The final Air Quality Advisory Council (AQAC) meeting of 2018 had a full agenda. The first two rulemaking items, involving changes to VOC regulations in multiple areas of the Oklahoma Administrative Code, i.e., OAC 252:100-37 and 39, will be further discussed and voted on at a subsequent meeting. The other three rulemaking items, which involved revisions to cutback asphalt regulations (OAC 252:100-39-40), test methods for VOC leak inspections (OAC 252:100-39-41), and the standard incorporation by reference of the federal CAA regulations (OAC 252:100-2, Appendix Q), were all passed as proposed by the DEQ. The AQAC meeting schedule for 2019 was also set as follows: January 16, 2019 in Oklahoma City; June 19, 2019 in Tulsa; and October 16, 2019 in Oklahoma City.
In the Air Division Director's Report following the AQAC meeting, the DEQ stated that ozone concentrations in Oklahoma in 2018 were generally much worse than recent years. Of particular concern are the Oklahoma City/Yukon site and the Seiling site, and the DEQ plans to investigate the reason(s) for the high readings in 2018. The DEQ mentioned other efforts, such as the Ozone Advance Program, that may be emphasized as they try to keep Oklahoma from a nonattainment designation.
Lastly, an update was given regarding the transition from Redbud to SLEIS for EI reporting. It is not happening as quickly as the DEQ had hoped, and it appears that RY2018 reporting will again be completed using the Redbud system. Moreover, the DEQ stated that due to resource limitations, direct reporting (i.e., the submission of electronic data tables in lieu of data entry in Redbud) will not be allowed for RY2018 reporting, but that reporting deadline extensions would be granted liberally.