CEMS Training Doesn’t Have to Be Boring

The Inaugural CEMS Academy Training Workshop Shares An Exciting Approach To Learning About Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems (CEMS).

The inaugural CEMS Academy Training Workshop kicked off with the Welcome Reception the evening of March 30.  The CEMS Academy is instructed and sponsored by VIM Technologies, Air Hygiene, Inc., Universal Analyzers, and STI CEMS.  The reception was an excellent opportunity to meet and network with several engineering and environmental professionals before the training the following day.

The full-day training was held at the beautiful Air Hygiene, Inc. facility in Tulsa, OK on March 31. During the first session, attendees began with Regulatory Basis and Source Obligation. The focus included outlining the significance of the training, the various regulations, who is impacted, and the approaches to  compliance. Bob Bertik, VP of Sales & Marketing at Universal Analyzers, broke down the Monitoring Hardware Fundamentals by providing a detailed look at various components that make up continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS). Tom Graham, Director of Air Hygiene University at Air Hygiene, Inc. enlightened all with Stack Testing Profiling while giving an in-depth look at pre-CEMs stack testing and what it is comprised of. Wade Day, Founder & President of STI CEMS,  wrapped up the morning session with the CEMS Integration Basics.

A catered midday meal on-site allowed everyone to interact with one another and continue individual discussions touching on each attendee’s unique interest and experience.  After lunch, everyone was invited to tour the state-of-the-art Air Hygiene facility. The afternoon sessions continued with a look into the data collection and reporting functionality of the CEMS or the Data Acquisition System (DAS). Once all the components of the CEMS had been covered the focus moved to certifying the CEMS, and the keys to a successful RATA test. CEMS Component Level Tips & Tricks and CEMS Maintenance Best Practices finished off an immersive day of CEMS training. The significant interaction and participation among the attendees throughout the day brought great energy, humor, and meaningful discussions around real-life situations.

VIM Technologies would like to thank everyone who took part in making the inaugural CEMS Academy Training Workshop a success. Thank you to Air Hygiene for hosting, and to all the attendees for their participation in creating such a fun learning environment. Join us for another innovative day of training at the upcoming class in Kansas City on June 16th hosted by Power Engineers. Hope to see you there!


VIM Technologies Attended The 2022 Analyzer Technology Conference

Galveston Island Convention Center

The conference was the first in-person gathering for many in the industry after a 2-year hiatus.

The largest North American conference for process analyzer technology, the Analyzer Technology Conference (ATC), was held in Galveston, Texas from May 15 to May 18, 2022. As a major provider of emissions compliance software for CEMS and PEMs,  VIM Technologies was proud to be in attendance to support the ATC organization, as well as our current and future clients.

VIM Technologies provides environmental compliance and DAS software for a wide range of applications in the industry in the Americas. Odette Alsen, Regional Sales Manager (West Region), attended and met with many existing VIM DAS users as well as several new contacts at our booth. The conference, which was hosted at the Galveston Island Convention Center, had nearly 500 attendees and over 50 exhibitors focusing on process and laboratory analysis.

The conference offered the opportunity for attendees to learn about new and innovative analytical techniques, developments, and applications for process and laboratory measurements. During the two-day sessions, presenters shared a variety of technical papers that addressed topics from all areas of the process analyzer community. The vendor hall exhibited the latest and greatest technologies from around the industry.


EPA Good Neighbor Plan

Federal Implementation Plan Addressing Regional Ozone Transport for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard Published in Federal Register

On April 6, 2022, EPA published the proposed “Federal Implementation Plan Addressing Regional Ozone Transport for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard” in the Federal Register. EPA is proposing this rule under the “good neighbor” or “interstate transport” provision of the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act). The proposed rule, referred to by EPA as the Good Neighbor Plan, includes several key components discussed below.Read more »

PADEP CSMM Revision 8 Requirements

VIM Technologies is offering an intermediate level, fully online Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) CSMM Revision 8 Requirements training course, by instructors Bill Mitchell (Sr. Environmental Engineer) and Ashley Partington (Compliance Specialist), February 22-23rd, 2022.

This course is designed to provide a summary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) quality assurance, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements. The course will begin Day 1 with an introduction to PADEP Revision 8 reporting requirements, monitoring specifications, certification/recertification process, and initial/ongoing QA testing requirements. Day 2 will explore the requirements of the quarterly PADEP EDR, data elements, and will also include a discussion of hourly validation and data substitution. An overview of RACT III will also be provided.

The course would be beneficial to Environmental Managers as well as Instrument & Control Technicians with CEMS responsibilities. The training would be valuable to personnel with limited PADEP experience, or as a refresher for more seasoned environmental professionals. The course will be presented in two(2), three-hour sessions over two consecutive days for $399. 

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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP)

The Environmental Quality Board (EQB) is moving forward on the Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) III rule that was proposed to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) on October 17, 2019. The purpose of this rule was to revise the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for compliance with the primary and secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone. RACT applies to major sources of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and/or volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted statewide. This revision to the rule will provide additionally reduced emissions limits for NOx and VOCs from the previous PA RACT rules. The compliance deadline for RACT III will be January 1, 2023.Read more »

New SCAQMD CEMS Rules 218.2 and 218.3 Update

South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has amended CEMS Rule 218 Continuous Emissions Monitoring and adopted new Rule 218.2 CEMS: General Provisions and Rule 218.3 CEMS: Performance Specifications.

The amended Rule 218 and the new Rules 218.2 and 218.3 provide specifications for both former RECLAIM CEMS that are previously certified according to the RECLAIM program, as well as non-RECLAIM CEMS that are previously certified according to Rules 218 and 218.1.Read more »

2021 Alberta CEMS Code Finalized

As a follow-up to the April 27 webinar, AEP issued the 2021 CEMS Code Questions and Responses on May 5, 2021. AEP also posted a recording of the April 27th webinar. A copy of the latest Q&A document is available here.

On April 7, 2021, Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) finalized the 2021 Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) Code. The 2021 Alberta CEMS Code becomes effective on or before January 1, 2022, to provide affected units the flexibility to comply with the new Code prior to the effective date. Otherwise, the 1998 CEMS Code will remain in effect until December 31, 2021.

A copy of the 2021 CEMS Code is available here. Supporting documents are available at www.alberta.ca/continuous-emissions-monitoring.aspx.

AEP is hosting a Revised CEMS Code Information Webinar on April 27, 2021, to provide information and to field questions concerning the 2021 CEMS Code.  The webinar will include changes from the 1998 CEMS Code and changes made from draft 2. Click here to register for the Revised CEMS Code Information Webinar.