§ 60.5420 What are my notification, reporting, and recordkeeping requirements?  


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  • (a) You must submit the notifications according to paragraphs (a)(1) and (2) of this section if you own or operate one or more of the affected facilities specified in §60.5365 that was constructed, modified, or reconstructed during the reporting period.

    (1) If you own or operate a gas well, pneumatic controller, centrifugal compressor, reciprocating compressor or storage vessel affected facility you are not required to submit the notifications required in §60.7(a)(1), (3), and (4).

    (2)(i) If you own or operate a gas well affected facility, you must submit a notification to the Administrator no later than 2 days prior to the commencement of each well completion operation listing the anticipated date of the well completion operation. The notification shall include contact information for the owner or operator; the API well number, the latitude and longitude coordinates for each well in decimal degrees to an accuracy and precision of five (5) decimals of a degree using the North American Datum of 1983; and the planned date of the beginning of flowback. You may submit the notification in writing or in electronic format.

    (ii) If you are subject to state regulations that require advance notification of well completions and you have met those notification requirements, then you are considered to have met the advance notification requirements of paragraph (a)(2)(i) of this section.

    (b) Reporting requirements. You must submit annual reports containing the information specified in paragraphs (b)(1) through (6) of this section to the Administrator and performance test reports as specified in paragraph (b)(7) or (8) of this section. The initial annual report is due no later than 90 days after the end of the initial compliance period as determined according to §60.5410. Subsequent annual reports are due no later than same date each year as the initial annual report. If you own or operate more than one affected facility, you may submit one report for multiple affected facilities provided the report contains all of the information required as specified in paragraphs (b)(1) through (6) of this section. Annual reports may coincide with title V reports as long as all the required elements of the annual report are included. You may arrange with the Administrator a common schedule on which reports required by this part may be submitted as long as the schedule does not extend the reporting period.

    (1) The general information specified in paragraphs (b)(1)(i) through (iv) of this section.

    (i) The company name and address of the affected facility.

    (ii) An identification of each affected facility being included in the annual report.

    (iii) Beginning and ending dates of the reporting period.

    (iv) A certification by a certifying official of truth, accuracy, and completeness. This certification shall state that, based on information and belief formed after reasonable inquiry, the statements and information in the document are true, accurate, and complete.

    (2) For each gas well affected facility, the information in paragraphs (b)(2)(i) through (ii) of this section.

    (i) Records of each well completion operation as specified in paragraph (c)(1)(i) through (iv) of this section for each gas well affected facility conducted during the reporting period. In lieu of submitting the records specified in paragraph (c)(1)(i) through (iv), the owner or operator may submit a list of the well completions with hydraulic fracturing completed during the reporting period and the records required by paragraph (c)(1)(v) of this section for each well completion.

    (ii) Records of deviations specified in paragraph (c)(1)(ii) of this section that occurred during the reporting period.

    (3) For each centrifugal compressor affected facility, the information specified in paragraphs (b)(3)(i) and (ii) of this section.

    (i) An identification of each centrifugal compressor using a wet seal system constructed, modified or reconstructed during the reporting period.

    (ii) Records of deviations specified in paragraph (c)(2) of this section that occurred during the reporting period.

    (iii) If required to comply with §60.5380(a)(1), the records specified in paragraphs (c)(6) through (11) of this section.

    (4) For each reciprocating compressor affected facility, the information specified in paragraphs (b)(4)(i) through (ii) of this section.

    (i) The cumulative number of hours of operation or the number of months since initial startup, since October 15, 2012, or since the previous reciprocating compressor rod packing replacement, whichever is later.

    (ii) Records of deviations specified in paragraph (c)(3)(iii) of this section that occurred during the reporting period.

    (5) For each pneumatic controller affected facility, the information specified in paragraphs (b)(5)(i) through (iii) of this section.

    (i) An identification of each pneumatic controller constructed, modified or reconstructed during the reporting period, including the identification information specified in §60.5390(b)(2) or (c)(2).

