ESS Asia Conducts Isokinetic Training for EATC Students

Hanoi, Vietnam – Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) continues its growth in the air-testing and environmental air-consulting markets of Southeast Asia. Continuing its multi-year expansion into the networks of the environmental sector of Vietnam, ESS was awarded a contract to provide training in the conduct of isokinetic emissions sampling for employees of the Vietnamese company Environment Analyze and Technique (EATC). EATC selected four of their most-experience and qualified technicians to attend the ESS training seminar, in order to further expand their skills with Apex Instruments isokinetic sampling equipment.

EATC students in Vietnam 2The objective of the three-day seminar was to introduce the EATC technicians to the basic principles of isokinetic testing and develop their sampling skills. The course was designed to train the students to develop the ability to plan, guide, evaluate, and personally conduct the source-sampling techniques and measurements in order to determine certain pollutant’s emission rates from stationary sources. The course provided a detailed review of EPA Methods 1 through 5, used to measure emission rates of Filterable Particulate Matter (FPM) from emissions sources.

Chief among the skills, methods, and techniques provided by the course was an overview of the basic operations of the sampling equipment, including the nomenclature and terminologies associated with its usage. Also covered were the purpose of the relevant testing methods, and an introduction to the field and lab calibrations and calculations that are a part of the methodology. Finally, ESS hosted a field sampling exercise to demonstrate the conduct of a Method 5 test, utilizing the Apex Instruments Source Sampling Train.

Emissions sampling is an increasingly important aspect of environmental protection in the Asian market, as the environmental impact of increasingly-rapid growth and industrialization are felt in the quality of air and water. As ESS’s work has grown in the Southeast Asian region, it has been increasingly important to maintain a staff and local presence in these growing markets. In January of 2013 ESS opened its first Asian office in Hanoi, Vietnam. In early February, ESS signed an agreement with Berkman Systems, allowing ESS to combine its expertise in US EPA sampling methodologies with the Berkman network of operations in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao, Philippines. ESS has leveraged its connections to grow rapidly in the region’s environmental sector, and continues to provide cost-effective solutions, and superior technical support for our client’s consulting and air-testing needs.

ESS is proud of our growing list of clients and network with key Vietnamese environmental firms such as EATC. ESS will continue to maintain its competitive advantage by building on its international experience; developing offices in strategic markets and assuring client satisfaction on every project.

Founded in 1979, ESS has been conducting point source, ambient and industrial hygiene air quality testing and consulting. ESS utilizes modern and consistently maintained equipment to conduct its testing services world-wide. They are qualified to conduct a wide range of air testing methodologies in almost any environment – and for almost any industry. ESS clients have easy access to the reliable and accurate reporting of test results through a secure online client portal, accessible through the main website, essknowsair.com. The ESS network of reputable vendors and service providers enables us to drive all our projects to on-time and on-budget completion. To learn more about ESS and their air quality testing services in Asia, the U.S. and beyond, please call (910) 799-1055 or visit http://www.essknowsair.com.

Here are a few more photos from the training exercises…

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Submitting Protocols and Reports Via the Electronic Reporting Tool (ERT)

Successful emissions compliance testing projects include the submittal of a test plan or test protocol for approval prior to testing and the submittal of the final test report, at the conclusion of testing, to the regulatory agency responsible for approving the test. The regulatory agency can be the local, state, or federal government environmental department.

Stack Testing for Air Quality ControlIn the past — and still current in many cases — this submittal has been the delivery of hard copies of the report to the state or federal agency. Now the increasing trendis the submittal of digital test data over the internet, utilizing the Electronic Reporting Tool, or ERT.

The ERT is used to electronically create and submit stationary source sampling test plans to regulatory agencies and, after approval, to calculate and submit the test results as an electronic report to the regulatory agency. It is intended to replace the manual preparation and transcription of test plans and reports currently performed by stack testing contractors for emissions sources, as well as the manual quality assurance evaluations and documentation performed by state agencies.

It is the EPA’s hope that the ERT will improve the content and quality of source emissions test reports, reduce the workload associated with manual transcription of information and data contained in the report, reduce the resources required to store and access the reports, and reduce redundant efforts in using the data for multiple purposes.

It needs to be noted that at this time no state agencies have formally adopted this method of accepting test protocols and test reports, so for state air permit requirements, test plans and test reports are still submitted in hard copy. However, for tests that are determined by Federal requirements, such as the many MACT regulations, it is a technical requirement that test data must be submitted via the ERT. As the federal agencies continue to push towards ERT submittal, there may be a period of time where both digital and hard copy submittal are required, but it is expected that the ERT will eventually be the required method of protocol and test report.  A full list of the various EPA regulations that require ERT submittal is provided below.

