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Environment Protection Agency Office of Environmental Enforcement (OEE) Air Emissions Monitoring Guidance Note #2 (AG2)  Environmental Protection Agency Johnstown Castle Estate Wexford, Ireland. Page 1 of 97 AIR EMISSION MONITORING GUIDANCE NOTE #2 (AG2) All or parts of this publication may be reproduced without further permission, provided the source is acknowledged. Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the material contained in this publication, complete accuracy
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  Page 1 of 97 Environment Protection Agency Office of Environmental Enforcement (OEE) Air Emissions Monitoring Guidance Note #2 (AG2) ©  Environmental Protection Agency Johnstown Castle Estate Wexford, Ireland.  AIR EMISSION MONITORING GUIDANCE NOTE #2 (AG2) 2   All or parts of this publication may be reproduced without further permission, provided the source is acknowledged. Although every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the material contained in this publication, complete accuracy cannot be guaranteed. Neither the Environmental Protection Agency nor the author(s) accept any responsibility whatsoever for loss or damage occasioned or claimed to have been occasioned, in part or in full, as a consequence of any person acting, or refraining from acting, as a result of a matter contained in this publication. Acknowledgments This document has been prepared on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency by: Nicholas Kenny, SiteRIGHT Environmental (Ireland) Dave Curtis, DRC Consultancy Services (UK) With the assistance of : Simon Medhurst, Smedstack Environmental (UK) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wishes to express its appreciation to the following organisations for their contributions in various ways towards the preparation of this document: The Environment Agency of England and Wales The Source Testing Association. The National Standards Authority of Ireland. . The following EPA staff were centrally involved in the development and review of the document: Mr Peter Webster, Dr Ian Marnane, and Mr Tony Dolan. and with special thanks to the contribution of the following EPA staff: Mr Michael Mc Donagh, Mr Martin O’Reilly, Mr Michael Owens, Ms Eileen Butler, and Ms Edín Christie.  AIR EMISSION MONITORING GUIDANCE NOTE #2 (AG2) 3   Contents Preface 6   1   Introduction 8   1.1   The Irish Regulatory system 8   1.2   Licence compliance monitoring 8   1.3   Scope of guidance note 9   1.4   How to use this guidance note 10   1.5   Other sources of information on stack emission monitoring 12   2   Health and Safety 14   2.1   Health &Safety law 15   2.2   The STA yellow book 15   3   Stack emission monitoring – first principles 16   3.1   Types of monitoring 16   3.2   Units of measurement 18   3.3   Reference quantities 18   4   Planning and factors affecting the monitoring process 20   4.1   Planning to meet the monitoring objective 21   4.2   IPPC compliance monitoring 21   4.3   Measurement Uncertainty 23   4.4   Measurement Traceability 24   5   Commonly measured pollutants – an overview 25   5.1   Total particulate 25   5.2   Combustion gases 27   5.3   Inorganic gases 28   5.4   Metals and metal species 28   5.5   Organic gases (total) 29   5.6   Organic gases (speciated) 30   5.7   Formaldehyde 31   5.8   Dioxins 31   5.9   Flow rate 33    AIR EMISSION MONITORING GUIDANCE NOTE #2 (AG2) 4   5.10   Reference quantities 33   5.11   Colour indicating tubes 34   6   The Equipment 35   6.1   Types of monitoring equipment 35   6.2   Equipment suitability and fitness for purpose 36   6.3   Equipment calibration 37   6.4   Equipment management 37   6.5   Certification of Equipment 38   7   The Person 39   7.1   Levels of personal competency 39   7.2   Trainee 39   7.3   Technician 39   7.4   Team leader 40   7.5   Advanced competencies in specific technical areas 41   8   The Organisation 42   8.1   License requirements 42   8.2   Accreditation of monitoring organisation 42   8.3   Accreditation of stack emissions monitoring 43   8.4   Management requirements 43   8.5   Technical requirements 44   8.6   Proficiency testing 46   9   Standard Methods 47   9.1   Irish standards 47   9.2   Hierarchy of standards 47   9.3   An index of preferred methods 48   9.4   Deviation and validation 49   9.5   Future standards 49   10   The Monitoring report 50   10.1   License requirements 50   10.2   General requirements for the content of monitoring reports 50   10.3   Data Rounding and Treatment of results below the detection limit 51  
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