Alberta Air Monitoring Directive

Alberta’s Air Monitoring Directive (AMD) sets out the requirements for monitoring and reporting air quality in the province of Alberta. If your facility holds and AEPA Approval and you are required to report to the NPRI, the AMD applies to your facility.


Do you have an Alberta's Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) Approval? Do you report to NPRI? If the answer is yes to both questions, your Alberta Air Monitoring Directive emissions inventory is due September 2019.

Alberta’s Air Monitoring Directive (AMD) sets out the requirements for monitoring and reporting air quality in the province of Alberta. In 2016 the AMD was significantly revised and now replaces the original AMD (1989) and the amendment that was released in 2006. An overview of the AMD can be viewed at https://www.alberta.ca/air-monitoring-directive.aspx

The requirements of the revised AMD, unless otherwise specified, apply to: the owner of a facility that is the subject of an approval or other authorization under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) the holder of an approval or other authorization under EPEA the Alberta airshed any other person specified in any other part of the AMD Approval holders that are currently required to follow the AMD 1989 are now required to follow the 2016 AMD.


AMD Chapter Overview

The AMD consists of nine (9) currently applicable chapters and these are available to view or download from the Open Government Portal.

  • AMD Chapter 1: Introduction (Alberta Environment and Parks 2016), also referred to as the AMD Introduction;
  • AMD Chapter 2: Ambient Air Monitoring Program Planning (Alberta Environment and Parks 2016), also referred to as the Planning Chapter;
  • AMD Chapter 3: Ambient Monitoring Site Selection, Siting Criteria and Sampling System Requirements (Alberta Environment and Parks 2016), also referred to as the Site Selection Chapter;
  • AMD Chapter 4: Monitoring Requirements and Equipment Technical Specifications (Alberta Environment and Parks 2016), also referred to as the Monitoring Chapter, effective July 30, 2017;
  • AMD Chapter 5: Quality System (Alberta Environment and Parks 2016), also referred to as the Quality System Chapter;
  • AMD Chapter 6: Ambient Data Quality (Alberta Environment and Parks 2016), also referred to as the Data Quality Chapter;
  •  AMD Chapter 7: Calibration (Alberta Environment and Parks 2016), also referred to as the Calibration Chapter;
  • AMD Chapter 8: Ambient Audit (Alberta Environment and Parks 2016), also referred to as the Audit Chapter; and
  • AMD Chapter 9: Reporting (Alberta Environment and Parks 2016), also referred to as the Reporting Chapter, effective January 1, 2019  

LEHDER provides support services for clients to meet their obligations under the AMD – Chapter 5, the Quality System Chapter and Chapter 9, the Reporting Chapter.


Chapter 5: Quality System Overview

The purpose of the Quality System Chapter is to establish a set of consistent requirements for the documentation, implementation and maintenance of a Quality System to:

  • Verify the quality of air monitoring data;
  • Establish consistency in air monitoring practices;
  • Ensure comparability of data; and
  • Ensure that air monitoring, reporting and maintenance activities are delivered with consistent quality. 

Applicable airsheds and industrial operations need to have a Quality Assurance Plan (QAP) to address their air monitoring requirements. If the air monitoring is subcontracted to a third party, then the contractor needs to have their own QAP.

The QAP (or Quality Manual) is a comprehensive document describing the Quality System that an organization uses to ensure quality in its work processes, products and services. The Quality System described in the QAP provides the framework for planning, implementing, documenting, assessing and improving work performed by the organization.

The QAP contains policies, objectives, principles, organizational authority, responsibilities, accountability, implementation plans and quality assurance/control activities pertaining to the required air monitoring.

LEHDER Services

In 2015, LEHDER implemented a QAP to meet our clients’ requirements and further support our deep-seated quality objectives for our business. LEHDER’s Quality System fully supports the requirements under the AMD and provides our clients with the confidence that our services are being conducted with quality as the highest priority. LEHDER can also provide support to clients as they develop their own QAPs.

The LEHDER Quality Manual is a “roadmap” of the LEHDER Quality System. It establishes consistent requirements for documentation, implementation and maintenance of the Quality System to:

  • Verify the quality of air monitoring data;
  •  Establish consistency in air monitoring practices;
  • Ensure comparability of data;
  • Ensure that air monitoring, reporting and maintenance activities are delivered with consistent quality; and
  • Adhere to an audit schedule to address corrective actions and support continuous improvement of the Quality System.

Chapter 9: Reporting

The purpose of the Reporting Chapter is to:

  • Establish the minimum requirements for the reporting of air and emissions data, reports and summarized information to the Regulator;
  • Standardize the types, content and format of air and emissions data, reports and summarized information;
  • Establish and/or reference the minimum reporting frequencies and deadlines for air and emissions data, reports and summarized information;
  • Establish and/or reference the procedures for the submission of air and emissions data, reports and summarized information; and
  •  Provide guidance on the reporting of air and emissions data, reports and summarized information.

LEHDER provides support services to our clients in relation to Chapter 9, Section 7, which defines the requirements of emissions inventory compilation and reporting of substances released to the atmosphere if certain thresholds are met.

The requirements of the Annual Emissions Inventory Reporting apply to all approved industrial operations under Alberta’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA). Commencing January 1, 2019, these approved industrial operations must annually conduct an inventory of:

(a) the sources releasing substances into the atmosphere at the industrial operation; and

(b) the annual quantities of substances being released into the atmosphere by the sources at the industrial operation.

If certain thresholds are met, the industrial operation must prepare and submit an annual emissions inventory report for that calendar year which quantifies the annual actual air emissions, the normal air emissions and maximum air emissions. Reporting must be completed using the Alberta Environment and Parks’ Annual Emissions Inventory Report form; all guidance and reporting documents can be obtained at https://www.alberta.ca/amd-resources.aspx

LEHDER Services

LEHDER has extensive experience in developing source and emission inventories for National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) and Alberta’s Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (EPEA) approval applications. Our internally developed systems are designed to manage this type of information in an effective and transparent manner.


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