updated Fees are as follows: NSR Construction Permit Fees The new NSR »
Consideration for the repeal of the New Mexico Ambient Air Quality Standard (NMAAQS) for Total Suspended Particulates (TSP) was recommended in the Improving Environmental Permitting Initial »
As of October 5th, 2018, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has issued a new permitting mechanism for oil and gas production facilities in New Mexico (excluding Bernalillo County, »
Consideration for the repeal of the New Mexico Ambient Air Quality Standard (NMAAQS) for Total Suspended Particulates (TSP) was recommended in the Improving Environmental Permitting Initial Report, released November 14, 2012. New Mexico developed »
As of October 5th, 2018, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has issued a new permitting mechanism for oil and gas production facilities in New Mexico (excluding Bernalillo County, tribal lands, non-attainment areas, and City of Sunland »
Since the issuance of the GCP-Oil & Gas permit over four months ago, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has updated both the Registration Form and the Air Emissions Calculation Tool (AECT) requiring more detailed information and »
Due to the complex terrain encountered at many facilities in the Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions of the United States it is often difficult to accurately represent the meteorological conditions occurring at a facility. The local meteorology »
Permitting requirements for nonroad engines in the state of New Mexico vary based on the agency authorizing your Air Quality Permit. The two agencies that will be discussed within this article include the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) and »
New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Air Quality Bureau (AQB) released the long awaited GCP-Oil & Gas (GCP-O&G) at the end of April 2018. This new form set will be used to register new and existing minor source oil and gas facilities, replacing »
In 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the Exceptional Events Rule. Under the rule, areas with "historically documented" or "known seasonal" exceptional events are required to develop mitigation plans. In a three year »
In a move to accommodate a variety of administrative revisions, reduce the amount of paperwork submitted, and aid the agency in efficiently reviewing requests for change, NMED has developed a new form to be used for administrative revisions to »
On April 11, 2018, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) released a revised Air Emissions Calculation Tool (AECT). The revisions include:Updated equipment forms formatting to eliminate technical issues when saving the form and calculations »
The NOI O&G Quick Application was released on December 19, 2017. This application was developed for the oil and gas industry and has been customized to maximize ease of submittal and review.NMED made many improvements to streamline its use, »
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Air Quality Bureau has released a revised draft of the GCP-Oil & Gas permit for oil and gas facilities. This draft permit has been revised to include new modeling analysis and results for engines, and »
Fire pumps represent a ubiquitous emission source at facilities of all types including data centers, oil refineries, residential buildings and manufacturing centers to name a few. These pumps function to provide pressurized water to sprinklers and »
The Environmental Health Department (EHD) at the City of Albuquerque (CABQ) has proposed a regulation, 20.11.39 NMAC, which will allow certain facilities, in the city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, to apply for permit waivers. This proposed »
Recently, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) added a new General Condition to the regular and streamline New Source Review (NSR) and Title V permits. Prior to this change, reporting for excess emissions resulting from regulated sources »
The New Mexico Air Quality Bureau (AQB) has revised their Air Dispersion Modeling Guidelines on August 8, 2017. There are several important changes since the previous September 1, 2016 version, which are described below.New Meteorological Data »
For several years, property developers and the construction industry have been required to obtain EPA Stormwater Construction General Permits for their construction projects. If your project discharges to waters of the United States and meets either »
There have been several updates and changes to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Universal Application forms. The most recent being that NMED will require UA forms submitted after August 1, 2017 to be printed double-sided. See section 1-I »
On May 30, 2017, the City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department (EHD) released Stakeholder Review Drafts of proposed rule amendments to provisions of 20.11.41 NMAC, Construction Permits, and a new regulation, 20.11.39 NMAC, Permit Waivers »
The Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board's (Air Board) next monthly meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 14. The meeting will begin at 5:30 pm MDT in the Vincent E. Griego Council Chambers located on the Basement Level at 1 »
On May 19, 2017, New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) released the draft GCP-Oil & Gas permit for oil and gas facilities for comments. This permit revises and combines the existing GCP-1 and GCP-4 permits into a single permit. This new permit »
We are pleased to announce that Adam Erenstein has been promoted to the role of Manager of Consulting Services for the Albuquerque, New Mexico office.He has experience in air dispersion modeling, emissions inventories, regulatory applicability »
The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) has announced a public hearing on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. MDT in Room 307 of the State Capitol Building located at 490 Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe. During this public hearing, the »
In August 2016, EPA adopted new NSPS standards for new and existing municipal solid waste landfills (MSWLs). During the April 28, 2017 public hearing the New Mexico Environment Improvement Board (EIB) will also consider adoption of the federal New »
The Albuquerque – Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board’s (Air Board) next monthly meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 12, 2017 from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm MDT. The meeting will be held in the Vincent E. Griego Chambers – Albuquerque County »
