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40 CFR Parts 60 and 63
Oil and Natural Gas Sector: New Source Performance Standards and
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants Reviews; Final

40 CFR Parts 60 and 63
[EPA–HQ–OAR–2010–0505; FRL–9665–1]
RIN 2060–AP76
Oil and Natural Gas Sector: New
Source Performance Standards and
National Emission Standards for
Hazardous Air Pollutants Reviews
AGENCY: Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: This action finalizes the
review of new source performance
standards for the listed oil and natural
gas source category.

Standards for Affected Facilities
Located at Onshore Natural Gas
Processing Plants
For onshore natural gas processing
plants, we are revising the existing
NSPS requirements for LDAR to reflect
the procedures and leak thresholds
established by 40 CFR part 60, subpart
VVa. Subpart VVa lowers the leak
definition for valves from 10,000 ppm to
500 ppm, and requires the monitoring of
connectors. Pumps, pressure relief
devices and open-ended valves or lines
are also monitored.

On November 30, 2010 EPA promulgated Subpart W: Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems of the Greenhouse Gas Reporting Rule. As part of the provisions outlined in this rule, the EPA stated that the Agency would allow certain owners or operators to use best available monitoring methods (BAMM) in lieu of specified parameters outlined for calculating greenhouse gas emissions for the petroleum and natural gas systems source category of the greenhouse gas reporting rule. EPA is giving notice that the Agency has initiated the reconsideration process in response to requests for reconsideration of certain provisions in the regulations. First, EPA has been asked to reconsider the requirement to submit requests to use best available monitoring methods during the 2011 calendar year by April 30, 2011 and pursuant to its authority under CAA section 307(d)(7)(B) consequently is extending the deadline contained in those provisions until July 31, 2011. Second, EPA has also been asked to reconsider the time period during which owners and operators of certain specific sources could automatically use BAMM without having to request approval by the Administrator. As a result of this second request, pursuant to its authority under CAA section 307(d)(7)(B) EPA is also extending the date by which owners and operators of certain specific sources would not be required to request approval by the Administrator for the use of BAMM from June 30, 2011 until September 30, 2011.

This Federal Register notice is available in the docket for the final rule titled “Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases: Petroleum and Natural Gas Systems,” published on November 30, 2010 at 98 FR 74458, under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0923.Show citation box
All documents in the docket are listed on the Web site. Although listed in the index, some information may not be publicly available, i.e., Confidential Business Information or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically through or in hard copy at the EPA's Docket Center, Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2009-0923, Public Reading Room, EPA West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue, Northwest, Washington, DC 20004. This Docket Facility is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the Air Docket Center is (202) 566-1741.Show citation box
In addition to being available in the docket, an electronic copy of this Federal Register notice is also available on the World Wide Web at

"We believe in the creation of the highest quality Certified Emission Reductions"

The central feature of the Kyoto Protocol (66 kB) is its requirement that countries limit or reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. By setting such targets, emission reductions took on economic value. To help countries meet their emission targets, and to encourage the private sector and developing countries to contribute to emission reduction efforts, negotiators of the Protocol included three market-based mechanisms - Emissions Trading, the Clean Development Mechanism and Joint Implementation.

 The function of methodologies is easy to grasp, but the methodologies themselves can be quite complex. They are necessarily diverse in their composition and application in order to accommodate the wide range of activities and locales covered by the CDM. Hence the CDM Methodology Booklet, designed to guide users through the complex world of CDM methodologies. By clearly summarizing, classifying and illustrating the methodologies available under the CDM, and then enhancing the means by which to search those methodologies, this publication serves to guide potential CDM project participants.

JOINT IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES The Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee (JISC) adopted at its eighteenth meeting in October 2009, a procedure for joint implementation programmes of activities (JI PoA) under JI Track 2. JI PoAs can be submitted under this procedure as of 1 December, 2009. The JI PoA procedure provides a framework for implementing JI projects that can be replicated, and is aimed at achieving economies of scale for project participants. A JI PoA is defined as a coordinated action by a legal or governmental entity that implements a policy or stated goal and is comprised of one or more interrelated types of JI programme activities (JPAs). A JPA is a project undertaken under a JI PoA that results in a reduction of anthropogenic emissions by sources or enhancement of anthropogenic removals by sinks that are additional to any that would otherwise occur. A type of JPA is defined by the technologies and/or measures to be used and includes a selection and a justification of the baseline setting and monitoring plan chosen for each technology and/or measure. Detailed information regarding the JI PoA is available in Procedures for programmes of activities under the verification procedure under the Joint Implementation Supervisory Committee(179 KB). The following documents related to the development and submission of a JI PoA are available:
For more information on JI PoAs, please follow the link JI Project statuses


New Federal Regulations and Department of Transportation Statistics show the financial incentive to auditing your pipeline.

Performance Measure Reports and Quick Facts Protecting America’s High Consequence Areas (HCAs) Gas transmission pipeline operators are required to submit semi-annual performance measure reports on their Integrity Management programs, and annual reports on their pipeline infrastructure. PHMSA uses these reports – due at the end of February/August and March 15 respectively – to monitor industry progress in complying with requirements of the Gas IM Rule, to prioritize regulatory inspections, and to respond to inquiries about PHMSA’s oversight program.
These performance measure reports provide information pertaining to operators’ Integrity Management Programs, including the amounts of miles inspected and assessed, the operator’s repair activities addressing time-sensitive conditions, and the numbers and types of incidents, leaks, and failures occurring in HCA segments of their pipelines.
After performing quality checks, PHMSA posts these reports for the public, and you can view them here. Accessing these reports provides you with information that is aggregated across the entire industry, as well as information that is specific to individual operators.
For a basic overview of industry-wide progress being made under the Gas IM Rule, please refer to the Quick Facts below.

U.S. Department of Transportation
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials
Safety Administration
Link to their site.
Under " Latest Rulemakings " at the bottom of the page, you will find this link to the new 31 Page Regulations added January 1, 2011

PHMSA-2008-0291; Pipeline Safety: Updates to Pipeline and Liquefied Natural Gas Reporting Requirements

This final rule revises the
Pipeline Safety Regulations to improve
the reliability and utility of data
collections from operators of natural gas
pipelines, hazardous liquid pipelines,
and liquefied natural gas (LNG)

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