Controlling VOC Emissions from Water Separation
Rules in Title 30, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 115 for controlling emissions of volatile organic compounds from water separators. 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
Description of Rules
- Limit VOC emissions from a water separator that receives materials from any equipment that processes, refines, treats, stores, or handles VOCs.
- Include testing and monitoring requirements.
The Chapter 115 rule history for water separation gives information on revisions to the rules, including their proposal and adoption, the associated State Implementation Plan revision, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval.
- The Decision Support System can help you determine if you are subject to the Chapter 115 water-separation rules
- 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
- State plan to meet the national ozone standard
- Air permitting and registration
- Tax relief for pollution-control property
- Point source emissions inventory
- These rules are based on control recommendations provided in EPA guidance documents