Brian Mellor

About Brian Mellor

Brian Mellor works with Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS), an environmental consulting firm specializing in stack testing, CEMS Testing, and EPA air emissions compliance.

ESS has conducted international stack testing projects at Johnson Atoll, in the Philippines, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, and various parts of Europe. If you need a team that will do your international job with efficiency and effectiveness, call ESS at (910) 799-1055 or visit www.ESSKnowsAir.com.

Sulfuric Acid Mist Sampling and Controlled Condensate (NCASI Method 8a) Testing

Criteria Pollutants and MACT related air toxics such as Mercury and HCl get a lot of attention in the field of air-quality analysis and emissions testing (stack testing), but other, less-known pollutants can and do cause issues for facilities. Sulfuric Acid Mist (H2SO4) is one such pollutant.

 

Sulfuric acid emissions

Sulfuric acid emissions have traditionally been measured using EPA Method 8. This method utilizes the principle of selective solvent absorption (SSA) and captures sulfur trioxide (SO3) and H2SO4 in an isopropyl alcohol (IPA) solution, and SO3 in a low concentration of hydrogen peroxide. A drawback to this method, however, is that it was developed and originally promulgated to determine SO3/H2SO4 emissions from stationary sources in the absence of other particulate matter. The principal drawback is the absence of a filter to effectively remove PM and other pollutants prior to the capture of H2SO4 in IPA. This can lead to interference from a number of filterable particulates and other pollutants, such as ammonia, and may result in emissions reading much higher than expected, making it difficult to achieve compliance with the emissions standards.

 

NCASI Method 8a

NCASI Method 8a, originally Conditional Test Method (CTM)-013, was developed as an alternative to EPA Method 8, and uses a heated quartz filter for capturing particulates, thereby eliminating the potential for interference from particulate sulfate and other interference. For sources that are having trouble with obtaining low emissions of H2SO4, and particularly those that have been using ammonia-injection control technology, the use of this method can result in a significant reduction in reported emissions from the source, by removing these varying interferences.

The quartz filter is maintained at temperatures above 500 degrees F, allowing the gaseous SO3/H2SO4 to pass through and be selectively condensed in a temperature-controlled condenser. The condenser cools the flue gases below the dew point of the SO3/H2SO4, but above the dew point of water, eliminating the potential for interference from SO2. The method was developed and validated as an alternative for determining sulfuric acid emissions from combination boilers and recovery furnaces equipped with dry particulate control devices, and tested extensively on kraft recovery furnaces. It was specifically approved by the EPA for use on recovery furnaces in 1996.

 

Potential Issues

There are two potential issues with utilizing this method. The first is that it utilizes special equipment that not many testing firms have. The equipment costs several thousand dollars, which creates a large up-front cost to conducting tests using this method. The second is that the method is not specifically approved for any units other than recovery furnaces, and compliance tests performed by this method must be approved by state regulators on a case-by-case basis.

 

Call in the Professionals

ESS, an air-testing firm out of Wilmington, North Carolina, has the equipment and experience to conduct this test method for facilities that are currently or potentially regulated for H2SO4. ESS has requested and received variances from state regulators for use on biomass boilers, paper mills, and ceramic kilns for compliance-level testing. In all cases so far, the use of this alternative method has greatly improved the reported emissions of H2SO4, and helped our clients achieve compliance with the emissions standards their units are subject to.

If your facility is expected to be regulated for sulfuric acid mist, you need a testing partner that can achieve the best results. Give ESS a call today at  (910) 799-1055.

EPA Guidance on Method 202 and Recovery Blanks for CPM

EPA Guidance on Method 202 and Recovery Blanks for CPMOn April 8th, 2014, in response to feedback from industry owners, operators, and the NCASI Institute, the US EPA released a memorandum providing interim guidance on the treatment of Condensable Particulate Matter (CPM) test results, and expressed the intention to review and potentially revise the EPA Method 202 used to obtain CPM during a stack test.