On February 24, 2017, the NMED added non-discrimination language to the public notice guidelines. This language will be required in the newspaper publications, posting notice, and letters to the property owners, municipalities, counties, and Indian »
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has developed and published emission factors for various industries and sources. These emission factors are heavily documented in the USEPA publication AP-42 and also in the USEPA »
In December 2016, the New Mexico Environment Department – Air Quality Bureau (NMED) developed an electronic GIS mapping tool for permitted sources in New Mexico. This is a permitted source mapping tool that is available to the public on the NMED »
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 »
In October 2016, the New Mexico Environment Department – Air Quality Bureau (NMED) released updates to the Universal Application (UA) form set. The UA is used for new sources as well as Modifications and Revisions to Title V, minor source (both TV »
Purchasing or leasing a property is one of the most important aspect in our lives, especially when that action will become the foundation of a commercial and/or industrial business. For that reason, it is important to review the historical uses of »
In October 2015, the EPA lowered the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone from 0.075 ppm to 0.070 ppm. Ozone data collected by the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) from 2013 to 2015 shows that all of New Mexico except two »
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) – Air Quality Bureau (AQB) recently repealed 20.2.37 NMAC. 20.2.37 NMAC was in place to minimize emissions from petroleum or natural gas processing facilities.What does this mean for your facility if it »
New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Air Quality Bureau petitioned the Environmental Improvement Board (EIB) to schedule a public hearing for August 12, 2016 to consider the repeal of 20.2.37 NMAC. Part 37 was adopted in 1974 and specified »
Following other unsuccessful attempts to revoke air quality Authority to Construct (ATC) permits for Smith's gas stations in Bernalillo County, the local Air Quality Board (AQB) has scheduled a hearing for the SouthWest Organizing Project's (SWOP's) »
On July 8, 2016, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) released a significant update to their modeling guidelines for air dispersion modeling. Following is a summary of the changes:1-hr NO2 and SO2 modeling is now required for every facility »
The New Mexico Environmental Department – Air Quality Bureau (NMED) recently released new guidance regarding greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The new guidance explains that GHG emissions must be included in applicable air permit applications and »
Since January 1, 2016 the NMED has introduced several new changes to the modeling guidance and requirements. The most significant of these changes are discussed below.On January 1, 2016 the NMED adopted the National Ambient Air Quality Standards »
The New Mexico Environmental Department – Air Quality Bureau (NMED) has proposed to update the New Source Review (NSR) Permit language by adding a permit condition labeled "Governing Requirements During Source Construction, Source Removal, and/or »
Pursuant to §63.7545(e), the Notification of Compliance Status (NOCS) must be submitted within 60 days of the January 31, 2016 compliance date (March 31, 2016) for existing affected sources and must include the information required by §63.7545(e)(1) »
On March 25, 2016 the New Mexico Environment Department – Air Quality Bureau (NMED) released updates to the public notice guidelines. The changes to the public notice will include:The general posting notice has specific language on where it needs »
The New Mexico Environment Department – Air Quality Bureau (NMED) has recently released a memo to clarify when a natural gas processing plant is subject to 20.2.35 NMAC (Natural Gas Processing Plant – Sulfur Regulation). In the memo the NMED states »
On March 7, 2016, the New Mexico Environment Department – Air Quality Bureau (NMED) released updates to the Universal Application (UA) form set. The UA is used for new sources as well as Modifications and Revisions to Title V, NOI, minor source »
It is that time of the year when large facilities involved in manufacturing, mining, electric power generation, chemical manufacturing and hazardous waste treatment covered by the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Program need to prepare and submit TRI »
The City of Albuquerque Air Quality Program announced new modeling requirements for minor source projects in Bernalillo County. Effective immediately on February 2, 2016, modeling for the 1-hour NO2 and 1-hour SO2 standards for all permitting »
The Air Quality Bureau of the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) released guidance on the implementation of 1-hour NO2 and SO2 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) on Thursday, November 19, 2015. The NMED will now require modeling »
New Mexico is starting to run out of time to prepare a response to EPA's May 22, 2015 final SIP call regarding startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM) emissions. This year, EPA published notice in the federal register requiring 36 states with »
The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Department (EIB) has scheduled a public hearing for December 18, 2015. During the public hearing the EIB will consider proposed amendments, petitioned by New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), to New »
On October 1, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone. Originally proposed as one of the six criteria air pollutants under the Clean Air Act, ozone »
Often an acquisition in the Oil & Gas Industry may involve either a large number of previously operated well locations or the rights to explore on large undeveloped parcels of land. In order to protect oneself from unwarranted risk it is advisable »
The Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board's (AQCB) next monthly meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 9, 2015. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 - 9:00 pm in the DMD Conference Room, 7th Floor, Room #7096 located at 1 »
The EPA is required, by September 30, 2015, to sign the final actions of a proposed amendment issued on May 15, 2014 to further control toxic air emissions from petroleum refineries. This proposed amendment, which is part of the Clean Air »
The New Mexico Environment Department's (NMED) District 1 office located in Albuquerque has moved. The NMED remains headquartered in Santa Fe with 22 district and field offices located throughout the state. The new address of the District 1 office »
