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Controlling Fugitive VOC Emissions

Rules in Title 30, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 115 for controlling fugitive emissions of volatile organic compounds. These rules are part of the State Implementation Plan strategy to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone.

Rule Citations and Areas Affected

30 TAC Chapter 115, Subchapter D, Division 3 Exit the TCEQ

Description of Rules

  • Fugitive emissions can escape from seals around valves and moving rods, joints, and process drains. The emissions are described as fugitive because they are not captured by a vent.
  • Finding and fixing fugitive emissions is also known as leak detection and repair, or LDAR.
  • Apply to fugitive emissions from petroleum refineries in all the affected counties.
  • Apply to fugitive emissions from petrochemical processes in the Beaumont-Port Arthur, Dallas-Fort Worth, El Paso, and Houston-Galveston-Brazoria areas.
  • Include inspection, monitoring, and repair requirements using hydrocarbon analyzers or optical imaging devices.
  • Include recordkeeping requirements for affected sources.

Rule History

The Chapter 115 rule history for fugitive emissions discusses revisions to the rules, including their proposal and adoption, the associated State Implementation Plan revision, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval.

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