Benzene Waste Operations NESHAP

This 1-day course is designed for petroleum refining, chemical plant, and TSDF environmental staff and management who need an understanding of the Benzene Waste Operations NESHAP (BWON). The course covers such essential topics as rule applicability, point of generation (POG) determination, total annual benzene (TAB) calculations, 2 Mg and 6 Mg compliance options, and control requirements under the rule. The course format includes lectures and case studies (including agency applicability interpretations and enforcement cases) to maximize understanding of this challenging material. Course completion enables attendees to: 

  • Understand what waste streams to include in a facility’s TAB
  • Determine applicable control requirements for various waste management units
  • Understand BWON compliance options and “benzene quantity” (BQ) calculations
  • Apply industry best practices for a BWON compliance program


Course topics
  • Applicability of Control Standards
  • 10 Mg exemption
  • Fuel gas exemption
  • 2 Mg/yr and 6 Mg/yr benzene quantity (BQ) exemptions
  • Identifying waste streams
  • Identifying waste management units
  • Compliance Requirements
  • Control standards
  • Treatment standards
  • Compliance options
  • Monitoring
  • Recordkeeping
  • Reporting
  • Point of generation sampling
  • End of line sampling
  • Intermittent waste streams
  • BQ and TAB calculation methodology
  • Quarterly and Annual Reports
  • Compliance Pitfalls
  • Cooling towers
  • Flare knockout drums
  • Spent caustic
  • Enforcement actions
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Sep 10, 2019 -- Columbus, OH
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
May 14, 2020 -- Chicago, IL
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
What others are saying about this course
  • The course provided a good overview of the BWON program and the binder will be beneficial for future reference.
  • The instructor was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all questions we threw at him.
  • The instructor provided multiple scenarios for many of the issues which allowed students to think about their situation.
  • Instructor was excellent.

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Clean Air Act Workshop for the Petroleum Refining Industry

This 2-day course for petroleum refining environmental, engineering staff, and management addresses federal Clean Air Act requirements typically applicable to petroleum refining. The course covers emissions quantification for common refinery sources, federal PSD permitting applicability and requirements for capital projects, and an overview of applicability and requirements under the various NESHAP, MACT, and NSPS regulations for the petroleum refining industry. Case studies (including agency applicability interpretations and enforcement cases) are used to maximize understanding. Learn to:

  • Evaluate the impact on emissions from various types of projects
  • Determine MACT and NSPS requirements applicable to specific equipment
  • Consider permitting concerns triggered by capital projects
  • Understand ongoing EPA enforcement efforts and prepare for upcoming rulemaking efforts

Sep 11 - 12, 2019 -- Columbus, OH
May 12 - 13, 2020 -- Chicago, IL
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