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Puna Geothermal Venture compliance investigation

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Title: Puna Geothermal Venture compliance investigation
Authors: Garing, Ken
Gosik, Bob
FitzGerald, Shannon
Keywords: PGV
regulatory
venting
Puna
Hawaii
LC Subject Headings:  Injection wells--Hawaii--Puna Region
Underground reservoirs--Hawaii--Puna Region
Geothermal engineering--Hawaii--Puna Region
Geothermal resources--Hawaii--Puna Region
Issue Date: Mar 1996
Publisher: National Enforcement Investigations Center, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, United States Environmental Protection Agency
Citation: 1996. Puna Geothermal Venture compliance investigation. Pahoa (HI): National Enforcement Investigations Center, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Abstract: The specific objectives of the investigation were to determine compliance with the following:
• Air pollution control regulations, including state permits No. P-833-1524 and No. P-834-1582
• Underground Injection Control (UIC) regulations, including state permit UH-1529
• Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), 42 U.S.C. §11001 et. seq., EPCRA § 301; and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. § 9603 CERCLA § 103.
In addition, NEIC personnel identified facility activities/conditions that, although not specifically regulated, could impact the environment.
The investigation of PGV included the following:
A review of federal and state files
An on-site inspection of the facility conducted February 13 through 17, 1995, which included the following:
Discussions with facility personnel
Observations and evaluation of facility operations
Review/copy facility records
Sampling of the two groundwater monitoring wells and geothermal reinjection fluid
Monitoring of 50 potential fugitive emissions points (valves) in pentane service
Personnel from the regional UIC program and NEIC worked as a team to determine compliance with UIC requirements.
The technical report has been divided into four main sections: Process Description - which provides an overview of the geothermal process; and the Air, Underground Injection Control, and EPCRA sections which discuss compliance with applicable regulations and permits. These reports form the basis for the summary of findings presented in the following section.
Pages/Duration: 85 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10524/23356
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The Geothermal Collection



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