American Petroleum Environmental Services, Inc, located at 11535 N Force Ave in Portland, is a used oil re-refinery also known as a used oil processing facility.
APES’ initial processing heats used oil to remove water and light ends. Lights ends are the more volatile products of petroleum refining, such as butane, propane and ethane. After the water and light ends are removed, the used oil is processed through the distillation portion of the plant, further refining the product into different grades of fuel products. Once the re-refining is complete, APES sells the re-refined oil as a usable product. The company operates under a DEQ issued Standard Air Contaminant Discharge permit.
DEQ identified APES as a source of odors and has received numerous citizen complaints since August 2015 from residents of nearby Jantzen Beach community.
DEQ and EPA have been working with the company to identify technical pollution control options related to the facility’s air emissions that cause odors. As part of this process, DEQ and EPA require APES to submit a series of records and testing analysis results to DEQ and EPA on the sixth and 21st of every month so continuous compliance can be determined.
Following are links to two EPA and DEQ joint Clean Air Act Section 114 letters that specify records and testing analysis results APES must provide:
Air quality permit
APES’ air quality permit expired on Dec. 1, 2013. APES submitted a timely renewal application allowing DEQ to administratively extend its permit until DEQ renews the permit. DEQ is in the process of determining if APES has the correct pollution control equipment to minimize odors and emissions. If additional air pollution control equipment is required, DEQ will incorporate those requirements into the permit renewal. Once the proposed permit changes are incorporated into a draft renewal permit, DEQ will issue a public notice seeking public comment and announcing a hearing, at a convenient time and location, offering people a chance to comment on the draft permit in person.
Update Sept. 7, 2016
DEQ sent a letter to APES on Sept. 1 approving its proposed typically achievable control technology analysis to install and operate air pollution control equipment to reduce gaseous emissions and odors from the facility. APES has 30 days from the date of the letter to provide DEQ with a completed Notice of Intent to Construct application and a detailed compliance schedule outlining how APES will install and operate the new equipment. DEQ is required to review APES submittal no later than 60 days after the receiving date.
Update Aug. 24, 2016
On Aug. 4, DEQ issued a pre-enforcement notice to APES for removing air pollution control technology from its distillation plant without notifying DEQ in writing as required by its air quality permit. During a meeting with DEQ on Aug. 12, APES provided new information regarding ownership of the facility at the time the violation occurred. Based on this information and DEQ’s subsequent research, DEQ sent a letter to APES on Aug. 24 rescinding the pre-enforcement notice.
The pre-enforcement notice informed APES that DEQ will begin conducting a Typically Achievable Control Technology analysis of the used oil burner that replaced the removed electric thermal oxidizers. Through this analysis, DEQ will require APES to install TACT-compliant emission control devices.
DEQ required APES to submit an emissions control plan indicating emission controls it believes meet TACT standards by August 23 and APES complied. DEQ will review the information provided by APES and make a final TACT determination.