Compliance Emissions Testing
Compliance Emissions Testing (CET) is typically a requirement of an approval, operating permit or pertinent regulation. Typically, a test protocol or "intent to test" must be completed by the testing firm and submitted to the appropriate regulatory agency for review and acceptance. Acceptance of the test protocol could take from one day to several weeks depending on the jurisdiction and the current workload of the agency. Once a test protocol has been accepted, the testing campaign can be scheduled.
Project Specifications - What Do You Need to Know?
The facility should be aware that CET programs required for regulatory purposes have defined and rigid project timelines. There may be due dates for submission of the test protocol, notification of the proposed sampling schedule to the regulatory agency, execution and completion of the field work and submission of the final report to the agency.
Paramount to the CET program is the monitoring of pertinent process parameters and production rates during each test run. For this reason, it is recommended that a knowledgeable person from the facility be designated to record operational data and ensure that the process is operating at the required levels through the test program. This Process Specialist is also responsible for effectively communicating process information to the testing crew which is typically located on the roof or stack. When the operation is down or having problems, sampling may need to pause until the problem is resolved.
CET programs usually involve a visit from a regulatory representative to witness the sampling procedures and to confirm that testing is being carried out at the appropriate operating conditions. During the visit, they will observe the process, evaluate process measurements and compare against requirements specified in the accepted test protocol. It is recommended that a key person from the facility be designated to accompany the auditor during a plant tour and answer any questions they may have.
It is important that the testing organization provide draft data to the facility well before submission of the final report to the agency. If the draft emission data appear to exceed applicable regulatory limits, then a plan can be formulated by the facility to respond to this new information.
How Can LEHDER Assist?
LEHDER's experienced, comprehensive Emissions Testing Team can provide guidance, project support and all testing requirements for your CET program.
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