    (ii) If applicable, documentation that the use of pneumatic controller affected facilities with a natural gas bleed rate greater than 6 standard cubic feet per hour are required and the reasons why.

    (iii) Records of deviations specified in paragraph (c)(4)(v) of this section that occurred during the reporting period.

    (6) For each storage vessel affected facility, the information in paragraphs (b)(6)(i) through (vii) of this section.

    (i) An identification, including the location, of each storage vessel affected facility for which construction, modification or reconstruction commenced during the reporting period. The location of the storage vessel shall be in latitude and longitude coordinates in decimal degrees to an accuracy and precision of five (5) decimals of a degree using the North American Datum of 1983.

    (ii) Documentation of the VOC emission rate determination according to §60.5365(e) for each storage vessel that became an affected facility during the reporting period or is returned to service during the reporting period.

    (iii) Records of deviations specified in paragraph (c)(5)(iii) of this section that occurred during the reporting period.

    (iv) You must submit a notification identifying each Group 1 storage vessel affected facility in your initial annual report. You must include the location of the storage vessel, in latitude and longitude coordinates in decimal degrees to an accuracy and precision of five (5) decimals of a degree using the North American Datum of 1983.

    (v) A statement that you have met the requirements specified in §60.5410(h)(2) and (3).

    (vi) You must identify each storage vessel affected facility that is removed from service during the reporting period as specified in §60.5395(f)(1)(ii), including the date the storage vessel affected facility was removed from service.

    (vii) You must identify each storage vessel affected facility returned to service during the reporting period as specified in §60.5395(f)(3), including the date the storage vessel affected facility was returned to service.

    (7)(i) Within 60 days after the date of completing each performance test (see §60.8 of this part) as required by this subpart, except testing conducted by the manufacturer as specified in §60.5413(d), you must submit the results of the performance tests required by this subpart to the EPA as follows. You must use the latest version of the EPA's Electronic Reporting Tool (ERT) (see http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/ert/index.html) existing at the time of the performance test to generate a submission package file, which documents the performance test. You must then submit the file generated by the ERT through the EPA's Compliance and Emissions Data Reporting Interface (CEDRI), which can be accessed by logging in to the EPA's Central Data Exchange (CDX) (https://cdx.epa.gov/). Only data collected using test methods supported by the ERT as listed on the ERT Web site are subject to this requirement for submitting reports electronically. Owners or operators who claim that some of the information being submitted for performance tests is confidential business information (CBI) must submit a complete ERT file including information claimed to be CBI on a compact disk or other commonly used electronic storage media (including, but not limited to, flash drives) to EPA. The electronic media must be clearly marked as CBI and mailed to U.S. EPA/OAPQS/CORE CBI Office, Attention: WebFIRE Administrator, MD C404-02, 4930 Old Page Rd., Durham, NC 27703. The same ERT file with the CBI omitted must be submitted to EPA via CDX as described earlier in this paragraph. At the discretion of the delegated authority, you must also submit these reports, including the confidential business information, to the delegated authority in the format specified by the delegated authority. For any performance test conducted using test methods that are not listed on the ERT Web site, the owner or operator shall submit the results of the performance test to the Administrator at the appropriate address listed in §60.4.

    (ii) All reports, except as specified in paragraph (b)(8) of this section, required by this subpart not subject to the requirements in paragraph (a)(2)(i) of this section must be sent to the Administrator at the appropriate address listed in §60.4 of this part. The Administrator or the delegated authority may request a report in any form suitable for the specific case (e.g., by commonly used electronic media such as Excel spreadsheet, on CD or hard copy).

    (8) For enclosed combustors tested by the manufacturer in accordance with §60.5413(d), an electronic copy of the performance test results required by §60.5413(d) shall be submitted via email to Oil_and_Gas_PT@EPA.GOV unless the test results for that model of combustion control device are posted at the following Web site: epa.gov/airquality/oilandgas/.