On July 1, 2011, the EPA promulgated the “Review of New Sources and Modifications in Indian Country” to protect air quality in Indian country. The final rule is a federal implementation plan (FIP) for industrial facilities located in Indian country. »
On May 22, 2015, the EPA issued a final action to ensure states (including New Mexico and Albuquerque-Bernalillo County) have plans in place that are fully consistent with the CAA and recent court decisions concerning startup, shutdown and »
On November 25, 2014, the U.S. EPA proposed to lower the primary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ozone from 75 ppb to a value in the range of 65 ppb to 70 ppb as a means of providing increase protection of public health. For the »
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Air Quality Bureau (AQB) is hosting a training on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 beginning at 1:30 pm MT to share updates to the Air Emission Inventory Reporting (AEIR) due April 1, 2015.For those not able to »
It's that time of year again... annual air emission inventory deadlines in New Mexico are fast approaching.Sources inside Bernalillo CountyAll major sources that are located within Bernalillo County limits are required to submit their annual »
The Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board's (AQCB) next monthly meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, April 30, 2015. The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 - 9:00 pm in the Vincent E. Griego Council Chambers located at 1 Civic Plaza »
Trinity Consultants was the proud sponsor of a hot air balloon team during the 2014 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. During the Fiesta, Trinity partnered with Dr. Dave DuBois the New Mexico State Climatologist and professor at New Mexico »
The Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board (AQCB) has scheduled a Motion Hearing Regarding Motions for Summary Judgment on the Smith's 4th Street for Wednesday, October 22, 2014 beginning at 5:30 pm. The meeting will be held at 1 »
Does your facility meet these criteria?Existing industrial, red boiler commercial, or institutional boiler; ORA process heater was constructed (or reconstructed) on or before June 4, 2010; ANDFacility is a major source of HAPs.If so, MACT applies to »
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) recently released a new abbreviated Notice of Intent (NOI) application form for oil and gas producing facilities.This form set should be used for production sites, tank batteries, loading stations, »
The New Mexico Environmental Department (NMED) released a revised Universal Application Part 3 (UA3) on November 7.The NMED has updated Section 13: Discussion Demonstrating Compliance with Each Applicable State & Federal Regulation by adding Quad »
The New Mexico Environmental Department (NMED) released an email on November 20, 2013 stating that recent amendments to 20.2.77 NMAC and 20.2.82 NMAC will become effective December 19, 2013.With these amendments, the NMED will have delegation of »
In the last edition of this eNews we brought you a story on the EPA's proposed rule that would ensure that States have procedures in place to address air emissions during SSM. Specifically, the EPA was petitioned by the Sierra Club to re-visit SSM »
The AQD had proposed significant revisions to the 20.11.41 NMAC, aka Part 41, Authority-to-Construct regulations. The proposed revisions can be viewed here. The hearing on the proposed regulation revisions was recently rescheduled from mid-February »
As you may already be aware, annual air emission inventory deadlines in New Mexico are fast approaching.Bernalillo County Sources Due 3/17/2014New Mexico (Outside Bernalillo County & Tribal Lands) Due 4/1/2014Sources inside Bernalillo CountyFor all »
We are pleased to announce that the Trinity Consultants Inc. Albuquerque Office will be sponsoring a balloon in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®. The event is scheduled for October 4-12, 2014. As a sponsor, we will receive (2) balloon »
The City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department has announced policy changes for those seeking an air quality construction permit. The changes, which will go into effect beginning January 1, 2014, will effect those seeking to construct, »
As part of our continuing efforts to improve the services provided to our clients, Trinity Consultants has acquired a GF320 FLIR camera for visual observation of fugitive equipment leaks for leak detection and repair (LDAR) and non-LDAR facilities. »
The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board will hold a hearing on Thursday, November 7, 2013 in which the New Mexico Environmental Department (NMED) intends to request updates to 20.2.77 NMAC and 20.2.82 NMAC. These rules are the delegation for »
The New Mexico Environmental Department (NMED) unofficially announced in early June that operators could expect to receive the next wave in SSM (Startup, Shutdown and Maintenance) very soon. It was expected that the requests would be sent to those »
On July 1, 2013, the New Mexico Environmental Department (NMED) Air Quality Bureau sent out a notice regarding implementation and enforcement of several federal air quality standards that were adopted under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) »
The existing Albuquerque Bernalillo County new source review (NSR) type regulation, 20.11.41 NMAC (Authority-to-Construct), is up for revision at a public hearing before the local air quality control board on July 10, 2013, at One Civic Plaza in »
The Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Control Board Meeting is held monthly. The last meeting was held on May 8, 2013. During this meeting, the following items were discussed:A decision was recorded in the proposed amendment to 20.11.60 NMAC »
Please note, as of April 8, 2013, the New Mexico Environmental Department Air Quality Bureau has moved. Their new location is: 525 Camino de los Marquez, Suite 1, Santa Fe, NM 87505-1816. To reach them by phone, call (505) 476-4300.For additional »
In January of this year, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Air Quality Bureau (AQB) released a final report on survey results from the regulated community, internal personnel, and other stakeholders titled, “Improving Environmental »
While stationary engines may be one of the smaller, less significant pieces of equipment at an industrial facility, they are regulated by federal regulations that are complex and difficult to navigate. EPA's National Emission Standards for »