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1 MAINE AND OZONE TRANSPORT REGION - OZONE NAAQS ISSUES - 2009 OZONE SEASON SUMMARY - OZONE AND PRECURSOR (PAMS) TRENDS February 25, 2010 MEDEP Monitoring.

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1 1 MAINE AND OZONE TRANSPORT REGION - OZONE NAAQS ISSUES OZONE SEASON SUMMARY - OZONE AND PRECURSOR (PAMS) TRENDS February 25, 2010 MEDEP Monitoring Meeting Tom Downs, CCM Chief Meteorologist Maine DEP-BAQ 17 State House Station Augusta, ME TEL:

2 2 OZONE STANDARDS hour NAAQS –84 ppb Primary = secondary –Entire state is designated ATTAINMENT with SIP maintenance plans in place –Current SIP designations are only for the 1997 NAAQS hour NAAQS –75 ppb Primary = secondary –EPA delayed designations until March 12, 2011 because of the ozone NAAQS reconsideration. If, as a result of the reconsideration, EPA issues different ozone standards in 2010, the new ozone standards would replace the 2008 ozone NAAQS and implementation requirements associated with the replaced 2008 ozone NAAQS, including area designations, would no longer apply. Instead, EPA would begin a new process to designate areas for the 2010 ozone NAAQS on an accelerated schedule.

3 3 OZONE NAAQS RECONSIDERATION January 19, 2010 OZONE NAAQS proposal – primary 8-hour ppb (new data handling conventions) –Secondary 7-15 ppm-hrs seasonal cumulative W126 index August 2010 Final January 2011 State designation recommendations –(Maine will use data) July 2010 Final EPA designations August 2011 designations become effective August 2013 Infrastructure SIPS due? (3-yrs after promulgation) December 2013 SIPS are due for nonattainment areas

4 4 1/19/10 Primary Ozone NAAQS Reconsideration Proposal Indicator – 8-hour Ozone averaging period Level – 0.06 – 0.07 ppm Form – annual 4th highest daily maximum 8-hour average concentration averaged over three years. Data handling conventions (ppm) 1-hour – truncate after the third decimal place 8-hour – keep all digits 6-8 hours used dividing by number of hours 1-5 hrs used with missing data substitution scheme. Use lowest Ozone concentration during the season for that hour Outside of ozone season use ½ MDL Design Value – round to three decimal places Valid if data recovery rates for each ozone season is at least 75% or the Design Value is greater than the standard Use all data available inside or outside of the Ozone Season. Primary OZONE NAAQS 3/27/08 Primary Ozone NAAQS Indicator – 8-hour Ozone averaging period Level – ppm Form – annual 4th highest daily maximum 8-hour average concentration averaged over three years Data handling conventions (ppm) 1-hour – truncate after the third decimal place 8-hour – truncate after the third decimal place 6-8 hours used dividing by number of hours 1-5 hours no calculation made Design Value – truncate after the third decimal place Valid if 3-yr data recovery rate is at least 90% for the ozone seasons or the Design Value is greater than the standard

5 5 3/27/08 Secondary Ozone NAAQS = Primary Ozone Standard 1/19/10 Secondary Ozone NAAQS Reconsideration Proposal Indicator – maximum 3-month 8am -8pm cumulative W126 index Level – 7 – 15 ppm-hrs Form – three year average of the annual maximum consecutive 3-month sum of adjusted monthly W126 index values Data handling convention (ppm-hrs) Hourly W126 – keep all digits Monthly W126 – keep all digits Valid if the daylight hourly data recovery rate is at least 75% If the daylight hourly data recovery rate is more than 75% or less than 100% then adjust the monthly W126 by the ratio of the number of possible reporting hours to the number of reported hourly concentrations. Design Value – rounded to a whole number Valid if the daylight hourly data recovery rate is at least 75% for each month in the required ozone monitoring season If one or more month does not have 75% data recovery rate then the design value is still valid if the following substitution scheme results in a design value greater than the secondary standard. Substitute the lowest hourly daylight ozone concentration in the required ozone season or ½ of the method detection limit of the monitor, whichever is higher, within each month to make the month 75% complete Adjust for the remaining missing data using the ratio mentioned above. Secondary OZONE NAAQS

