- Monitoring Plan & Staff Training
Empire Stack Testing, LLC established quality assurance and quality control of air emission reporting requirements and certification of continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS). Procedures were established to maintain compliance with state and federal regulations. Protocols and reports are reviewed periodically to ensure compliance is continuously met.
- Coal Fired Power Plant RATAs
Empire Stack Testing, LLC was contracted to complete 'emergency' RATAs on three boilers at an upstate New York Facility. RATAs were conducted in accordance with the stringent requirement of 40 CFR 75 for CO2, SO2, NOx, as well as volumetric flow rate at multiple flow conditions. Additionally, RATAs for CO and O2 under 40 CFR 60 were performed simultaneously.
Dynamic planning and daily meetings with the facility's management team meant minimum downtime for the facility. We provided on-site test results that if re-testing was required, it could be conducted immediately without the need for equipment re-mobilization.
- COMS Design and Installation
In order to meet regulatory requirements and a consent order, out client was required to immediately install a Continuous Opacity Monitor System (COMS) on each of their three boilers. We worked closely with the state environmental agency to ensure that all monitoring requirements were met. To reduce cost and improve efficiency, the three COMS were monitored by a central Data Acquisition System (DAS), also supplied by Empire.
The system went online ahead of schedule and within budget. As Empire Stack Testing, LLC guaranteed, the system passed the certification tests. The turnkey system fulfilled our client's regulatory requirements and was modular to allow future upgrades or expansion. Operation of the system has been lauded for its simplicity and unattended performance.
- Compliance Emission Testing
Our client required regulatory stack emissions compliance testing as well diagnostic and performance evaluations for their Medical Waste Incenerator, dry sorbent injection system, baghouse, and waste fuel boilers.
Empire utilized U.S. EPA Reference Test Methods and Modified Reference Test Methods to evaluate Hydrogen Chloride, nitrogen Oxides (NOx), Carbon Monoxide, multiple-metals, total particulate matter (PM) and particulate matter smaller than 10 microns (PM10). Empire evaluated pollution controls performance by simultaneously monitoring the inlet and outlet of the air pollution control system for PM. Preliminary data from these parameters was available from Empire Stack Testing, LLC's mobile laboratory within one hour of completing testing. This diagnostic testing demonstrated the system's ability to meet regulatory compliance.