The Council is inviting proposals to evaluate the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule that amended the 2004 National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Organic Liquids Distribution.
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company has objected to the rule, arguing provisions of the rules would adversely affect the operation and maintenance of their facility and would not significantly improve local air quality.
This work includes:
- A review of the 2020 rule and survey of research related to the topic
- Evaluate the strengths of APSC’s concerns and summarize findings
- Prepare a written final report
- Identify gaps in the research on this topic and provide recommendations for future research
The final work product of this effort is a written report and virtual presentation to the Council’s Board of Directors on the results.
Submittal Deadline: May 14, 2021
Award Announcement: May 21, 2021
For more information about this RFP, including background information, a detailed scope of work and timeline, and instructions on how to submit your proposal, please download the full RFP:
RFP: Review Of EPA Air Quality Rule (0.3 MB)
Inquiries regarding this request for proposals should be directed via email to Alan Sorum.
The Council received several questions about this RFP. Clarifications are below:
Question: Will the following documents or information be available for the contractor to review during the project?
- Document: Valdez Marine Terminal’s (VMT) latest Title V permit and its associated permit application – Answer: The VMT’s latest Title V permit and associated application will be available for this project. The latest Title V permit was issued in 2012, while the latest Title V permit application was submitted in 2016, as part of the renewal of the 2012 permit. Both documents will be added to this webpage for review. That webpage is referenced on page 6 of the request for proposals.
- Document: Operating data the VMT may have provided as inputs for the latest (if any) air dispersion modeling (whether done by VMT or others) – Answer: The Council is not in possession or aware of operating data Alyeska may have provided for recent air dispersion modeling.
- Document: Speciation of the North Slope crude oil typically received (e.g., C1 to C10 straight-chain alkanes and HAPs as defined by MACT standards) – Answer: The Council has a detailed report regarding the physical and chemical properties of a 2015 Alaska North Slope crude oil sample obtained from the VMT. That report includes the straight-chain alkanes as well as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons contained in that 2015 oil sample – among other physical (e.g. density, API gravity, viscosity) and chemical information (e.g. biomarkers, sulfur content) contained in the report. A more recent report pertaining to a 2019 Alaska North Slope crude oil sample may be available, but that will need to be obtained from oil industry partners and should be obtainable in a timely manner.
- Document: Latest TRI reporting of point and area air emissions for HAPS (since the state emissions inventory does not speciate VOC) – ideally in the form of the facilities calculation workbook – Answer: The Council is not in possession or aware of this information. It would likely need to be requested from Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.
- Document: Methodology by which the emissions from the conservation vents to the atmosphere have been estimated by VMT (or its contractors) – Answer: The conservation vent emissions methodology may be contained in the Valdez Marine Terminal’s latest Title V permit application or in past air quality exceedance reports that Alyeska Pipeline Service Company provided to the Alaska Division of Environmental Conservation. The Council has the latest Title V application and at least some of the past air quality exceedance reports. If the Council is not in possession of this information, it should be attainable from Alyeska Pipeline Service Company or the Alaska Division of Environmental Conservation.
Question: Will it be possible for our team to contact VMT staff directly to gather information (or do so through your organization), during the project, or must our work be done using only currently disclosed information? – Answer: Yes, it will be possible to contact VMT staff, through the Council, during the project. However, depending on the request, obtaining information from Alyeska Pipeline Service Company can be a slow process. Therefore, to the greatest extent reasonable, to meet the goals of this project in a timely manner, we would like it to proceed with the currently available information.