Bexar County, which includes the City of San Antonio, is now a marginal non-attainment area for ozone. Any regulated entity (“account”) located in an ozone nonattainment area that emitted 10 tons per year (tpy) or more of volatile organic compounds (VOC) or 25 tpy or more of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in 2018 is required to submit an Emissions Inventory (EI) to the TCEQ.
Regulated entities in Bexar County that have a federal operating permit (“Title V Permit”) were already subject to EI reporting. Last year, some non-Title V facilities in Bexar County were requested by the TCEQ to submit an EI under a Special Inventory. This year, however, any facility meeting the EI thresholds will need to submit an EI. The TCEQ will not be sending out any notice to non-Title V facilities in Bexar County, so each facility needs to determine its actual 2018 emissions and prepare an EI prior to the deadline, if subject to reporting. The EI needs to be submitted through the State of Texas Environmental Electronic Reporting (STEERS) Annual Emissions Inventory Reporting web-based system. Normally EI reports are due by March 31st, but since the 31st is a Sunday, reports submitted on April 1st (no fooling!) will be considered on-time.
Also, several counties are included in a Special Inventory for the 2018 reporting year: Bastrop, Bell, Caldwell, Comal, El Paso, Gregg, Hardin, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Jefferson, McLennan, Nueces, Orange, Rusk, San Patricio, Smith, Travis, Upshur, Victoria, Williamson, and Wilson. Special EI reporting only applies to regulated entities that receive a written request from the TCEQ and emitted 10 or more tpy of VOC or 25 tpy or more of NOx in 2018. Facilities receiving a Special Inventory request from the TCEQ will either need to submit an EI, if meeting the emissions thresholds, or respond to the TCEQ that they did not meet the thresholds.
Need help completing your EI? Contact the Austin office by calling (512) 349-5800, or the Trinity Office nearest you by calling (800) 229-6655.