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Regulation No.  1124 - Control of Volatile Organic Compound Emissions Section 46.0 "Crude Oil Lightering Operations"

 

Introduction

Lightering is the process where the draft of large ocean going vessels is reduced by bulk transfer of cargo (usually crude oil) from the ocean going vessel to smaller service vessels. This reduction in draft is necessary for the ocean going vessel to be able to proceed upriver. 

 

In 2002, more than 1,836 tons of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were emitted during lightering operations in the Delaware River and Bay. Lightering represents the single, largest VOC point source listed amongst the 131 point sources in Delaware’s 2002 Emissions Inventory. Up to 13 tons of VOCs are emitted during a single lightering operation. Some of the VOCs emitted during lightering operations are also classified as hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). It was estimated that in 2002, nearly 200 tons of HAPs were emitted during lightering operations. These HAPs included benzene, toluene, xylenes, ethyl benzene, and various polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The emissions of HAPs will also be reduced under this planned amendment.

This regulatory action will achieve significant reductions of VOCs (an ozone precursor) and HAPs.

Final Regulation

Currently Proposed Regulation and Public Hearing

Regulatory Workgroup Meetings

SAN

2004 - 2006 Participants

For information regarding Regulation No. 1124 (Section 46.0) please contact:
Jim Snead
715 Grantham Lane 
New Castle, DE 19720
Main line – (302) 323-4542
Fax line – (302) 323-4598

Email: james.snead@state.de.us

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Other Information

For information regarding the video please contact:
Bruce Steltzer
715 Grantham Lane 
New Castle, DE 19720
Main line – (302) 323-4542
Fax line – (302) 323-4598

Email: bruce.steltzer@state.de.us

 

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