    (c) Recordkeeping requirements. You must maintain the records identified as specified in §60.7(f) and in paragraphs (c)(1) through (14) of this section. All records required by this subpart must be maintained either onsite or at the nearest local field office for at least 5 years.

    (1) The records for each gas well affected facility as specified in paragraphs (c)(1)(i) through (v) of this section.

    (i) Records identifying each well completion operation for each gas well affected facility;

    (ii) Records of deviations in cases where well completion operations with hydraulic fracturing were not performed in compliance with the requirements specified in §60.5375.

    (iii) Records required in §60.5375(b) or (f) for each well completion operation conducted for each gas well affected facility that occurred during the reporting period. You must maintain the records specified in paragraphs (c)(1)(iii)(A) and (B) of this section.

    (A) For each gas well affected facility required to comply with the requirements of §60.5375(a), you must record: The location of the well; the API well number; the date and time of the onset of flowback following hydraulic fracturing or refracturing; the date and time of each attempt to direct flowback to a separator as required in §60.5375(a)(1)(i); the date and time of each occurrence of returning to the initial flowback stage under §60.5375(a)(1)(i); and the date and time that the well was shut in and the flowback equipment was permanently disconnected, or the startup of production; the duration of flowback; duration of recovery to the flow line; duration of combustion; duration of venting; and specific reasons for venting in lieu of capture or combustion. The duration must be specified in hours of time.

    (B) For each gas well affected facility required to comply with the requirements of §60.5375(f), you must maintain the records specified in paragraph (c)(1)(iii)(A) of this section except that you do not have to record the duration of recovery to the flow line.

    (iv) For each gas well facility for which you claim an exception under §60.5375(a)(3), you must record: The location of the well; the API well number; the specific exception claimed; the starting date and ending date for the period the well operated under the exception; and an explanation of why the well meets the claimed exception.

    (v) For each gas well affected facility required to comply with both §60.5375(a)(1) and (3), if you are using a digital photograph in lieu of the records required in paragraphs (c)(1)(i) through (iv) of this section, you must retain the records of the digital photograph as specified in §60.5410(a)(4).

    (2) For each centrifugal compressor affected facility, you must maintain records of deviations in cases where the centrifugal compressor was not operated in compliance with the requirements specified in §60.5380.

    (3) For each reciprocating compressors affected facility, you must maintain the records in paragraphs (c)(3)(i) through (iii) of this section.

    (i) Records of the cumulative number of hours of operation or number of months since initial startup or October 15, 2012, or the previous replacement of the reciprocating compressor rod packing, whichever is later.

    (ii) Records of the date and time of each reciprocating compressor rod packing replacement, or date of installation of a rod packing emissions collection system and closed vent system as specified in §60.5385(a)(3).

    (iii) Records of deviations in cases where the reciprocating compressor was not operated in compliance with the requirements specified in §60.5385.

    (4) For each pneumatic controller affected facility, you must maintain the records identified in paragraphs (c)(4)(i) through (v) of this section.

    (i) Records of the date, location and manufacturer specifications for each pneumatic controller constructed, modified or reconstructed.

    (ii) Records of the demonstration that the use of pneumatic controller affected facilities with a natural gas bleed rate greater than the applicable standard are required and the reasons why.

    (iii) If the pneumatic controller is not located at a natural gas processing plant, records of the manufacturer's specifications indicating that the controller is designed such that natural gas bleed rate is less than or equal to 6 standard cubic feet per hour.

    (iv) If the pneumatic controller is located at a natural gas processing plant, records of the documentation that the natural gas bleed rate is zero.

    (v) Records of deviations in cases where the pneumatic controller was not operated in compliance with the requirements specified in §60.5390.

    (5) Except as specified in paragraph (c)(5)(v) of this section, for each storage vessel affected facility, you must maintain the records identified in paragraphs (c)(5)(i) through (iv) of this section.