At issue is the fear of owners and operators of overestimate of CPM emissions, due to the stringent field train recovery blank correction requirements. The method has many chances for contamination, in the chemicals, equipment, and sample containers that are used to sample, collect, and transport the samples to laboratories for weighing and analysis. This contamination can lead to the overestimation of CPM emissions in the stack, which can result in more stringent permit and operating requirements for a facility, particular in regards to Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR) permitting programs.

A Field Train Recovery Blank is a part of the sampling method that enables the stack testing firm to determine a base-line for contamination of the actual emissions from the stack. During a standard test series, typically consisting of three (3) 60-minute test runs, a sampling train is set up to perform the blank after either run one or run two. The train is set up in exactly the same manner and procedure as the actual test runs, and is run for the same period of time as the actual test runs, with the exception that the train is not placed into the stack, and so is not grabbing an actual emission sample. The collected sample is labeled as a blank, and analyzed along with the other collected samples. The analysis of the blank sample provides the level of contamination in the sampling train, and the stack testing firm corrects the numbers from the actual test runs to account for this contamination.

However, under the existing rules the Testing Firm was only able to correct up to 2.0mg, even if the blank showed level of contamination higher than that upper limit, and that upper limit was the point of contention that NCASI and Industry Representatives requested action on. Upon reviewing the data presented by all parties, the EPA has agreed that a higher upper limit for blank correction is warranted, and has expressed that, in the interim, Stack Testing firms may use values as high as 5.1mg to be used in the corrections for the calculation of CPM. This is, of course, only if the blank shows readings of up to this amount – if the blank readings are lower, then the actual value will be used.

This solution is only for the interim, while EPA researches the issue. Should EPA feel that the research warrants a revision of the entire Method, that will occur, but in the meantime this action will potentially have real impact on facilities controlled and permitted for particulate matter emissions. In order to achieve the best results for you and your facility, a knowledgeable and experienced stack testing partner, up to date on all news and requirements in the federal and state regulatory bodies, is invaluable.

If you require emissions testing for PM, CPM, or any other regulated pollutants, give ESS a call today at (910) 799-1055.

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ESS Finishes Quarter 1 2014 in Strong Position Domestic and Abroad

ESS in 2014As Quarter 1 of 2014 draws to a close, Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) is in strong position to make 2014 one of the most effective, profitable years in the company’s 35 year history.

The ESS USA office, based in Wilmington, North Carolina, wraps up Quarter 1 principally completing projects for its regular clients. Quarter 1 RATA test requirements and other hard-target deadline needs for the returning customers were the top priority, but projects for new clients, including a number of municipality public works groups, ensured long term growth for 2014 and beyond. In addition to RATA tests required annually, ESS was involved in a number of incinerator tests, and projects associated with the Boiler MACT and RICE NESHAP (Subpart ZZZZ) requirements.

The ESS representative office in Asia continues to garner new clients as well, in its second year of operation. Partnering with Berkman Systems, ESS Asia has completed a number of new RATA projects for various clients in the Philippines, and most recently conducted an Ambient Air measurement sampling plan at the Australian Embassy, near the ESS office in Hanoi Vietnam.

Looking ahead towards the rest of 2014, ESS expects to continue its strong year. Principally, the early part of Quarter 2 will be a strong focus on the RICE NESHAP tests for small engines, which has its extended compliance date coming up quickly in early May. ESS is already scheduling well into the summer, on a variety of projects associated with compliance and engineering projects for Sewage Sludge Incinerator (SSI) units, industrial boilers and heaters, and other MACT and RATA requirements.

ESS Asia anticipates a second project at the Australian Embassy, and further ambient emissions testing projects in Vietnam and the Philippines, and is poised to build on projects completed in Hong Kong by expanding into China proper. China, with its famous air-quality concerns, shows signs of targeting air quality in the near future, and the ESS Asia network believes it is well placed to expand into the region, offering its strong technical expertise and great customer service to a new area of the world.

ESS is still looking for new clients and opportunities to grow. With the new EPA regulations and impending compliance dates, emission testing projects are growing larger and more complicated. Few things are more helpful to a facility than a knowledgeable partner.

