Robin Hill

Robert (Robin) Hill, Senior Environmental Consultant


Robin Hill has over 20 years of experience as an environmental engineer, primarily with air compliance programs. He was the environmental coordinator at a Texas petroleum calcining plant for 2 years. Previously, he worked as an environmental engineer at a Texas petroleum refinery for 16 years. He was also an environmental consultant for 2 years in Texas.

Environmental Coordinator – Petroleum Coke Calcining Plant in Texas (2 Years)
Was employed at a site that produces calcined petroleum coke in a proprietary process, primarily for smelting of aluminum. The site includes kiln stacks, petroleum coke storage areas and distribution equipment, including marine docks, trains, and trucks on an approximately 125-acre footprint.

Accomplishments and Responsibilities

• New Source Review (NSR) Permit Authorizations
Prepared permits-by-rule to increase calcined coke unloading across marine docks and a standard pollution control permit to make upgrades to a kiln baghouse.
• Title V Permit Program Coordinator
Conducted due-diligence compliance demonstrations of permit applicable requirements necessary for deviation and certification reports. Managed a permit renewal. Developed and submitted deviation reports and compliance certifications. Reviewed permits to ensure content met business needs and satisfied Title V requirements, with changes addressed during renewals.
• Rule Tracking
Monitored state and federal air rules and communicated changes to plant personnel for compliance. Provided comments on proposed rulemaking to industry groups.
• Environmental Representative to Operations
Served as representative to and provided environmental related training for petroleum coke kiln and coke storage area operators.
• Agency Liaison
Acted as representative between EPA and TCEQ and plant personnel during agency inspections. Worked with agencies to answer questions regarding deviation reports, emission events, stack testing, COMs RATAs, permit content, and record requests.
• Source Testing and COMS Program Coordinator for 4 petroleum coke kilns
Ensured that process unit emission sources received all necessary periodic testing. Managed stack performance testing, including test contractor selection, agency notifications and final emission report submittal.
• Program Coordinator – Release Reporting Program
Conducted release reporting to NRC, LEPC, 911, City of Port Arthur, STAN and TCEQ as necessary, including initial and final report submittals through STEERS. Developed enhanced spreadsheets for calculating emissions. Conducted training on air upset release reporting.
• Program Owner for Annual Emissions Inventories
Prepared Texas EI, EPA TRI, and EPA GHG for approximately 4 kilns, outside coke storage and handling, conveyors, marine loading and unloading, and truck loading and unloading, among other sources.
• Solid Waste Program (Non-hazardous and Universal Hazardous Waste)
Inspected waste collection areas and disposal facilities for due-diligence compliance demonstrations for state and federal rules. Ensured efficient tracking of manifests with offsite solid waste disposal facilities. Developed enhanced spreadsheet for more efficient record keeping.
• Waste Water Discharge Program
Conducted due-diligence compliance demonstrations, including audits of contactor laboratories and of other companies sending domestic sewage to Oxbow for treatment. Submitted monthly DMRs. Managed renewal of TPDES Permit. Oversaw contractors or completed my own outfall sampling for DMRs, TPDES permit compliance and permit renewals. Certified as a Class D domestic waste water plant operator. Developed training manuals for activated sludge domestic wastewater treatment unit.
Added or replaced pH, free dissolved chlorine, and dissolved oxygen probes for the treatment unit’s effluent discharge monitoring.
• Pollution Prevention Plan
Oversaw development of emissions reduction and waste minimization projects. Submitted periodic progress reports.
• Oil Spill Response Plans
Oversaw SPCC and GLO spill response, including plan updates, and agency audits.
• Other
Served as corporate Title V audit team member. Served as a trained auditor in support of ISO 9001 certification team. Oversaw the Port Arthur Environmental Committee, a multifunctional team to generate emissions reduction projects. Provided environmental training for all employees when newly-hired, annually, and upon request.

