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40 CFR part 60, Appendix F. Procedure 3

Effective November 12, 2014 Procedure 3 will go in to effect.  “This action promulgates quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) procedures (referred to as Procedure 3) for continuous opacity monitoring systems (COMS) used to demonstrate continuous compliance with opacity standards specified in new source performance standards (NSPS) issued by the EPA pursuant to section 111(b) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources.”

“Procedure 3 provides requirements for daily instrument zero and upscale drift checks, daily status indicator checks, quarterly performance audits, annual zero alignment audits and corrective action for malfunctioning COMS.”  This will affect facilities who must meet 40 CFR part 60 PS-1.

EMS is prepared to assist you with the implementation and compliance with this new regulation.  Please contact us at 1-800-864-2814 ext. 15 for more information.

The following items must be completed/in place No Later Than November 12, 2014.

  • Requirement for quarterly audits
  • Annual primary zero alignment under clear path conditions (EMS Part Number 2788 Opacity Portable Off-Stack Test Kit).
  • Develop and implement QAQC Plan which must be on-site and available for inspection by EPA, the state, and /or local enforcement agencies.
  • Audit device and filters must be on-site with up to date calibration
  • Recorders must be replaced that do not have at least .25% accuracy

Along with the above mentioned requirements, Procedure 3 also clarifies other aspects including the following:

  • Definition of out-of-control periods
  • Corrective actions which must be taken if COMS are out of control
  • Use of a temporary monitor
  • Consequences of failing QC Audits
  • Routine system checks which must be performed

A direct link to the EPA document can be found here

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