If you have any testing requirements, give ESS a call today: (800) 245-3778.  Please visit our main website for more information about our  services and capabilities: www.essknowsair.com.

ESS Closing 2013 In a Strong Business Position

ESS Stays Busy in 2013As 2013 moves towards its close, Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) continues to complete projects domestically and abroad, finishing strong with one of the busiest years in the company’s 35 year history. ESS attributes this large workload both to increased demand for stack testing service, and to excellent service that has attracted and maintained a consistently growing base of dedicated clients. ESS strives first and foremost to provide quality service to their clients, with projects completed on time, within budget, and acceptable to both facility personnel and state and federal governing bodies. ESS offers expertise on current rulings as well as new and upcoming standards, and has the tools to assist facilities in achieving compliance with them.

ESS continues to conduct many projects related to the MACT standards, including the RICE NESHAP and Boiler MACT. ESS has partnered with PowerSecure and Governor Control Systems (GCS), for the refitting and testing of hundreds of stationary RICE Units in 2013, for demonstration of compliance with the RICE NESHAP, 40 CFR Subpart ZZZZ. In addition, ESS has been assisting many of their industrial clients with engineering testing for metals, particulate matter, HCl, and criteria gases as part of compliance strategies with the Boiler MACT standards. A large, challenging testing project on a Thermal Desorption Unit at the US Ecology of Texas site has rounded out the Fall and early Winter months for ESS USA operations.

Internationally, the ESS office established this year in Hanoi, Vietnam, is also completing projects for both new and repeat clients. In addition to the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (HKEPD ) particulate study project, completed during the summer months, ESS Asia, located in Hanoi, Vietnam, has been obtaining new clients every month, often in partnership with Berkman Systems, one of the largest environmental consulting companies in the Philippines. ESS is in the midst of a commissioning project for Foster Wheeler at their Facility in Nghi Son, south of Hanoi. The project involves comprehensive air sampling, boiler tuning; steam-flow measurements; coal, fly, and bottom ash analysis; and other parameters. ESS has recently completed a number of other projects, including an ambient-air study at the location of the new Green building for the United Nations Development Programme in Hanoi, as well as a comprehensive emissions test series for Massan Mining. Both projects involved the measurement of Particulate and gaseous emissions, in the air and in exhaust emissions, and both are continuing projects, expected to involve retests and further analysis over the next few years.

Looking ahead to 2014 indicates a continuation of this trend. Through the acquisition of new clients and the retaining of current ones, ESS is already scheduling projects into late Quarter 1 of 2014, and anticipates more to come before the year closes out. ESS expects to continue to leverage their customer service, stack testing expertise, and project execution to satisfy its current and future client base in 2014, and on into the future.

To learn more about ESS and to inquire about air quality and environmental testing,  please visit the website at http://www.essknowsair.com or call (800) 245-3778.

 

Contact:

Brian Mellor
Sales Manager
Environmental Source Samplers, Inc.
436 Raleigh Street
Wilmington, NC 28412
Phone: 910-799-1055
sales@essknowsair.com
http://www.essknowsair.com

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Compliance Stack Testing and Audit Sample Requirements

Audit Samples for Compliance TestingOn June 16th of 2013, the EPA moved forward with one phase of their Stationary Source Audit Sample Program. The program will require audit samples to be required for specific source tests, if those tests are to be used for the demonstration of compliance with emission limits or federal standards.

An audit sample, the composition of which is unknown to the Stationary Source Tester and Laboratory, is used during a particular test event to evaluate whether the Stationary Source Tester and/or Analytical Laboratory can produce measurement results within specified acceptance criteria. Audit samples are not analyzed on a regular schedule; rather, they are analyzed only during the particular event (e.g., a compliance test) that is being audited. Audit samples are analyzed, or collected and analyzed, as part of the batch of field test samples using the same personnel, procedures, and materials.

At this time, audits are only available for particular pollutants by EPA Methods. The list of current available/required audits is provided in the table below. Other methods that will have audits, but are still unavailable and thus not required, are:

  • Dioxins/Furans by Method 23
  • Non Methane Organic Compounds by Method 25
  • Methylene Chloride by Method 315

The EPA restructured program requires that two accredited providers be available, and audit samples must be available and listed on the provider website for 60 days before audits are required to be utilized with compliance tests.

