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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) held its annual Emissions Inventory (EI) Workshop on January 24, 2018. The following is a summary of updates for the 2017 reporting cycle.

  • Deadline
    • As March 31, 2018, falls on a Saturday, the due date for the 2017 EI cycle is April 2, 2018.
  • Hurricane Harvey Emissions Events
    • Suspensions apply only for the 24-hr reporting requirements.
    • Emissions still need to be reported in the EIs, and fees need to be paid for those emissions.
  • Special Emissions Inventory - Ozone Precursors
    • There is a special emissions inventory for ozone precursors being collected for the 2017 reporting year.
    • Regulated entities that emitted at least 10 tons per year (tpy) of volatile organic compounds or 25 tpy of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and are located in one of the counties below must submit an EI this year:
      • Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Caldwell, Comal, El Paso, Gregg, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hood, Jefferson, McLennan, Nueces, Orange, Rusk, San Patricio, Smith, Travis, Upshur, Victoria, Williamson, and Wilson.
  • New Marine Terminal Requirements
    • 100% control efficiency can be claimed only for inland marine vessels loading, based on revisions to Appendix A, Technical Supplement 5: Marine Terminals.
  • E&P Tanks
    • The "low pressure gas" option can be used to determine emissions if the following site-specific measurements and related data are available:
      • Lab analyses; and
        • Gas sample from the low pressure separator;
        • Gas/oil ratio (GOR);
        • Hydrocarbon liquid produced.
      • Tank specifications and geographical location.
    • Once a site has filed for Emission Reduction Credits (ERCs) or Discrete Emission Reduction Credits (DERCs), an EBT-CERT may need to be signed and certified in STEERS.
    • Non-compliance with the conditions of the EBT-CERT could result in the site's credits being revoked or other punitive actions.

The TCEQ 2017 EI presentation can be accessed here.

Please contact Elizabeth McGurk at (512) 349-5800 X-1005 if you require assistance with your 2017 Tier II reporting or if you have any other questions.