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Enhancing Regulatory Compliance at Terminals

Over the past decade, Trinity Consultants has performed nearly 800 environmental permitting and compliance projects for clients with terminal operations. Our industry experts have deep expertise in the environmental challenges facing these facilities and are able to provide cost-effective, timely solutions that enable them to enhance compliance and maintain operational flexibility.

Industry Resources

Trinity frequently provides training on critical air quality requirements to environmental staff at terminals facilities. We are also members of the Independent Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA), and participate in and support ILTA's annual conference sessions, training events, and semi-annual workshops.

Upcoming events and resources pertaining to the liquid terminals industry include the following:

2019 ILTA Conference - Houston, TX   (Trinity Presentations)

  • Industry Panel - Air Quality Compliance & Permitting Challenges for Liquid Terminal Facilities
  • Mobility and Connectivity for Terminal or Tank Farm Operators (Jason Schmitz)
  • Post Conference Training (Brian Burdorf): Clean Act for Liquid Terminals
Tank Emissions Software
  • With the acquisition of TGB Partnership, storage tank emissions expert Rob Ferry joined Trinity, and TankESP software and licensing is available through Trinity Consultants.

For information on any of these training events or presentations, please contact Craig Cortello at (504) 828-5845 or at

Environmental Regulatory Round-Up

Terminals operators planning plant construction or expansion, operational changes, and/or maintenance, startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM) activities must ensure completion of the proper air quality permitting activities. Determining applicability and demonstrating compliance with standards such as New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) Dc, Kb, IIII, and JJJJ and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) R, Y, EEEE, ZZZZ, DDDDD, and GGGGG is also critical, including the preparation of various notifications and emissions reports and developing and auditing operation and maintenance (O&M) plans and SSM plans.

With respect to transportation fuel compliance, facilities must ensure that appropriate fuel handling, recordkeeping, and reporting procedures are being followed by terminal staff, consistent with the requirements of 40 CFR Parts 79 and 80. Implementation of appropriate standard operating procedures and quality assurance techniques for handling transportation fuels is key to maintaining fuel integrity and meeting certain specification limits such as those that apply to distillation properties, sulfur, and benzene. Examples include proper pipeline and manifold flushing, tank cleaning, and handling of transmix.

Additional environmental requirements applicable to terminals include:

  • Proper control of fugitive emissions through implementation of Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) programs and audits
  • Calculation and reporting associated with emission events such as flaring, spills/releases, and unit trip
  • Development of proper program elements under the EPA Risk Management Program and OSHA's Process Safety Management requirements
  • Determination of complex regulatory jurisdictional requirements planning, inspection, and testing under applicable PHMSA/DOT/RRC, EPA, and U.S. Coast Guard regulations
  • MSGP stormwater permits and SWPPPs, NDPES stormwater discharge permits, hydrostatic test water discharge permits, waste generator notifications and reporting, waste contingency plans, and SPCC/FRPs

Proven Partners

Trinity Consultants has long-standing partnerships with many terminal operators to whom we provide a wide range of environmental support. Typical projects include the following:

  • Strategy development regarding new construction, operational changes, release reporting procedures,
  • Permitting assistance
    • Construction permitting for new facilities and expansions
    • Minor source applications to authorize new fugitive piping components, tanks, flares, emergency generators, diesel railcar loading
    • Title V, FESOP renewals
    • Stormwater permitting
  • Emissions calculations and reporting
    • Preparation of annual TRI, EI, GHG, Form R, and Chemical Data reports
    • Preparation of annual compliance certification, Title V monitoring reports, NESHAP semi-annual reports, and annual emission reports
    • Preparation of STAR EA demonstrations
    • Tracking tool for flares
  • Compliance audits with respect to federal and state requirements
  • Stack testing oversight and support
  • CEMS program audit and compliance support
  • Water sampling at new storm/hydrotest water outfalls
  • Energy assessment under the Boiler rules
  • Due diligence and acquisition support - Phase I/II ESA, multi-media permitting, and regulatory requirements
  • Staff training on environmental regulations and requirements
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