State of California AIR RESOURCES BOARD Biltmore Hotel Galeria Room 515 South Olive Los Angeles, CA November 22, 1977 10:00 a.m. AGENDA Page 77-25-1 Public Hearing to Consider Proposed Revisions to the 1 Air Resources Board's Suggested Vapor Recovery Rules. 77-25-2 Public Hearing to Consider Proposed Additions to the 49 Rules and Regulations of the South Coast Air Quality Management District for Controlling Emissions of Sulfur Oxides from Petroleum Coke Calcining Facilities. 77-25-3 Other Business - a. Executive Session - Personnel and Litigation b. Research Proposals ITEM NO.: 77-25-1 Hearing to Consider Proposed Revisions to the Air Resources Board Suggested Vapor Recovery Rules. RECOMMENDATION Adopt Resolution 77-56 which revises the Air Resources Board's Suggested Vapor Recovery Rules as shown in Exhibit I to this report. SUMMARY Since the Air Resources Board (ARB) approved its "Suggested Vapor Recovery Rules" dated April 1975, there have been substantial advances in vapor recovery technology. Recent data indicate that more effective vapor recovery rules are appropriate given the facts that California needs all the hydrocarbon control possible to achieve and maintain ambient air quality standards and that vapor recovery is one of the most cost effective hydrocarbon control strategies available. Among the proposed revisions to the model vapor recovery rules is an increase in the vapor collection efficiency from 90 percent to 95 percent for terminals, certain bulk plants and the fueling of passenger cars at most gasoline stations. Section 41954 of the Health and Safety Code requires that, on or after July 1, 1976, all gasoline stations without vapor recovery may only install an ARB certified vapor recovery system. The South Coast Air Quality Management District Regulations require that service stations in the District must have ARB certified systems installed and operating within six months of the time when certified systems are available. The first system capable of meeting all requirements of the ARB was certified on July 2, 1977. The staff's understanding of the intent of the State Implementation Plan is that certified systems are to be installed 12 months after they are available. The potential suppliers of certifiable systems have indicated to the staff that they cannot make a sufficient number of systems available in time for statewide compliance to be achieved in the next 12 months. A compliance schedule is suggested for adoption by the Board which requires the installation of vapor recovery systems on facilities with the highest volume throughput first. A schedule is also proposed for the upgrading of vapor recovery systems which were installed prior to the Legislative prohibition on the use of systems not certified by ARB. This schedule for system upgrading will eliminate the serious efficiency and safety problems which plague the systems which are in wide spread use in the Bay Area. Implementation of the schedule proposed by the staff would cause a reduction in hydrocarbon emissions from vehicle fueling operations of 56 tons per day in the South Coast Basin by 1981. ITEM NO.: 77-25-2 Public Hearing to Consider Proposed Additions to the Rules and Regulations of the South Coast Air Quality Management District for Controlling Emissions of Sulfur Oxides from Petroleum Coke Calcining Facilities. RECOMMENDATION Adopt Resolution No. 77-55, thereby adding Rule No. 1119 "Emissions from Petroleum Coke Calcining Facilities" to Regulation IV of the Rules and Regulations of the South Coast Air Quality Management District as shown in Exhibit A. SUMMARY Sulfur dioxide and sulfur trioxide, emitted in the operation of petroleum coke calcining in the South Cost Air Shed, are converted in the atmosphere to sulfate particles and contribute to violations of state ambient air quality standards. These sulfur compounds also contribute substantial to the suspended particulate matter burden of the atmosphere, and they are a significant contributor to visibility reduction in the South Coast Air Shed. Current petroleum coke calcining operations in the Air Shed are estimated to result in sulfur oxides emissions of about 20 tons per day. The source of these emissions is the combustion of sulfur contained in petroleum coke in concentrations of about one to two percent by weight. To reduce these emissions, the staff is proposing a process weight rule to limit the emissions of sulfur oxides from petroleum coke calcining facilities to 750 grams of sulfur oxides (expressed as sulfur dioxide) per metric ton of coke charged (1.5 pounds per short ton). This limit corresponds to a sulfur oxides reduction from uncontrolled emissions of about 90 percent. Flue gas desulfurization will probably be required to achieve the necessary reductions. In addition, the rule establishes a procedure for assuring final compliance by January 1, 1981.