Table – Currently Required Audit Samples for Compliance Testing

Analyte

EPA Method

NELAC Analyte Code

Inorganics in Impinger Solution

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2)

Methods 6 and 8

4010

Sulfuric Acid Mist (H2SO4)

Method 8

4020

Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx)

Method 7

3885

Fluoride (F)

Methods 13a, 13b

1730

Hydrogen Chloride (HCl)

Methods 26, 26a

1770

Hydrogen Fluoride (HF)

Methods 26, 26a

1775

Metals on Glass/Quartz Fiber Filters and in Impinger Solution

Antimony (Sb)

EPA Method 29

1005

Arsenic (As)

EPA Method 29

1010

Barium (Ba)

EPA Method 29

1015

Beryllium (Be)

EPA Method 29

1020

Cadmium (Cd)

EPA Method 29

1030

Chromium (Cr)

EPA Method 29

1040

Cobalt (Co)

EPA Method 29

1050

Copper (Cu)

EPA Method 29

1055

Lead (Pb)

EPA Method 29

1075

Manganese (Mn)

EPA Method 29

1090

Nickel (Ni)

EPA Method 29

1105

Selenium (Se)

EPA Method 29

1140

Silver (Ag)

EPA Method 29

1150

Thallium (Tl)

EPA Method 29

1165

Zinc (Zn)

EPA Method 29

1190

Mercury (Hg)

EPA Method 29

1095

Lead (Alt. Method)

EPA Method 12

1075

 

Note that in the case of the criteria gases NOx and SO2, compliance audits are only necessary for the wet chemistry methods 6, 7, and 8. Testing utilizing continuous emissions monitors (CEMS) by Methods 7e and 6c do not require audit samples.

Audit samples add a variable cost to the sampling activities, depending on how many samples under what methods are required, and take 4 – 6 weeks to prepare. It is advised to begin preparations as much as two months before doing any required testing, in the same period of time that test plans or test protocols are drafted and submitted to state or federal regulators.

An audit sample has to be prepared specific to the source being tested. In order to prepare the audit, the preparatory lab would need the following information for the source.

  • Analyte/pollutant being measured.
  • Emission limit (lb/hr)
  • Estimated in-stack gas concentration (mg/dscm)
  • Stack flow rate (dscfm)
  • The sampling rate (m3/hr)
  • Length of the sampling run (hr)

The audit sample must be present on-site during the conduct of the compliance test, and the sample must be included and analyzed by the analytical laboratory in the same batch and the same manner as the samples collected from the actual compliance testing. Failure to provide for those factors may delay regulatory acceptance of the compliance test, or cause the test report to be rejected.

In all compliance testing, an experienced partner is crucial to ensuring results acceptable to the regulators. A qualified stack testing firm such as ESS can include the organization, procurement, and analysis of audit samples in the scope of the testing project, leading to less headaches, and a compliance test for your facility that is accurate and follows all necessary protocols and procedures.

Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) was founded in 1979 and has been conducting point source, ambient and industrial hygiene air quality testing and consulting. ESS utilizes modern and consistently maintained equipment to conduct its testing services world-wide. They are qualified to conduct a wide range of air testing methodologies in almost any environment – and for almost any industry. ESS clients have easy access to the reliable and accurate reporting of test results through a secure online client portal. accessible at their main website, www.essknowsair.com.

If you have a compliance demonstration required for your facility, give ESS a call today: 910-799-1055.

For more information about the EPA required audit samples for source tests, visit the NELAC Stationary Source Audit Sample Program site at the following link: http://www.nelac-institute.org/ssas/.

 

ESS Conducts H2 Gas Test at Coca-Cola Factory in Hanoi, Vietnam

Environmental Source Samplers, Inc.October, 2013 – Hanoi, Vietnam – Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) continues growth in the Asian market with recent air emissions and ambient test programs for clients in Vietnam where ESS has a established an office. ESS most recently secured a contract to sample for hydrogen gas at the Coca-Cola factory in Hanoi.

The project was conducted in October 2013 and led by ESS President Mark Looney, QSTI. ESS sampled for H2 gas at multiple electric forklift charging stations and surrounding areas.

When lead acid batteries are being recharged they generate hydrogen gas that is explosive. During all lead acid battery charging processes H2 is produced. If certain charging equipment and/or batteries are not functioning properly, cells are damaged, or ventilation systems are inadequate, H2 generation can be significantly greater than the lower explosive limit (LEL).

Coca Cola Factory, VietnamDepending on the metal alloy composition in lead-acid batteries, a battery being charged can generate two highly-toxic byproducts in addition to H2. One is arsine (arsenic hydride, AsH3) and the other is stibine (antimony hydride, SbH3). Generally, the air levels of these metal hydrides tend to remain well below the current occupational exposure limits during battery charging operations. However, their possible presence re-enforces the need for adequate ventilation systems.

Many industrial plants in Vietnam utilize electric forklifts and other equipment powered by these types of batteries. ESS can refine the Facility Health and Safety Plan, develop a sampling/test protocol for industrial hygiene targets, and then execute the project to conduct all the required testing.

ESS maintains its competitive advantage by continuing to build on international experiences, developing offices in strategic markets and assuring client satisfaction on every project. The ESS network of reputable vendors and service providers enables us to drive all our projects to completion on-time and on-budget.

Founded in 1979, ESS has been conducting point source, ambient and industrial hygiene air quality testing and consulting, and utilizes modern and consistently maintained equipment to conduct its testing services world-wide. ESS is qualified to conduct a wide range of air testing methodologies in almost any environment – and for almost any industry. ESS clients have easy access to the reliable and accurate reporting of test results through a secure online client portal, accessible through the website, www.essknowsair.com.

To learn more about ESS and air-quality testing services in Asia, the U.S., and beyond, please call (910) 799-1055, or visit www.essknowsair.com.

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EPA Proposal – Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants

EPA News & UpdatesOn September 20, 2013, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new Clean Air Act standards to cut carbon pollution from new power plants. The proposed rule is for New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for new fossil fuel-fired electric generating units (EGUs), primarily those fired by coal or natural gas. The rule was crafted to limit the emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), from these EGU units.

The proposal is part of the EPAs plans to combat climate change and improve public health. Fossil fuel-fired power plants are the nation’s largest sources of carbon pollution and emissions of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs). The rule is designed to require any newly constructed power plants be equipped during the construction phase with the available best technology for controlling carbon and GHG emissions. EPA is accepting and encouraging public comment on the new proposed standards, and will maintain the comment period for 60 days after the original publish date in the Federal Register.

The proposed standards are, in actuality, a revision of standards originally proposed in April of 2012, and this new proposal is an attempt on the part of the EPA to accommodate the feedback and criticisms from the 2.5 million public comments received after the initial proposed rule. The chief criticism of the original rule was a single standard for both coal and natural gas-fired units, based on a single concept of “best system of emissions reductions” (BSER). In response to this, the new rule proposes two separate standards for coal and gas-fired units, based on BSERs specific to each category. The original proposal was rescinded by the EPA in a separate action.

This NSPS proposed rule is specific to plants that will be constructed in the future, typically identified as after the date of the proposal. After the proposed NSPS standards, the EPA has announced plans to communicate with the owners and operators of currently-constructed sources, to develop standards for existing units. These standards are expected to be different from, and less stringent than, the standards proposed now for future sources.

The Proposed NSPS Standards

    • Fossil Fuel-fired utility boilers and integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) units
      • BSER – Partial Carbon Capture System
      • Proposed limits, dependent on compliance period that best suits the unit:
        • 1,100 lb CO2/MWh gross over 12-operating month period
        • 1,000 – 1,050 lb CO2/MWh gross over an 84-operating month (7-year) period
    • Natural gas-fired stationary combustion units
      • BSER – Current Natural gas combined cycle (NGCC) units
      • Proposed limits, dependent on size of the unit:
        • 1,000 lb CO2/MWh gross for larger units (>850 mmBtu/hr)
        • 1,100 lb CO2/MWh gross for smaller units (?850 mmBtu/hr)

Comment Period and How to Comment

EPA will accept comment on this new proposal for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

Comments on the proposed standard should be identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2013-0495. All comments may be submitted by one of the following methods:

  • www.regulations.gov – follow the on-line instructions for comment submittal
  • E-mail comments to a-and-r-docket@epa.gov
  • Fax your comments to: 202-566-9744
  • Mail your comments to:
    • Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • Mail Code: 2822 2T
    • 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
    • Washington, DC 20460
  • Deliver your comments to:
    • EPA Docket Center, Room 3334
    • 1301 Constitution Ave. NW
    • Washington, DC 20460

For Fact Sheets, the full proposed rule, and any other information, visit the following link:
www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards/2012-proposed-carbon-pollution-standard-new-power-plants

ESS Completes Summer Projects Domestically and Internationally

Environmental Source Samplers, Inc.The summer months are typically a slow season for stack testing, but for Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) the summer of 2013 has seen a larger workload, and more completed projects, than many summers before.

ESS attributes this large workload both to increased demand for stack testing service, and to excellent service that has attracted and maintained a consistently growing base of dedicated clients.

ESS strives first and foremost to provide quality service to their clients, with projects completed on time, within budget, and acceptable to both facility personnel and state and federal governing bodies. ESS offers expertise on current rulings, new and upcoming standards, and has the tools to achieve compliance with them.

The finalization of the MACT standards in December of 2012 — including the Boiler MACT, RICE MACT, and Incinerator standards – has spurred many facilities to seek engineering testing as part of long-term compliance strategies, as well as some companies who are already preparing for final compliance demonstrations. A partnership with Power Secure International and Governor Control Systems (GCS) for RICE engine compliance has driven a large surge in business, with clients desiring to achieve Subpart ZZZZ emissions limitations on their stationary reciprocal combustion engines. ESS has also conducted testing on Sewage Sludge Incinerators (SSI) at Wastewater Treatment Plants in multiple states for engineering and compliance with Subpart MMMM. Many of ESS’s regular clients have also been testing for the pollutants limited under the MACT for Boilers and Industrial Heaters.

Internationally, the ESS office established this year in Hanoi, Vietnam, is also completing projects for both new and repeat clients. ESS Asia and USA test personnel are this week completing a large project for an important return client, the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department (HKEPD). ESS performed sampling for HKEPD in 2011 for multiple pollutants at power plants in Hong Kong, and was awarded a bid in 2013 to test at those plants for fine particulate matter, as part of a further initiative by the EPD for cleaning the air of dust and contaminants. Partnering with Berkman Systems, one of the largest environmental consulting companies in the Philippines, ESS Asia has completed a RATA test program for a Philippine-based oil refinery, marking a successful first step in breaking into the very competitive RATA market in Southeast Asia.

The remainder of 2013 indicates a continuation of this trend. Through the acquisition of new clients and the retaining of current ones, ESS is already scheduling projects for completion through October and November of this year, and anticipates many more to come before the year closes out.

ESS expects to continue to leverage their customer service, stack testing expertise, and project execution to satisfy its current and future client base in 2013, and on into the future.

To connect with the experts at ESS, call us at (910) 799-1055 and like us on Facebook to stay connected with news and updates.

ESS Secures RATA and Performance Testing Projects in Philippines

Air Emissions Testing PhilippinesHanoi, Vietnam: Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) continues growth in the Asian market with recent relative accuracy test audit (RATA) and air emissions test programs for clients in the Philippines region. ESS most recently secured 2013 annual contracts for emissions testing and RATA sampling for Taheiyo Cement’s San Fernando Plant and Shell’s Batangas Refinery.

The sampling at Shell Batangas Refinery will include the conduct of three (3) RATAs at multiple sources for the evaluation of oxygen (O2), carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and carbon monoxide (CO).

The sampling at Taheiyo San Fernando Cement Plant includes the measurement of dioxins/furans (TCDD/TCDF), hydrogen chloride (HCl), and particulate (PM) for performance testing purposes.

