BP AMOCO Tackles Title V With Essential Compliance Management

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The Challenge:

Faster and more efficient management of Title V compliance obligations were primary goals for BP Amoco when the global oil company began an aggressive search for a compliance management software solution for its 81-year-old Toledo Refinery.

The modernized refinery was managing compliance with a number of basic software packages and spreadsheets until reporting requirements changed to include U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Title V semi-annual deviation reports. With more than 200 permitted air sources and 140,000 potential compliance obligations documented in their Title V application, a more powerful tool was needed. To help facilitate compliance, BP Amoco wanted the new system up and running for key staff at least six months prior to receipt of the final Title V permit from the state.

The Solution:

The refinery recently became the first enterprise in the nation to have the new Essential Compliance Management solution from Essential Technologies, Inc., fully implemented and in operation. The system tracks benchmarks and progress, documents Environmental, Health & Safety (EH&S) compliance history and makes it easy to identify which regulatory guidelines must be followed. In doing so, the solution pushes productivity up and costs down, supports better business decisions and allows environmental professionals to spend more time on strategic initiatives.

The Results:

Officials at the refinery say they can now manage and track the status of compliance more easily and the monitoring can be done right from the desktop. The refinery has a database fully populated with all Title V requirements and the task-tracking burden has been reduced by more than 50 percent.

Additionally, there have been dramatic reductions in the amount of time it takes to get a handle on regulations and tasks that apply to specific pieces of equipment. At the same time, assessing deviations for semi-annual compliance certification is a quick reporting task that no longer requires days poring through piles of log sheets and reports from the field. And, BP Amoco's six-month deadline for initial implementation was met.

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