ES&H Manual



8020 Outdoor Air Quality Management Program



1.0          Purpose


The Federal Clean Air Act and Amendments (CAAA) provide a comprehensive regulatory framework with which to improve air quality throughout the U.S.  In Virginia, the Department of Environmental Quality is responsible for regulating sources of air pollution and implementing the CAAA.  DOE Order 450.1A, Environmental Protection Program, also includes instructions to facilities, like Jefferson Lab, to minimize air emissions, and to decrease hazardous and toxic chemical emissions.


Jefferson Lab abides by all federal and state air quality regulatory requirements as well as the requirements of DOE Order 450.1A, Environmental Protection Program, DOE Order 458.1 Radiation Protection of the Public and the Environment, and Executive Order 13423.


Jefferson Lab uses “Environmentally friendly” and the least environmentally harmful Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) where possible to minimize emissions of air pollutants to the atmosphere.


2.0          Scope


This Outdoor Air Quality Management Program focuses on minimizing emissions from both radioactive and non-radioactive air pollution sources that have the potential to impact the outdoor environment.


Jefferson Lab’s Outdoor Air Quality Management Program’s goals are to:

·       Meet all federal, state and U.S. Department of Energy air pollution regulatory requirements.


Jefferson Lab is located in the Hampton Roads Air Quality District, which is currently a maintenance area for ozone.  As such, permitted sources within the District must maintain particular criteria pollutant levels (in this case ozone) set forth by National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).  Jefferson Lab’s air emissions are well below permit thresholds, no maintenance-area actions are required.


3.0          Responsibilities


3.1            Everyone at Jefferson Lab

·       Selects and controls materials that minimize air emissions.

·       Ensures that volatile liquid containers are kept closed when not in active use.

·       Contacts the Jefferson Lab Industrial Hygiene group, Division Safety Officer, or Environmental, Safety, Health, and Quality (ESH&Q) Staff when planning a new activity that could result in hazardous vapors or other harmful air emissions.

·       Reports any visible emission from equipment (excluding mists from cooling towers) to Facilities Management and Logistics at ext. 7400.


3.2            Supervisors/Sponsors/Subcontracting Officer’s Technical Representative (SOTR)

·       Include ESH&Q Staff in the development, implementation, and documentation of new operating procedures to minimize the release of air pollutants.

·       Encourage the use of safe alternatives to ODSs.

·       Minimize the use of ODSs, volatile organic compound-containing solvents, and products containing hazardous air pollutants.

·       Ensure that volatile liquid containers are kept closed when not in active use.

·       Maintain air emission sources to prevent leakage and control equipment containing ODSs in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations and procedures.


3.3            Facilities Management & Logistics Director

·       Ensures that subcontractor’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification is current.

·       Approves the expansion of any existing Jefferson Lab application or any new application using regulated ODSs.

·       Evaluates new and replacement equipment for ODSs and recommends safe cost-effective alternatives.

·       Records quantity of ODSs used during maintenance and reports values to the Environmental Department if 50 pounds or more are lost.

·       Corrects conditions or changes operations to prevent emissions and notifies the appropriate Division Safety Officer of significant problems.

·       Informs the Environmental Department of additions or changes to existing registered heating equipment and emergency generators.

·       Reviews purchase requests involving new ODS-containing equipment and ensures that the safest, most cost-effective model is requested.


3.4            Division Safety Officer

·       Implements air quality-related policies and programs and ensure that activities which could threaten air quality are stopped or corrected.

·       Informs ESH&Q Reporting Officer at 876-1750 of any significant emission episode.


3.5            ESH&Q Associate Director

·       Oversees the Laboratory’s Air Quality Management Program.

·       Reviews regulatory compliance actions.

·       Establishes procedures to minimize radionuclide emissions to the environment.

·       Monitors for radionuclide emissions.

·       Provides annual National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) reports and plant equipment air emissions data to the Thomas Jefferson Site Office.

·       Informs line management about Air Quality Management Program requirements for processes and operations in your area of responsibility.

·       Obtains, gathers, and records boiler and generator emissions information.


4.0          Expectations


4.1            Reporting

The Federal EPA regulates emissions of radionuclides.  Airborne emissions of radionuclides at Jefferson Lab are far below the regulatory limit of 10 mrem/yr to the maximally exposed member of the public.  In addition, no emission point at the lab exceeds the regulatory threshold for a continuous monitoring program of 0.1 mrem/yr.  Confirmatory monitoring is conducted, and required annual reporting under 40 CFR 61 is performed based on very conservative emissions estimates.


4.2            Disposal, Removal, Reclamation (DRR) Process

Jefferson Lab follow the DRR process as outlined in ES&H Manual Chapter 6720 Appendix T1 Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) for Non-Experimental Use, to dispose of ODSs removed or reclaimed from equipment.  This includes coordinating with the Department of Energy.


5.0          Revision Summary


Revision 1.1 – 12/07/12 – Updated to reflect compliance with DOE Order 458.1 Radiation Protection of the Public and the Environment.

Revision 1.0 – 02/10/08 – Original Content.













ESH&Q Division

Bill Rainey





This document is controlled as an on line file.  It may be printed but the print copy is not a controlled document.  It is the user’s responsibility to ensure that the document is the same revision as the current on line file.  This copy was printed on 12/7/2012.