APCC specializes in the measurement and control of air contaminants. Since 1988, APCC has assisted hundreds of companies in the Cement, Pulp and Paper, Waste-to-Energy, Printing and Coating, Power Generation, Manufacturing, Chemical/Pharmaceutical and many other industries to achieve their business goals by providing them with professional air pollution testing and engineering services.
We provide professional services in the areas of:
- Emissions Monitoring
- Continuous Emissions Monitoring
- Ambient Air Monitoring
- Fugitive Emissions Measurement
- Trial Burn Planning and Testing
- Performance Optimization and Guarantee Testing
- Emission Inventories
- VOC Capture and Removal Efficiency Testing
- HAPs Characterization and Measurement
- Method Development
- Mobile Laboratories
Our senior staff average nearly 20 years of experience in all aspects of air emissions measurement and control technologies. This experience working with a wide variety of industrial processes not only helps us address emissions testing and control issues from an objective point of view, but also allows us to analyze emissions data to discover hidden information that can turn environmental costs into bottom line savings. APCC has assisted clients from a wide variety of industries to maximize production while staying within the facilitys allowable annual emissions limits.
APCC specializes in performance and compliance emissions measurements. Using EPA, ASTM, ASME, NIOSH and other approved protocols, APCC can determine emissions of toxic substances as well as criteria and priority pollutants. In the absence of applicable approved methodology, APCC has integrated published sampling and analytical methods and developed new methods to provide clients with accurate and reliable data.
- Particulate, SO2, NOX, THC and other priority and criteria pollutants
- VOC capture and destruction efficiency testing
- Hazardous air pollutant (HAPs) emissions testing
- Sampling for dioxins/furans, hexavalent chromium, volatile/semivolatile organics and heavy metal
- Real time air toxics measurement using FTIR. Additional information about using FTIR for emissions monitoring is available at: www.epa.gov/ttnemc01/ftir.html
Test methods for emissions monitoring are available at: www.epa.gov/ttn/emc/tmethods.html
- Continuous Emissions Monitoring
- APCC regularly certifies NOX, CO, O2, SO2 and VOC analyzers following the procedures contained in 40 CFR Part 60 and 75. We have performed Relative Accuracy Test Audits (RATA) and Cylinder Gas Audits (CGA) for hundreds of industrial clients and many public utilities. Our integrated data collection equipment allows us to quickly and accurately verify the compliance status of the emissions monitors and to generate reports to management and regulatory agencies.
40 CFR 60 Appendix B and 40 CFR 75 Appendix A are available at: www.gpo.gov/nara/cfr
CEMS performance specifications are available at www.epa.gov/ttn/emc/perfspec.html
Ambient Air Monitoring
APCC can provide meteorological and ambient air quality monitoring and related services. Our experience allows us to develop cost effective solutions using traditional and state-of-the-art technologies for fenceline monitoring programs at industrial facilities and hazardous waste site clean-up sites.
- Monitoring Plan Preparation
- Site Selection
- Site Preparation
- Network Design
- Fabrication and Assembly
- Field Installation
- Field and Laboratory Calibration
- Network Operation
- Data Management and Reporting
- Program Management
- Quality Assurance
The EPA Ambient Monitoring Technology Information Center is an excellent resource. Their website is located at www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic
Fugitive Emissions Measurement
The staff at APCC are experienced in the measurement and control of fugitive emissions. From emission factor development and quantification of fugitive emissions using a variety of standard and innovative methods to developing control strategies, APCC has assisted industrial clients address the complex issues associated with fugitive emissions.
- Data Analysis
- Engineering Studies
- Wind Tunnel Experiments
- Field Measurement Programs
Trial Burn Planning and Testing
APCC is experienced in all phases of trial burn planning and execution for commercial incinerators as well as Boilers and Industrial Furnaces (BIF). From development of the sampling and analytical matrix to performing waste stream and emissions testing to final data reduction, validation and reporting, our experience managing trial burn projects allows us to meet project requirements in the most cost effective manner possible.
