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May

01

2015
The EPA’s Year Ahead in Air Regulations

The EPA’s Year Ahead in Air Regulations

There are quite a few major regulations and standards that the EPA has on its agenda for 2015. These are all especially relevant to the Region 1 Area. See below for details: Carbon Pollution Standards for New/Modified/Existing Power Plants Comment period for these proposed regulations has closed. Regulation sets a lbs/MWhr rate limit for each state. States have to meet an interim rate goal by…

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Apr

01

2015
CT Section 22 Updates

CT Section 22 Updates

Two subcommittee meetings were held in February and March to discuss the proposed revisions to RCSA 22a-174-22. The topics discussed included Emissions Testing and Compliance. Comment period on the Emissions Testing section is now closed, but comments are open on the Compliance section until April 20th. Below is a summary of the proposed new rule.   Emissions Testing Facilities can show compliance with emissions limitations…

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Mar

19

2015
The Why’s and When’s of Fuel Flow to Load: FFTL Testing

The Why’s and When’s of Fuel Flow to Load: FFTL Testing

Quarterly Fuel Flow to Load   Quarterly reporting under Part 75 (EDR’s) often requires more than just the standard Linearity Tests and RATA’s to maintain compliance. This blog focuses on a fairly simple but easy to overlook test: the fuel flow to load. For every quarter in which a flowmeter accuracy test is not conducted, this test must be run for quality assurance purposes. Compliance…

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Mar

10

2015
The Why’s and When’s of Fuel Flow to Load: Establishing a Baseline

The Why’s and When’s of Fuel Flow to Load: Establishing a Baseline

Establishing a Baseline Fuel Flow to Load   Often, QA tests that are not conducted quarterly, or even yearly, are sometimes accidentally ignored. However, their low frequency does not mean they are any less important. The fuel flow to load baseline test is one such QA activity. Since long stretches of time may elapse between tests, it is easy to forget just how this test…

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Feb

02

2015
Extending the Life of your CEMS Equipment

Extending the Life of your CEMS Equipment

The replacement cost for CEMS equipment is expensive, and with an average life expectancy of 8-10 years, you want to do whatever you can to extend that.  You can add 2, 5 or even 10 years to the life or your equipment with these few simple housekeeping tips: DO YOUR DUSTING…Dust can get into mechanical parts and fans causing things to work harder or overheat….

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Jan

20

2015
Braving the Elements: Stack Testing in the winter

Braving the Elements: Stack Testing in the winter

The forecast is calling for temps around 20F, some wind, and possible snow showers.  A good day to stay inside and calibrate those probe TCs, and stay warm with a few espresso breaks in between cals and data entry.  But no, the job at hand today is to successfully complete a series of three (3) 2-hour dioxin-furan tests, applying EPA Method 23 on a testing…

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Dec

18

2014

Calibrations–Part 60 vs 75

Calibrations are an integral part of operating a CEM system effectively. However, depending on which regulations your site falls under, this process can be subject to different requirements. It is crucial that you understand these differences, especially if you are a site that is subject to both regulations, in order to maintain compliance and minimize downtime. Below are important ways in which Part 60 calibrations…

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Nov

11

2014
Tips for Easing the Reporting Process in the Off-Season

Tips for Easing the Reporting Process in the Off-Season

Reporting comes only once every three months, so it can be easy to push it to the very bottom of your concerns list once the 30th is over. However, there are many things that can be done during the course of a quarter that greatly facilitate your reporting process once that dreaded month rolls around. The following are simple, time-saving steps that we find very…

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Oct

15

2014

What you need to know about the new 40 CFR 60 App. F Procedure 3 Requirements

The EPA recently released the final ruling on the COMS QAQC (quality assurance quality controlled) procedures under 40 CFR 60 appendix F. The procedure is only applicable to NSPS (New Source Performance Standard) sources. The ruling is effective on November 12th, 2014. Below are the key points of the new procedure: Purpose: to establish QAQC procedures for COMS (continuous opacity monitoring systems) Basic Requirements Daily…

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Oct

14

2014
It’s Quarterly Reporting Time…

It’s Quarterly Reporting Time…

October 1st has already passed, and that means it’s time for quarterly regulatory air emissions reporting. Are you ready? Are you new to preparing quarterly regulatory air emissions reports for submittal to the State or the EPA? Or, have you done it before, but don’t want the hassle this October? Either way, Air Tox is here to help. Don’t know the difference between GCV and…

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