Environmental Engineer – Petroleum Refinery in Texas (16 Years)
Was employed at one of the largest petroleum refineries in the United States, with a total crude consumption rate of 415 thousand barrels per day. The site covers over 4,000 acres, with tank fields and process units, including utility boilers, crude, catalytic reforming, delayed coking, diesel hydrotreatment, fluidized catalytic cracking, gasoline hydrotreatment, hydrocracking, hydrofluoric acid alkylation, sulfur recovery, and wastewater, comprising over 1,000 acres of that footprint, the remainder being a residence pond for waste water tertiary treatment, and empty marsh. Products are mainly gasoline and diesel fuel.

Accomplishments and Responsibilities

• New Source Review (NSR) Permit Authorizations
Assisted with transition, per EPA changes, of a flexible permit to a Subchapter B permit; new individual source limits developed for all emission points (about 160 sources). Assisted with permitting of 2 major refinery expansion projects to increase refinery capacity from 250 thousand barrels per day (MBPD) to 415 MBPD. Assisted with development of Planned Maintenance, Startup, and Shutdown (MSS) permit. Prepared a permit application for 3 new package power boilers. Completed permits and amendments for a Mobile Source Air Toxics Rule II (MSAT II) expansion, consisting of a reformate splitter, tankage, and marine loading facilities. Prepared permits-by-rule and standard pollution control permits for various small sources.
• EPA Section 114 Consent Decree Program
Collaborated with other team leads to implement obligations such as flare gas recovery and a plant-wide nitrogen oxides (NOx) reduction and control strategy. Participated in incident investigations. Prepared the results and follow-up reports for incident investigation to EPA.
• Rule Tracking
Monitored state/federal air rules; communicated changes to refinery personnel for compliance. Provided comments on proposed rulemaking to industry groups.
• Program Owner – Petroleum Refinery NSPS J, Ja, MACT CC and UUU, Heater and Boiler MACT DDDDD, and NOx Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) Rule Programs
Prepared Operations, Maintenance, and Malfunction (OMM) Plans and Startup, Shutdown, and Maintenance (SSM) plans for four sulfur recovery units, a fluidized bed catalyst cracking unit, and a catalyst reforming unit. Prepared a SOCMI Wastewater HON Offsite Treatment Plan. Prepared Subpart DDDDD notification of compliance, energy efficiency audit, and the first of 30 annual heater/boiler tune-ups. Prepared alternative monitoring parameter (AMP) requests to EPA & TCEQ in lieu of continuous monitoring at certain affected source. Prepared and submitted semiannual compliance reports for all three rule programs. Developed MS Excel compliance tools for utility refinery shift supervisors.
• Title V Permit Program Coordinator
Conducted due-diligence compliance demonstrations of permit applicable requirements necessary for deviation and certification reports. Reviewed permits to ensure content met business needs and satisfied Title V requirements, with changes addressed during renewals. Prepared and successfully managed a public hearing prior to issuance of the permit. Submitted deviation reports and compliance certifications. Managed the site’s environmental management system implementation. Oversaw design and implementation of new software, OpsEnvironmentalTM, to track refinery-wide environmental tasks, generate emissions inventory summaries, and discharge monitoring reports. Presented an overview of the implementation at the 2004 OpsEnvironmentalTM Users’ Group Meeting in San Francisco. Developed MS Excel and MS Access tools for Title V deviation and certification reports, tracking compliance-related parameters, and deviation metric reports.
• Environmental Representative to Operations
Served as representative to and provided environmental related training for coking, hydrocracking, hydrotreating, sulfur recovery, cat cracking, reforming, and alkylation units, boiler houses, marine loading, tank farms, and a crude storage facility (offsite).
• Agency Liaison
Acted as representative between EPA and TCEQ and refinery personnel during agency inspections. Worked with agencies to answer questions regarding deviation reports, emission events, stack testing, CEMS RATAs, permit content, and record requests (EPA section 114, etc.). Met off-site with agencies to satisfy discussions of Title V permit content, emissions events, and issues with NSR permit special conditions.