6 6 To determine the W126 index, the sigmoidal weighting value at a specific concentration is multiplied by the concentration and then summed over all concentrations. The sigmoidal weighting function is of the form:sigmoidal weighting where: M and A are arbitrary positive constants wi = weighting factor for concentration ci ci = concentration i (in ppb) The arbitrary positive constants M and A are 4403 and 126 ppm-1, respectively. Their values were subjectively determined to develop a weighting function that (1) focused on hourly average concentrations as low as 0.04 ppm, (2) had an inflection point near ppm, and (3) had an equal weighting of 1 for hourly average concentrations at approximately 0.10 ppm and above. References Lefohn A.S. and Runeckles V.C. (1987) Establishing a standard to protect vegetation - ozone exposure/dose considerations. Atmos. Environ. 21: Lefohn A. S., Lawrence J. A. and Kohut R. J. (1988) A comparison of indices that describe the relationship between exposure to ozone and reduction in the yield of agricultural crops. Atmospheric Environment. 22: W126 INDEX

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8 Ozone Season Few ozone events for the 2 nd season in a row –Only 3 exceedance days for the 75 ppb standard in Maine and 2 exceedances of the old 84 ppb standard –Meteorological conditions not conducive for ozone during June and July –Economy and control strategies (NOx SIP call fully implemented) lowering ozone precursor emissions

9 9 Current ozone monitoring season

10 OTR data is preliminary

11 11 June-August Surface Temperature and Precipitation Anomaly Patterns

12 12 Below Normal Temperature – less conducive to ozone formation 12

13 13 Above Normal Precipitation – less conducive to ozone formation 13

14 14 June-August 850mb Heights and Temperature Anomaly Patterns

15 June-August 850mb Height Anomalies NCEP/NCAR REANALYSIS Below Normal Heights – more conducive to cloud formation thus less conducive to ozone formation Jun-Aug 2005 Jun-Aug 2008Jun-Aug 2009 Jun-Aug 2007Jun-Aug

16 June-August 850mb Temperature Anomalies NCEP/NCAR REANALYSIS Below Normal Temperature – less conducive to ozone formation and transport Jun-Aug 2005 Jun-Aug 2008Jun-Aug 2009 Jun-Aug 2007Jun-Aug

17 17 Ozone Trends in Maine and the Ozone Transport Region (OTR)

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21 data is preliminary thru September 30

22 22 Future Attainment/Nonattainment areas in Maine and the OTR?

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24 24 Only 2 sites over the 1997 standard DV DV

25 25 Analysis for the current 75 ppb OZONE NAAQS

26 26 Analysis for the proposed OZONE NAAQS

27 27 NO XY,VOC AND ECONOMIC TRENDS

28 28 The Coincident Economic Activity Index includes four indicators: nonfarm payroll employment, the unemployment rate, average hours worked in manufacturing and wages and salaries. The trend for each state's index is set to match the trend for gross state product.

29 29 PAMS SITES 2009 PAMS SITES IN THE OZONE TRANSPORT REGION Hourly VOC Data Available No hourly VOC data available as of Feb 24, 2010 Only 3-hr VOC data available Only 24-hr VOC data available OTR-CORE

30 30 OTC-CORE VOC TRENDS

31 31 RURAL DOWNWIND HIGH ELEVATION VOC TRENDS

32 32 OTC-CORE NO x TRENDS 31

33 33 RURAL DOWNWIND COASTAL and HIGH ELEVATION NO xy TRENDS 32

34 34 Summary Meteorological Conditions were not conducive to ozone formation during the 2009 summer months –Conditions were also not conducive in 2008 using preliminary dataOnly two monitoring sites in the OTR are violating the 1997 (84 ppb) Ozone NAAQS ( using preliminary data ) –OTC core, Western NY/PA and Northern New England high elevations have preliminary DVs > 75 ppb –All states have preliminary DVs > 70 ppb Starting with two clean years for the DESIGN VALUES to be used for the next round of attainment/nonattainment designation recommendations. Downward precursor emission and economic trends are also factoring into lower ozone concentrations

35 35 N/A-MAINTENANCE AREA SITES Cadillac Mt. Summit (PAMS) Kennebunkport Cape Elizabeth (PAMS) McFarland Hill Durham Gardiner Port Clyde West Buxton Shapleigh Bowdoinham (evaluate after 2010) OZONE MAPPING & RURAL SITES Jonesport Holden North Lovell EPA CASTNET SITES Howland Ashland TRIBAL SITES Indian Island (Penobscot Nation) Presque Isle (MicMac) Sipayik (Passamaquoddy) HEALTH STUDY SITE Portland High elevation site for transport study and Secondary NAAQS? Best Downwind of Portland coastal site?


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