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Source Emissions Testing

AGAT Laboratories Source Testing will provide quality services to assure regulatory compliance for Relative Accuracy Test Audits (RATA), Cylinder Gas Audits (CGA) and Stack Surveys. We maintain industry requirements including CEMS certification and auditing, regulatory emissions compliance, turbine mapping, process optimization and pollutant control system performance testing.

Our Source Testing team services the following industries:

  • Sour Gas Plants
  • Oil Refineries
  • SAGD and Oilsands Extraction Refining Operations
  • OSB Mills
  • Pulp and Paper Facilities
  • Turbine and Compressor Installations
  • Coal Fired Power Plants
  • Natural Gas Fired Power Plants
  • Asphalt Plants
  • Cogeneration Facilities
  • Sulphur Plants
  • Chemical and Product Manufacturing

Provincial and Federal approvals and codes of practice may require source emissions testing (also known as stack emissions testing) for many types of pollutants.

Our Air Quality Monitoring Division provides emission testing services for several compounds including:

  • NOx (Nitrogen Oxides)
  • SO2 (Sulphur Dioxide)
  • TRS (Total Reduced Sulphur)
  • H2S (Hydrogen Sulphide)
  • VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
  • THCs (Total Hydrocarbons)
  • CO (Carbon Monoxide)
  • O2 (Oxygen)
  • CO2 (Carbon Dioxide)
  • PM 10/2.5
  • Mercury
  • Metals
  • Dioxins and Furans
  • Ammonia
  • Formaldehyde
  • Ethylene Oxide
  • Benzene

Source Testing Services

AGAT Laboratories' Source Testing services maintain sample equipment designed to be accurate, reliable and flexible. Source Testing services are applicable to meet regulatory requirements such as manual stack surveys and can also be used to evaluate pollution control device efficiency.  Additional applications include:

  • Routine Compliance testing
  • Performance testing
  • RATA (Relative Accuracy Testing Audits)
  • CEM Certification
  • Fugitive Emission Measurements

Mobile Continous Emissions Monitoring System

Our CEMS certification and auditing services include Relative Accuracy Test Audits (RATA) and Cylinder Gas Audits (CGA). RATAs are conducted using a mobile CEMS trailer equipped with pollutant analyzers, sample extractive equipment and data acquisitions systems. Audit results are calculated and reported on-site to ensure a timely response to regulatory compliance requirements. RATAs are typically performed on CEMS parameters NOx, SO2 , TRS, O2 and Mercury.

Our mobile Continuous Emissions Monitoring System (CEMS) is uniquely positioned to deliver full on-site CEMS capabilities to meet any of your requirements. The system can be utilized to ensure regulatory compliance, pollution control, system performance evaluations and system optimization. Regulatory compliance monitoring such as RATAs or Manual Stack Surveys are the most common application.

Our mobile CEMS personnel use the following sample collection and analytical techniques:

  • Chemiluminescence
  • Photoiluminescence
  • Gas Chromatography (PID,FID, TCD )
  • Non-Dispersive Infrared (NDIR)
  • Paramagnetic
  • Ion Chromatography
  • GC/MS
  • High Resolution MS
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP)

Test Methods

Industry regulations dictate test methods to be followed when sampling and analyzing for emission pollutants. The typical test methods utilized by our Air Quality Monitoring Division include the following.

  • US EPA
  • Alberta Stack Sampling Code (ASSC)
  • Manual Methods for Chemical Analysis of Atmospheric Pollutants (MMCAAP) 
  • Environment Canada
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health  (NIOSH)

Codes of Practice

Regulations come from the BC Field Sampling Guide, AENV CEMS Code, CCME, Air Monitoring Directives (AMDs) and provincial and federal codes of practice. These codes of practice cover:

  • CCME Turbine Emission testing
  • Asphalt Plant Emission testing
  • Small Incinerator Code of Practice
  • Ethylene Oxide Destruction Efficiency testing
  • Coal Fired Power Plant Code of Practice
  • Forage Drying Facility Code of Practice