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Montrose Environmental Group Continues to Build their International Presence Acquiring LEHDER Environmental Services

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Montrose Environmental Group Acquires LEHDER Environmental Services

IRVINE, CA (August 7, 2019) – Montrose Environmental Group, Inc. (“Montrose”), a high-growth environmental services company, and LEHDER Environmental Services (“LEHDER”), one of Canada’s largest air quality management companies, today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Montrose has acquired LEHDER. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

LEHDER, pronounced “leader,” combines broad expertise in industrial air quality management with comprehensive knowledge of Canadian regulatory requirements to promote compliance with operational flexibility. LEHDER’s multidisciplinary team of consulting professionals includes engineers, scientists, information management specialists, industrial hygienists, biologists and technologists working together to provide integrated solutions.

This acquisition allows Montrose to expand its international reach, combining LEHDER’s expertise in Canadian stack testing, permitting, and consulting with Montrose’s array of world-class environmental services for industrial customers.

“We’ve been aware of LEHDER for several years, and their customer reputation is unmatched,” said Shawn Nelezen, Senior Vice President at Montrose. “Our team members have great respect for the LEHDER professionals they’ve met.” Nelezen continued, “Now, in addition to accessing a broader suite of services, our international customers will have a local, single point of contact, decreasing response time and costs.”

For Des Hayles, a LEHDER founder and Principal, the Montrose acquisition is a great opportunity to promote long-term growth. “Montrose was the best fit for where we are now, and moving forward.” Hayles added, “Combining our resources with Montrose increases capacity and bench strength. Our customers will benefit from the broader knowledge base.”

About LEHDER Environmental Services
Formed in 1995, LEHDER Environmental Services is one of the largest air quality management companies in Canada. LEHDER helps customers make decisions that provide operational flexibility while meeting regulatory, economic, and social requirements. With expertise in source testing, emission inventories, air dispersion modeling, data analysis, and approval applications, LEHDER serves a wide range of refining, petrochemical, energy, and manufacturing customers.

LEHDER is headquartered in Point Edward, Ontario, with its Western Division based in Edmonton, Alberta. For more information, visit www.lehder.com.

About Montrose Environmental Group, Inc.
Montrose Environmental Group, Inc. (“Montrose”) is a high-growth environmental services company with more than 50 locations and 1,200 employees in North America. As one of the largest companies focused on environmental solutions, they support government and commercial organizations with a diverse range of services. Their expertise covers everything from comprehensive air measurement and laboratory services to regulatory compliance, permitting, engineering, and remediation. Montrose understands the unique nature of each client’s situation and employs their broad range of services and expertise to offer equally specialized services — everything from turn-key anaerobic digesters to landfill gas-to-energy development, from tribal gaming environmental studies to water rights issues and more. Working with Montrose, clients gain the personalized, collaborative attention inherent with a local presence along with the peace of mind that grows out of national scale and a respected track record. For more information, visit www.montrose-env.com

Alberta AMD Chapter 7 Calibration Draft Amendment Posted

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Environment and Parks has amended AMD Chapter 7 Calibration based on feedback received from airsheds. A draft has been posted to the AMD website for 60-day public review. Comments/feedback must be submitted by June 27, 2018 to AMDFeedback@gov.ab.ca.

Chapter 7 Calibration is applicable to anyone who conducts continuous ambient air monitoring. The chapter sets out the minimum requirements for calibration of continuous ambient air analyzers and meteorological sensors. Section 1.1 “Amendments” outlines what changes have been made in this draft. You can access the draft from the AMD Public Review website: http://aep.alberta.ca/air/legislation-and-policy/air-monitoring-directive/amd-public-review.aspx.

As well, you can access a recording of the April 17th AMD Q&A Webcast from the AMD website homepage: http://aep.alberta.ca/air/legislation-and-policy/air-monitoring-directive/

The questions asked during the webcast, as well as some that came in via email after the webcast, have been posted with responses.

Air Monitoring Directive - Feedback
AMDFeedback@gov.ab.ca
Air Policy | Alberta Environment and Parks
1st flr, Oxbridge Place, 9820 - 106 Street,
Edmonton AB T5K 2J6 | Tel: 780-427-6873

CEPA Guidelines for the Reduction of NOx Emissions from Natural Gas–fuelled Stationary Combustion Turbines Released

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CEPA Guidelines for the Reduction of NOx Emissions from Natural Gas–fuelled Stationary Combustion Turbines On November 18, 2017, notification of the release of the CEPA Guidelines for the Reduction of NOx Emissions from Natural Gas–fuelled Stationary Combustion Turbines were posted to the Canada Gazette. This guideline was developed to support the federal, provincial and territorial air quality management system (AQMS). The AQMS includes Canadian ambient air quality standards for fine particulate matter and ground-level ozone, base level industrial emissions requirements (BLIERs) and local air zone management by the provincial/territorial jurisdictions.

