Keep Your Facility Compliant

The Compliance Optimization & Monitor Performance Accuracy Service (COMPAS) program was developed to assist customers with their compliance needs.  VIM has the practical experience to enhance compliance initiatives at your facility.  We like to picture ourselves as your partner in achieving the highest level of compliance possible.

Audit Services

Our team will review permits, procedures, reports, and interview on-site plant personnel providing a complete summary highlighting risk and in identifying areas of improvement.

The overall objective of this service is to provide an unparalleled level of environmental support to your facility by ensuring that your Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems and Data Acquisition Systems information follows necessary air compliance regulations.

The primary function of the audit program is to ensure that all necessary monitoring, reporting and record retention requirements are being met by your current system. A thorough review will be done of your Quality Assurance Plan, CEMS reports, preventive maintenance logs, corrective maintenance activities and incident tracking systems to ensure compliance with the applicable regulations and your facility’s air operating permit.

The COMPAS Audit program also evaluates the accuracy of data.  In today’s world, where public interest groups and competitors all have access to your emissions data, you need to know it is both accurate and true.  Special attention is paid to identifying methods for reducing liability and making improvements to allow company management to become more aggressive in their compliance strategy,

The key to the COMPAS – CEMS Audit program is early detection followed by corrective action prior to implementing a data submittal. COMPAS provides more efficient time management resulting in higher quality results without the pressure of having to find answers against a critical regulatory deadline.

Monitoring Plan

Are you sure your monitoring plan is compliant with the latest rules?

We can help identify changes that need to be made in both your electronic monitoring plan and the requisite written plan.

The overall objective of this service is to provide an unparalleled level of environmental support to your facility by delivering a Monitoring Plan that is not only in compliance with the Part 75 regulations but also useful to plant staff and easy to maintain.

Our monitoring plan format is specially designed with readability in mind. Using proven approaches for combining graphics for navigation, an easy-to-read text layout, and a crisp writing style, the plan accommodates the required elements while at the same time providing a practical and valuable record of the CEMS installation and setup.

QA/QC Plans

VIM’s QA/QC plan format produces a plan that works for you. We compile usable procedures that will become an integral part of a well-documented compliance program.

The objective of this service is to assist you in achieving your compliance goals by producing a Quality Assurance/Quality Control Plan for your continuous emissions monitoring system (CEMS) that meets the requirements of both the Part 60 and 75 regulations but goes far beyond those requirements in terms of providing your facility personnel a document that will be referenced on a daily basis and that will ensure that your vision for your CEMS is realized.

The VIM COMPAS philosophy for QA/QC plans is that they are not merely repositories for information that the regulations require, but rather, that they are tools to help you reach full compliance. We accomplish this by providing the information your team needs in a task-oriented manner. Our QA/QC plan format is specially designed with readability and usability in mind. We use graphics for quick navigation, an easy-to-read text layout, and a crisp writing style to produce plan that accommodates the required elements while at the same time providing the information your team needs on both a day-to-day basis and a reference basis to keep your system in compliance.

Regulatory Training

Regulatory training is offered on a consistent basis at our headquarters in Baltimore as well as at our User Groups. The trainings can be performed on-site and tailored to your site’s specific needs.

VIM offers detailed Part 60 and Part 75 Regulations Training.  Classes provide an in-depth review of monitoring, certification and reporting requirements. Participants receive detailed information on the following:

  • DAHS architecture overview
  • Alarms and events
  • System engineering
  • Calibration & audits
  • Data review and QA Report generation
  • Selecting monitoring methodologies
  • Understanding monitoring plans
  • Certifying CEMS
  • Data validation
  • Recertification testing
  • Understanding EDRs
  • 10-Step procedure to QA data

Reporting

Using our data analysis tools, we can identify inconsistencies in your data before they are submitted to the Environmental Authority. We offer several levels of reporting services from data analysis to complete report generation and submittal.

The overall objective of this service is to provide an unparalleled level of environmental support to your facility in the tasks of generating both Federal Electronic Data Reports (EDR) and State-level Excess Emissions Reports (EER).

The primary function of this program is to evaluate the condition of your reportable air compliance data and the suitability of your monitoring plan and certification data against a data validation model prior to submittal. Using our data analysis tools, we can ascertain any inconsistencies in the data that may cause a problem in EDR and EER submittals.

Left undetected and uncorrected, these errors may result in a poor EDR score, improperly filed EERs, or worse yet, poor data accuracy (not to be confused with data availability). Data inaccuracy often results in tighter agency scrutiny of the facility in general and potential electronic and field level audits.