    (i) If required to reduce emissions by complying with §60.5395(d)(1), the records specified in §§60.5420(c)(6) through (8), 60.5416(c)(6)(ii), and 60.6516(c)(7)(ii) of this subpart.

    (ii) Records of each VOC emissions determination for each storage vessel affected facility made under §60.5365(e) including identification of the model or calculation methodology used to calculate the VOC emission rate.

    (iii) Records of deviations in cases where the storage vessel was not operated in compliance with the requirements specified in §§60.5395, 60.5411, 60.5412, and 60.5413, as applicable.

    (iv) For storage vessels that are skid-mounted or permanently attached to something that is mobile (such as trucks, railcars, barges or ships), records indicating the number of consecutive days that the vessel is located at a site in the oil and natural gas production segment, natural gas processing segment or natural gas transmission and storage segment. If a storage vessel is removed from a site and, within 30 days, is either returned to or replaced by another storage vessel at the site to serve the same or similar function, then the entire period since the original storage vessel was first located at the site, including the days when the storage vessel was removed, will be added to the count towards the number of consecutive days.

    (v) You must maintain records of the identification and location of each storage vessel affected facility.

    (6) Records of each closed vent system inspection required under §60.5416(a)(1) and (2) for centrifugal or reciprocating compressors or §60.5416(c)(1) for storage vessels.

    (7) A record of each cover inspection required under §60.5416(a)(3) for centrifugal or reciprocating compressors or §60.5416(c)(2) for storage vessels.

    (8) If you are subject to the bypass requirements of §60.5416(a)(4) for centrifugal or reciprocating compressors or §60.5416(c)(3) for storage vessels, a record of each inspection or a record each time the key is checked out or a record of each time the alarm is sounded.

    (9) If you are subject to the closed vent system no detectable emissions requirements of §60.5416(b) for centrifugal or reciprocating compressors, a record of the monitoring conducted in accordance with §60.5416(b).

    (10) For each centrifugal compressor affected facility, records of the schedule for carbon replacement (as determined by the design analysis requirements of §60.5413(c)(2) or (3)) and records of each carbon replacement as specified in §60.5412(c)(1).

    (11) For each centrifugal compressor subject to the control device requirements of §60.5412(a), (b), and (c), records of minimum and maximum operating parameter values, continuous parameter monitoring system data, calculated averages of continuous parameter monitoring system data, results of all compliance calculations, and results of all inspections.

    (12) For each carbon adsorber installed on storage vessel affected facilities, records of the schedule for carbon replacement (as determined by the design analysis requirements of §60.5412(d)(2)) and records of each carbon replacement as specified in §60.5412(c)(1).

    (13) For each storage vessel affected facility subject to the control device requirements of §60.5412(c) and (d), you must maintain records of the inspections, including any corrective actions taken, the manufacturers' operating instructions, procedures and maintenance schedule as specified in §60.5417(h). You must maintain records of EPA Method 22, 40 CFR part 60, appendix A, section 11 results, which include: company, location, company representative (name of the person performing the observation), sky conditions, process unit (type of control device), clock start time, observation period duration (in minutes and seconds), accumulated emission time (in minutes and seconds), and clock end time. You may create your own form including the above information or use Figure 22-1 in EPA Method 22, 40 CFR part 60, appendix A. Manufacturer's operating instructions, procedures and maintenance schedule must be available for inspection.

    (14) A log of records as specified in §§60.5412(d)(1)(iii) and 60.5413(e)(4) for all inspection, repair and maintenance activities for each control device failing the visible emissions test.

    [77 FR 49542, Aug. 16, 2012, as amended at 78 FR 58445, Sept. 23, 2013; 79 FR 79039, Dec. 31, 2014; 81 FR 35897, June 3, 2016]

[77 FR 49542, Aug. 16, 2012, as amended at 78 FR 58445, Sept. 23, 2013; 79 FR 79039, Dec. 31, 2014; 81 FR 35897, June 3, 2016