This guideline introduces a NOx emission limit that is up to 50% more stringent than emission limits set out in the national emission guidelines for stationary combustion turbines published by the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) in 1992 for combustion turbines commissioned after January 1, 2020. The Minister of the Environment and Climate Change recommends that the appropriate regulatory authorities adopt the guidelines as a baseline emission limit for NOx from natural gas-fuelled stationary combustion turbines.

These guidelines will provide the basis for the provinces and territories to adopt policies which incorporate these NOx emission guidelines however, the guidelines do not prevent the provinces and territories from adopting more stringent emission requirements for combustion turbines. Additionally, the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change continues to recommend those requirements of the 1992 CCME guidelines that have not been superseded by the requirements in this document.  A copy of the guideline is provided below.

MSAPR Part 1 - Online Reporting Tool Webinars Scheduled for November

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MSAPR Part 1 - Online Reporting Tool WebinarsEnvironment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has released the second phase of the Online Reporting Tool (ORT), available through their Single Window (SWIM) reporting platform, for Part 1, Boilers and Heaters of the Multi-Sector Air Pollutants Regulations (MSAPR).  To support the ORT's release, the ECCC has scheduled several webinars to provide a demonstration of the ORT.

This update includes the features required to comply with all the reporting requirements and the use of the ORT is mandatory under Section 120 of the MSAPR.

A document with the instructions for the ORT was also released. In addition, ECCC has also released the proposed template for proposed template for the signature of the authorized official. These documents and the webinar details are provided below.

 
Date
Time (1 hr)
 Language WebEx Link
 Monday
November 20
 13:00 EST
 English Click here
 Wednesday
November 22
 13:00 EST
 French Click here
 Thursday
November 23
 13:00 EST
 English Click here

Pre-registration is not required.  Instructions to access the webinars are provided below:

  • Click on the provided link for the webinar.
  • Click on “Register” for the event.
  • Complete the form, click Submit.
  • Click “Done,” the right hand side will have a “Join Now” enabled. It will launch a new window to connect you to the webinar.
  • Password: ‘MSAPR’ for all webinar sessions.
  • Follow the instructions and call into the webinar.

Once you have accessed the webinar, connect to the conference call:

Call-in toll-free number: 1-877-413-4781 (Canada)
Call-in number: 1-613-960-7510 (Canada)
Conference ID: 989 8414

For more information on the MSAPR, please contact Pete Pakalnis.

Updates to AEP's Review of the 1998 CEMS Code

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Updates to AEP's Review of the 1998 CEMS CodeAlberta Environment and Parks (AEP) had issued a solicitation for feedback regarding the 1998 Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) Code; comments were accepted until July 19, 2017. The AEP has issued a follow-up email regarding the next steps in drafting the revision of the CEMS Code. This information is provided below, please note the email distribution lists you can join in order to receive forthcoming updates directly.

Thank you very much to those who provided comments and suggestions on the 1998 CEMS Code. We received a lot of feedback and were encouraged to see many common themes.

We have reviewed the feedback and will continue to use it as we work on completing a draft revised CEMS Code. We will not be providing responses to the comments submitted at this time. We will incorporate all that we heard into the draft we prepare, but do not have resolution at this time as to how each suggestion will be addressed.

We did receive requests for further information on the revision process. Here are some details that we are able to share at this time:

  • AEP in collaboration with the AER, will be reviewing in further detail the feedback submitted.

  • Comments and suggestions will be used to draft a revised CEMS Code. Once a draft is complete, it will be posted for stakeholder review and comment (a 60-day review period), via the Air Monitoring Directive website.

  • Communication to stakeholders will be via the AMD email distribution list and the CEMS Users email distribution list.Information on how to join those lists is provided below.

  • We are not able to confirm when a draft will be available for review, however we are aiming to have revision team work completed by the end of calendar year 2017. The date for completion of the final revised Code will depend on when the draft is posted and what feedback is received on the draft.

  • A “coming into force” date has not yet been decided, however that will be part of the draft posted for review.

Those interested to receive updates on this work can sign up for one of the following email distribution lists:

AMD Feedback email distribution list available from: http://aep.alberta.ca/air/legislation/air-monitoring-directive/default.aspx

CEMS Users email distribution list available from: http://aep.alberta.ca/air/reports-data/continuous-emissions-monitoring/default.aspx

Thank you again for your participation. Please let us know if you have questions.

If you have any questions regarding the 1998 CEMS Code or the Air Monitoring Directive, please contact Mike Denomme.