It is highly recommended that your facility designates a person or contracted testing company to familiarize themselves with the ERT format, structure, and requirements, particularly if your facility is or will be affected by the Federal regulations. ESS personnel are trained to prepare protocols and test plans in the format required for submittal via the  ERT, as well as any required hard copies, in order to meet all regulations for compliance demonstration.

Currently, the EPA requires ERT reporting for compliance tests falling under the following rules:

Promulgated Regulations with Electronic Data Reporting Requirements*

Source Category Code of Federal Regulations Reference
40 CFR Part 60 40 CFR Part 63
Chromium Electroplating (Hard and Decorative) and Chromium Anodizing Tanks   Subpart N
Coal Preparation and Processing Plants Subpart Y
Commercial Industrial Solid Waste Incinerators Subpart CCCC and DDDD
Electric Utility Steam Generating Units Subpart Da Subpart UUUUU
Flexible Polyurethane Foam Production Subpart III
Gold Mines Subpart EEEEEEE
Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers Area Source Subpart JJJJJJ
Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers Major Source Subpart DDDDD
Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units Subpart Db Subpart UUUUU
Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units, Small Subpart Dc Subpart UUUUU
Marine Tank Vessel Loading Operations Subpart Y
Nitric Acid Plants Subpart Ga
Oil and Natural Gas Production Subpart OOOO Subpart HH and HHH
Pesticide and Active Ingredient Production Subpart MMM
Pharmaceuticals Production Subpart GGG
Polyether Polyols Production Subpart PPP
Polymers and Resins Group I Subpart U
Polymers and Resins Group IV Subpart JJJ
Polyvinyl Chloride and Copolymers Production Subpart HHHHHHH
Portland Cement Subpart F Subpart LLL
Printing and Publishing Industry Subpart KK
Pulp and Paper Industry Subpart S
RICE Subpart IIII and JJJJ Subpart ZZZZ
Secondary Lead Smelting Subpart X
Sewage Sludge Incinerators Subpart LLLL and MMMM
Steel Pickling– HCl Process Facilities and Hydrochloric Acid Regeneration Plants Subpart CCC
*EPA requirements subject to change.  See http://www.epa.gov/ttnchie1/ert/ert_rules.html for the most up-to-date list

 

ESS Conducts Isokinetic Training for Centre for Environmental Monitoring in Vietnam

training in VietnamEnvironmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) continues to grow in the Asian market through stack testing expertise, client relationships and strong partnerships with governmental bodies. Most recently ESS provided isokinetic emissions sampling training to the Centre for Environmental Monitoring under the Vietnam Environment Administration (MONRE) on June 10, 2014. This workshop was conducted as part of the preparation for the National Convention about Environmental Monitoring in Haiphong, Vietnam on June 19-20, 2014. ESS representatives were among the presenters at the Convention.

Workshop instruction was led by ESS President Mark Looney, QSTI, with the students consisting of technicians in MONRE’s Air Division. Topics covered included the knowledge and nomenclature of the isokinetic stack testing equipment, an understanding of why the prescribed methods are used, and an introduction to the Apex Instruments isokinetic sampling equipment, the premier brand in the source-testing industry.

The workshop was executed to provide these students with the tools necessary to properly plan, guide, evaluate, and perform source-sampling to determine emission rates from stationary sources. ESS representatives offered an overview of the typical industries and sources tested, with the applicable methodologies and required Apex instruments and equipment. Mr. Looney and the other ESS support staff also provided an opportunity for some hands-on practice with the equipment, as well as an extensive Q&A session to answer students’ queries relating to the topics under discussion.

As ESS’s business has grown in the Asian market, it has been important to maintain staff and a local presence in these markets. In January 2013, ESS opened an Asian headquarters in Hanoi, Vietnam. During the past year, ESS has provided services in source sampling at Nghi Son 1 power plant, annual air quality projects with UNDP, Australia Embassy, Coca-Cola, Masan Mining Ltd., and provided training at local Centres for Environmental Monitoring.

training in VietnamESS is proud of our growing list of clients and our networking with key provincial government agencies such as CEM under VEA. ESS maintains its competitive advantage by continuing to build on international experiences, developing offices in strategic markets and assuring client satisfaction on every project. The ESS network of reputable vendors and service providers enables us to drive all our projects to completion on-time and on-budget.

Founded in 1979, ESS has been conducting point source, ambient and industrial hygiene air quality testing and consulting. ESS utilizes modern and consistently maintained equipment to conduct its testing services world-wide. They are qualified to conduct a wide range of air testing methodologies in almost any environment – and for almost any industry. ESS clients have easy access to the reliable and accurate reporting of test results through a secure online client portal accessible at their main website, essknowsair.com.

To learn more about ESS and their air quality testing services in Asia, the U.S. and beyond, please call (910) 799-1055 (US) or (84) 4 6291-1617 (Vietnam) or visit http://www.essknowsair.com.

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