Controlling VOC Emissions from Storage Tanks
Rules in Title 30, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 115 for controlling emissions of volatile organic compounds from storage tanks. These rules are part of the State Implementation Plan strategy to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone.
- Austin–Round Rock area (rules apply in Travis County)
- Beaumont–Port Arthur area (Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange counties)
- Corpus Christi area (Nueces and San Patricio counties)
- Dallas–Fort Worth area (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, and Tarrant counties)
- El Paso area (El Paso County)
- Houston-Galveston-Brazoria area (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller Counties)
- Northeast Texas area (rules apply in Gregg County)
- San Antonio area (rules apply in Bexar County)
- Victoria area (Victoria County)
- Aransas, Calhoun, and Matagorda counties
- Requires control of VOC emissions from storage tanks based on the size of the tank and the vapor pressure of the VOC liquids stored.
- Specific requirements for tank fittings and seals.
- Requires control of VOC flash emissions from fixed-roof storage tanks.
- Limits the landing of floating-roof storage tanks.
- Includes testing, inspection, and monitoring requirements.
The Chapter 115 rule history for storage tanks discusses revisions to the rules, including their proposal and adoption, the associated State Implementation Plan revision, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approvals.
- Compliance resources for oil and gas facilities
- Resources for small businesses and local governments
- American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standards
- EPA Test Methods
- The Chapter 115 Stakeholder Group helps the agency with air quality issues, including controlling emissions from storage tanks.
- State plan to meet the national ozone standard
- Emissions banking and trading program
- Air permitting and registration
- Tax relief for pollution-control property
- Point source emissions inventory
- The following research studies were used in the development of these rules: