Inside Aera
Belridge May 31, 2017

Perry Harrison’s Passion for Learning Helps Aera Keep Up with Changing Environmental Regulations

Thanks to his efforts, Aera earns high marks for air-quality compliance.

No one could blame Perry Harrison if he dreams at night about Title V, greenhouse gas requirements, air permits and endless pages of documentation.

That’s not just because Aera’s air-quality compliance drives his daily work but because “regulations are always changing so I’m always challenged with keeping up with them,” said Harrison, environmental advisor at Aera’s Bakersfield office.

Fortunately, Harrison has the willingness to learn and the industry background to understand how to help Aera comply with air-quality regulations.

After attending Bakersfield College, he began working for Mobil in 1988 at Midway Sunset as a roustabout and then as a plant operator. He transferred to Belridge, where he worked in the CLAM, plants, steam and co-generation units. Later, he served as process team lead before moving on to special projects and logistics.

“I was always looking for ways to grow,” he said.

In 2000, when Aera formed its Title V group, Harrison became an air compliance specialist. In 2007, he was named to his current position of environmental advisor.

“My job is to validate that we’re doing what we say we’re doing,” he said. That includes leading annual internal audits to ensure compliance.

Title V is part of the federal Clean Air Act (CAA), which requires businesses to take the necessary actions to ensure they aren’t adversely affecting local air quality. Federal and California agencies also regulate mandatory reporting of greenhouse gas emissions.

Harrison works closely with “opsAir,” the environmental software he helped implement at Aera. “The software helps track our operating permits on Title V and greenhouse-gas emission calculations for federal and state requirements and for the air quality control boards for the San Joaquin Valley, Ventura and Monterey,” he said.

Once Aera completes its compliance reporting for greenhouse gas emissions, it goes through a third-party verification as part of a state requirement. “It’s always rewarding to get the results back with high marks for compliance,” Harrison said.

“Perry is always willing to take on something new,” said his supervisor, Peggy Shue, environmental process manager. “He embraces and immediately applies new learnings.”

“In the 20 years I have known Perry, he has always had a passion for not only getting the job done but doing it well,” said Adean Valenzuela, compliance assurance specialist. “He continually strives to improve processes to ensure the success of his teams and Aera in general.”

Under Next Aera, some of Harrison’s responsibilities will change. He will play a larger leadership role as a go-to person in addressing Title V and greenhouse gas regulations, especially for field operations. “I’m looking forward to that challenge,” he said.

“I’m proud to be a part of this organization and this team,” added Harrison. “If I can learn something new every day, I consider that a success.”

 

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