NSPS OOOO/OOOOa (Quad-O/Oa) Status

This page provides updates to industry and interested parties on the Department's adoption of 40 CFR 60, Subpart OOOO and Subpart OOOOa as required by House Bill 1024 (HB1024 from the 66th Assembly).

Questions about well inspections may be addressed to Adam Rookey at 701-328-5195 or email Adam Rookey (ARookey@nd.gov).
Questions about well registration may be addressed to Nicole Rivinius at 701-328-5201 or email Nicole Rivinius (NRivinius@nd.gov).
Questions about NSPS OOOO/OOOOa reporting may be addressed to Adam Miller at 701-328-5266 or email Adam Miller (Adam.Miller@nd.gov).


NSPS OOOO—Standards of Performance for Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production, Transmission and Distribution for which Construction, Modification or Reconstruction Commenced After August 23, 2011, and on or before September 18, 2015 [40 CFR 60, Subpart OOOO] is a new source performance standard that effects new, modified, or reconstructed hydraulically fractured natural gas wells, crude oil storage tanks, pneumatic pumps, and centrifugal and reciprocating compressors. NSPS OOOO (Quad-O) establishes emission standards and compliance schedules for the control of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can contribute to ambient ozone (O3) concentrations, and sulfur dioxide (SO2).

NSPS OOOOa—Standards of Performance for Crude Oil and Natural Gas Facilities for which Construction, Modification or Reconstruction Commenced After September 18, 2015 [40 CFR 60, Subpart OOOOa] is a new source performance standard that effects new, modified, or reconstructed facilities and sources in the crude oil and natural gas source category. NSPS OOOOa (Quad-Oa) establishes emission standards and compliance schedules for the control of greenhouse gases (GHG), specifically methane. Quad-Oa also effects new, modified, or reconstructed hydraulically fractured natural gas wells, hydraulically fractured oil wells, crude oil storage tanks, pneumatic pumps, and centrifugal and reciprocating compressors and establishes emission standards and compliance schedules for the control of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can contribute to ambient ozone (O3) concentrations, and sulfur dioxide (SO2) that occur after September 18, 2015.

EPA—Controlling Air Pollution from the Oil and Natural Gas Industry

For the Department to adopt NSPS OOOO and NSPS OOOOa into NDAC 33.1-15-12 the Department must follow N.D.C.C. 28-32 – Administrative Agencies Practice Act including:

    Crossed off items have been completed.
  1. Review by the Environmental Review Advisory Council (ERAC) Board
  2. File the rule with the Legislative Council
  3. Public Comment Period and Hearing
  4. Considerations of comments received during public comment period and hearing
  5. Approval by the State Attorney General per N.D.C.C. 38-32-14
  6. Review by the Administrative Rules Committee per N.D.C.C. 38-32-2(1) Agency Rules Information Events Calender
  7. Review by the Administrative Rules Committee per N.D.C.C. 38-32-2(1) Agency Rules Information Events Calender
  8. Rules take affect July 1, 2020. Send all required reports and documentation to the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality

The Department is working on the development and deployment of a new electronic regulatory software system to allow for electronic permitting, fee payment, and compliance reporting. This system will be called the Combined Environmental Regulatory Information System – North Dakota (CERIS-ND). Unfortunately, this system will not be in place on July 1, 2020 when the Department takes primacy of Quad-O/Oa; but will be in place 4th quarter of 2020.

For the interim, the Department will accept electronic reporting through the our FTP file server. This FTP system will require the Department to send the submitter an invitation to upload file. To request an invitation to submit via FTP, please email Adam Miller (Adam.Miller@nd.gov) Subject: Quad-O/Oa FTP. Include in the body of the email: Company, Facility, Report Type, Report Period.

Submitting:
  • Do not email QUAD-O/Oa compliance reports or notifications to the Department or Department Staff — emailed Quad-O/Oa reports WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. If you have submitted Quad-O/Oa reports along with another LDAR reporting requirement in the past, such as NSPS KKK, submit both LDAR reports electronically using the FTP server.

  • Do not include subject sources from other states or those located on Tribal Lands. Reports that contain additional subject sources not under the Department's jurisdiction will not be accepted.

The reason for the FTP server is to insure that files do not get removed by the email server and allow the Department to migrate the Quad-O/Oa data into the new CERIS-ND system, where they can be accessed by the regulated community in their dashboard.



Last Updated: 07/02/2020