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Air Emissions Testing

Service Detail from Element Materials Technology

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In 1990, amendments to the Clean Air Act were signed into law requiring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to enforce monitoring of releases of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) or air toxics.

Element offers a comprehensive suite of services to help companies comply with these air quality regulations, including accurate sampling, analyzing, and measuring organic compounds, metals, and other toxics in source emissions. Our scientists stay current with industrial and legislative changes to ensure that your compliance program is efficient and up-to-date.

Air Toxics Sampling and Analysis
Since 1990 when amendments to the Clean Air Act were signed into law, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has required various sources of air pollutants to monitor their releases for hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) or air toxics. Helping you comply with these air quality requirements, Element Materials Technology offer a comprehensive suite of services designed to accurately sample, analyze, and measure organic compounds, metals, and other toxics in source emissions.

Onsite Services
Element provides practical and cost-effective solutions to air quality problems worldwide with the support of our on-site mobile labs and air missions analytical laboratory. Element's Air Emissions Services group provides specialized sampling techniques, as contained in EPA SW-846 documents and EPA draft methodologies. Our staff of scientists, air pollution engineers, and project managers will design or recommend the best sampling and analytical method for your specific application.

In addition to traditional EPA source sampling methods, we offer the following specialized methods:

  • Method 18 - Gaseous Organic Compounds by Gas Chromatography
  • Method 0010 - Modified Method 5 (MM5) for semi-volatile organics
  • Method 0030 - Volatile Organic Sampling Train (VOST)
  • Method 0012 and Method 29 - Multiple Metals Emissions Sampling
  • Method 0011 and 0011A - Sampling and Analysis for Aldehydes and Ketones
  • Method 0050, 0051, and 26A - Chlorine and Hydrogen Chloride Emissions Sampling Analysis
  • Method 23 - Dioxins and Furans Sampling Analysis

BIF Source Testing
For years, industries have used hazardous waste incinerators and boilers to treat different types of waste, destroy toxic organics in waste, and reduce the volume of waste. Commonly called hazardous waste combustion (HWC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken an active role in monitoring HWC with the passage of rules that govern the "Burning of Hazardous Waste in Boilers and Industrial Furnaces," otherwise known as the BIF Rule.
Under the BIF Rule, facilities which operate a boiler or industrial furnace to incinerate hazardous waste must meet strict emission standards as set by the EPA. Southwestern Laboratories (SWL) specializes in conducting professional and reliable testing of emissions from various hazardous waste burning devices, in addition to providing thorough documentation of all testing results.

Element BIF Source testing services include:

  • CEMS (Continuous Emission Monitor System) Certification (CO/O2 Systems)
  • Initial Stratification Test
  • Response Time
  • 7-day Calibration Drift
  • Relative Accuracy
  • Calibration Error
  • Annual Performance Specification Test

Initial Compliance Test

  • Particulate Emissions
  • CO Emissions
  • Chloride/Chlorine Emissions
  • Metals Emissions
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Dioxins and Furans

Trial Burn

  • Destruction Removal Efficiency of Principle Organic Hazardous Constituents
    Dioxins and Furans Emissions

Onsite and In-Laboratory Services
Element provides practical and cost-effective solutions to air quality problems with the support of our on-site mobile laboratories and qualified air emissions personnel.

Source Emissions Testing
Source emissions testing is an essential component of any viable environmental management program. At Element Houston our Air Emissions Services group provides comprehensive stationary source compliance and performance testing services, supporting your business in meeting local and federal permit requirements, as well as equipment performance and internal objectives.

Stork's staff of experienced engineers, scientists, and technicians provide on-site and mobile laboratory source emissions testing services. Our advanced, mobile instrumentation generates direct, real-time data, enabling our technicians to evaluate optimum emissions set points for pollution levels and determine compliance with permit limits while at the field site.

Element provides reliable source emissions sampling and measurements for:

  • Carbon Monoxide (CO)
  • Particulate Matter (PM and PM10)
  • Nitrogen Oxide (NOx)
  • Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)
  • Oxygen (O2)
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
  • Total Reduced Sulfur (TRS)

Our source emissions testing services include:

  • EPA Reference Methods, Test Methods 1 through 20, 22, 23, 25A, 26, and 29
    Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS) Certifications for: SO2, NOx, CO2, O2, H2S, CO and Flow
  • Relative Accuracy (RA) and Calibration Drift (CD)
  • Annual Relative Accuracy Test Audits
  • Quarterly Cylinder Gas Audits

Additionally, we offer local and state regulatory agency test methods; Trial Burns; Cooling Tower Water for VOC; Flare Testing; as well as sampling and analytical support for several federal programs, including:

  • New Source Performance Standards
  • Prevention of Significant Deterioration
  • National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants
  • Air Toxics
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