Our experienced staff has assisted hazardous waste incinerators and BIF operators to:
- Select the Principal Organic Hazardous Constituents (POHCs) of interest
- Prepare a Trial Burn Plan
- Sample and analyze waste feed, ash, scrubber water and stack effluent
- Coordinate waste feed POHC spiking
- Calibrate and operate continuous emissions monitoring instrumentation
- Perform data reduction, validation and reporting
- Regulatory agency negotiation
Performance Optimization and Guarantee Testing
APCC performs process optimization and performance guarantee tests on process and air pollution control equipment intended to assist our clients to increase productivity and reduce operating costs while satisfying air contaminant emissions limits.
- Boiler optimization for compliance
- ASME boiler and air heater efficiency testing
- Electrostatic precipitator optimization and gas flow distribution studies
- Evaluation of emissions reduction schemes such as low NOX burner retrofits and process modifications
- Gas turbine emissions testing
- FGD performance guarantee testing
- Baghouse collection efficiency
- Thermal oxidizer optimization
- Scrubber efficiency determinations
- VOC capture and destruction systems
Development of a complete and accurate emissions inventory is one of the first steps to ensure regulatory compliance. Our staff will work with you to review pertinent information including Material Safety Data Sheets, SARA Title III reports, shipping and inventory records, and usage data to determine total toxic emissions. Confirmation testing can be performed, if warranted, to further quantify or precisely locate emissions sources.
The EPA Clearing House for emission factors is located at www.epa.gov/ttn/chief
VOC Capture and Removal Efficiency Testing
Many operating permits and regulations require that VOC control devices operate above a minimum level of efficiency. Two types of efficiency are typically measured:
Capture Efficiency - a determination of the amount of pollutant that is captured by the control system
Removal Efficiency - a determination of the amount of captured pollutant removed from the gas stream by the control device
APCC has extensive experience assisting industry evaluate VOC control device capture and removal efficiencies.
EPA OAR Guidelines for Determining Capture Efficiency are located at www.epa.gov/ttnemc01/guidlnd/gd-035.pdf
HAPs Characterization and Measurement
The staff at APCC have extensive experience measuring Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs). In addition to utilizing traditional methods and instrumentation, APCC is an industry leader in the application of Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy for the measurement of HAP emissions. The high resolution and broad spectral range of modern FTIR spectrometer systems make it possible to measure large numbers of compounds simultaneously in gas samples. Sensitivities exceeding those of EPAs gas chromatographic Method 18 are commonly achieved, and FTIR offers superior compound identification.
Information regarding the use of FTIR for emissions measurement is available at the EPA Emissions Measurement Center at www.epa.gov/ttnemc01/ftir.html
A list of the original 189 HAPs is located on the EPA Unified Air Toxics website at www.epa.gov/ttn/uatw/orig189.html
Many air pollution sources are unique and standard sampling methods and analytical protocols are not appropriate. APCC has the experience to develop a sound and cost-effective method of sampling and analysis to satisfy regulatory requirements.
The staff at APCC have assisted in the development and modification of many proposed and promulgated EPA reference methods.
APCC operates several Environmental Monitoring Laboratories (EML). Each EML is a custom designed, climate controlled trailer built to provide a cost effective solution for continuous emission monitoring of CO, NOX, SO2, O2, CO2 and total hydrocarbons. On-site wet chemical analyses, FTIR and gas chromatography can also be performed. These units can operate in virtually any weather or plant conditions. They are ideal for performing:
- CEMS Relative Accuracy Testing
- Reference Method Testing during in-plant CEMS downtime in order to avoid process interruptions
- Hazardous Waste Trial Burns
- Performance testing of air pollution control equipment
- Immediate analysis of samples to avoid sample degradation
- Process modifications
- HAPs Screening