Alberta Publishes Draft Revisions to 1998 CEMS Code

On October 13, 2020, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) published a second draft of the 1998 Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) Code.  On the same day, AEP hosted a webinar to provide information concerning the proposed revisions to the CEMS Code.  AEP intends to issue the final CEMS Code after January 1, 2021 and the CEMS Code would tentatively become effective on January 1, 2022.  A copy of the draft CEMS Code, supporting documents as well as a recording of the AEP webinar is available at  A brochure summarizing the significant revisions to the CEMS code is available here.

EPA Signs Final Revisions to 40 CFR Part 63

EPA Seal

On October 1, 2020, the EPA Administrator signed final revisions to 40 CFR Part 63, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Source Categories.

The rule will become effective sixty (60) days after publication in the Federal Register.  The rule is designed to formalize EPA’s 2018 guidance memorandum which overturned EPA previous policy of “once in, always in” (OIAI), which is often referred to as the May 1995 Seitz Memorandum.

The rule also finalizes revisions to the Part 63 General Provisions clarifying “that a major source can be reclassified to area source status at any time upon reducing its potential to emit (PTE) hazardous air pollutants (HAP) to below the major source thresholds (MST) of 10 tons per year (tpy) of any single HAP and 25 tpy of any combination of HAP.”

Additionally, the final rule specifies compliance dates, notification, and recordkeeping provisions applicable to sources electing to reclassify to area source status or to sources reverting back to major source status.  A copy of the prepublication version of the rule is available here.

Reducing Compliance Risk: Easy Access to Environmental Data is Critical

If your source monitoring is anything short of 100% compliant with applicable regulations under the Clean Air Act Amendments you are at risk of notices of violation (NOVs), fines, and other disciplinary action. Reducing this compliance risk starts with proper data collection. Data visibility and ease of access can help your company stay within the guidelines of its operating permit.

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EPAS (Environmental Project Assessment Service)

The installation of a new data acquisition and handling system (DAHS) is a unique and complex project that many plant personnel may not experience during their careers. Moreover, the level of effort required to manage a DAHS installation project is typically in addition to existing plant staff workloads which can be taxing. Experience shows that there is often a void at the outset of a typical DAHS project where the project requirements and specifications have not been clearly defined. In the absence of clearly defined technical specifications, both the buyer and seller are often stuck in an uncomfortable position. There can be numerous open-ended questions that have a significant impact on the overall success of the project. Details such as:

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Introducing: The all new CEMLink 6 Compliance Calendar

Graphic with VIM & CEMLINK 6 Logo announcing the all-new compliance calendar
Being an environmental manager in the 21st century requires you to juggle numerous quality assurance tests, oftentimes with different deadlines. Some can be tied to the number of operating hours within a quarter while others are based on the anniversary date of an inspection or performance test. Let CEMLink 6 shoulder the burden of tracking and notifying you of any impending deadlines.

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