• Source Testing and CEMS Program Coordinator for 10 flares, 30 heaters and boilers, 4 tail gas incinerator stacks, 3 in-line refinery fuel gas CEMs, and 1 fluid catalytic cracking unit
Monitored carbon monoxide, (CO), H2S, NOx, sulfur dioxide (SO2), and total sulfur (TS). Used Vivicom VCEMSTM software to track and mitigate monitor downtime. Ensured that process unit emission sources receive all necessary CEMS relative accuracy testing. Managed stack performance testing, including test contractor selection, agency interaction, and report submittals.
• Program Coordinator – Release Reporting Program
Conducted release reporting to NRC, LEPC, 911, and TCEQ as necessary, including initial and final report submittal through STEERS. Developed and provided training for MS Excel and Access-based application for tracking and calculating emissions. Conducted training on air upset release reporting to environmental staff.
• E!CEMSTM Site Subject Matter Expert (SME)
Managed the implementation of new software, E!CEMSTM to provide notifications to avoid or rapidly address exceedances. Collaborated with corporate team to implement for 48 combustion sources and served as reference for other refineries within the company.
• 2011 EPA Information Collection Requests for the MACT Risk and Technology Review for Petroleum Refineries (Refinery RTR) Prepared emissions inventory using newly-developed factors requested by EPA. Advised other refineries owned by the company.
• Corporate Environmental Auditing Program
Audited compliance for petroleum refineries in Delaware, Ohio, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Texas as part of a corporate-wide team. Programs audited: CEMS, Performance Testing, NSPS Subparts J & Ja, MACT CC & UUU, and water discharge permits.
• OSHA 1910 Process Safety Management (PSM) Experience
Served as environmental representative for Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) revalidations for the fluid catalytic cracking unit, sulfur recovery units and the hydrofluoric alkylation unit. Investigated chemical release incidents in which the reporting threshold was exceeded. Improved plant safety through weekly refinery-wide safety audits. Audited pre-startup safety review (PSSRs).
• Program Owner for Annual Emissions Inventories
Prepared Texas EI, EPA TRI, and EPA GHG (2014 & 2015) for approximately 50 tanks, 30 heaters and boilers, 4 sulfur recovery unit tail gas incinerators, marine loading, process unit fugitives, and a fluid catalytic cracker, and 11 flares, among other sources. Became program owner unexpectedly in February 2015 when the previous owner retired early, shortly before the submittal deadlines for both Texas EI and EPA GHG (March 31, 2015).
• Continuous Air Monitor Station Experience
Worked with TCEQ to install a ground-level monitoring site for SO2, to establish a better emissions baseline.
• Other
Served on Valero Port Arthur Refinery Emergency Response Team for 14 years.


Environmental Consultant – Texas (2 Years)

Accomplishments and Responsibilities
• Title V
Assisted several petrochemical and synthetic rubber facilities in Texas and Louisiana with Title V and NSR permit development.
Made emissions unit attribute and applicable requirement determinations for refinery, chemical and synthetic rubber processes in Texas. Developed applications using MS Access -driven database software, allowing for efficient storage, manipulation, review and submittal of Title V permit information.
• Other
Completed air emissions estimates for the purposes of state-required air emissions inventory
submittals, NSR permitting and Title V permitting efforts.


Undergraduate Researcher, University of Notre Dame du Lac 1995 (summer)

Designed/constructed an artificial wetland system to treat and dispose of effluent and biosolids generated from a sequencing batch reactor wastewater treatment process for an on-going study.


Education

B.S. Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin (1995)
M.S. Environmental Engineering, Lamar University (1997)

Registrations / Certifications
Engineer-In-Training, State of Texas
Domestic Wastewater Plant Operator (Class D), State of Texas

References available upon request