As ESS’s work has grown in the Asian market, it has been ever important to maintain staff and a local presence in these markets. In January 2013, ESS opened an Asian headquarters in Hanoi, Vietnam. In early February, ESS signed an agreement with Berkman Systems, the most established Philippines environmental consulting firm, to partner in specialty air quality consulting projects.

This partnership allowed ESS to combine its presence with Berkman’s operations in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao, and to provide cost effective solutions and superior technical support for clients’ consulting and air testing needs.

Mark Looney, President of ESS, stated: “. . . with the combined technical strengths of ESS and Berkman, we have created a dominant partnership in the Philippines. ESS is proud of our growing list of clients and our ongoing relationship with Berkman.”

Founded in 1979, ESS has been conducting point source, ambient and industrial hygiene air quality testing and consulting. ESS utilizes modern and consistently maintained equipment to conduct its testing services world-wide. They are qualified to conduct a wide range of air testing methodologies in almost any environment – and for almost any industry.

ESS clients have easy access to the reliable and accurate reporting of test results through a secure online client portal. ESS maintains its competitive advantage by continuing to build on international experiences, developing offices in strategic markets and assuring client satisfaction on every project. The ESS network of reputable vendors and service providers enables us to drive all our projects to on-time and on-budget completion.

To learn more, visit www.essknowsair.com (available in both English and Vietnamese) or call directly at (800) 245-3778. 

 

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ESS Conducts Isokinetic Training for Vietnam Department of Natural Resources and Environment

Isokinetic Emissions Sampling Training, VietnamHanoi, Vietnam, June 2013 — Environmental Source Samplers, Inc. (ESS) continues growth in the Asian market with the award of a recent government contract to provide isokinetic emissions sampling training to the Vietnam Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DONRE) – Thai Nguyen office. The Thai Nguyen province selected eleven (11) of their most qualified technicians to attend the ESS training seminar to further focus their Apex Instruments isokinetic sampling skills.

Workshop instruction was led by ESS President Mark Looney, QSTI. The object of this 1-day seminar was to introduce basic isokinetic principles and source sampling skills to the DONRE technicians.

This course assisted the students in their review of source testing and broadened their sampling skills. The workshop helped the students develop the ability to plan, guide, evaluate, and perform source-sampling measurements to determine rates of emission from stationary sources. The course also provided a cursory review of EPA Methods 1 through 5.

The course provided the students with:

  • The knowledge and nomenclature of the isokinetic stack testing equipment
  • An understanding of why the prescribed methods are used
  • A review of the basic operation of the isokinetic sampling equipment
  • An introduction to the calibrations and calculations that are a part of the reference methods
  • A field sampling exercise to demonstrate the knowledge of conducting/operating Method 5 Isokinetic sampling equipment.

As ESS’s work has grown in the Asian market, it has been ever important to maintain staff and a local presence in these markets. In January 2013, ESS opened an Asian headquarters in Hanoi, Vietnam. In early February, ESS signed an agreement with Berkman Systems which allowed us to combine our presence with their operations in Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao. ESS continues to provide cost effective solutions and superior technical support for of our client’s consulting and air testing needs.

ESS is proud of our growing list of clients and our development with key provincial government agencies such as Thai Nguyen DONRE.

ESS maintains its competitive advantage by continuing to build on international experiences, developing offices in strategic markets and assuring client satisfaction on every project. The ESS network of reputable vendors and service providers enables us to drive all our projects to on-time and on-budget completion.

Founded in 1979, ESS has been conducting point source, ambient and industrial hygiene air quality testing and consulting. ESS utilizes modern and consistently maintained equipment to conduct its testing services world-wide. They are qualified to conduct a wide range of air testing methodologies in almost any environment – and for almost any industry. ESS clients have easy access to the reliable and accurate reporting of test results through a secure online client portal. accessible at their main website, essknowsair.com.

To learn more about ESS and their air quality testing services in Asia, the U.S. and beyond, please call (910) 799-1055  or visit http://www.essknowsair.com.

 

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