Air Quality Engineering & Permitting

Our work in Air Quality Engineering ranges from diagnostic/compliance testing of emmissions to comprehensive air quality permit applications. Our air quality services are enhanced by our emissions modelling and process analysis software programs. Use of these tools allows us to readily complete emissions impact modelling, air emmissions calculations and technical drawings integral to air pollution permit applications

Project Management

Atlantic has been involved in all aspects of the field of air quality engineering, permitting and testing since 1987. Our involvement in various projects throughout the United States has involved facility design, theoretical emissions calculations, air quality modelling, air quality permit applications and emissions test programs with corresponding efficiency calculations. Atlantic maintains a close relationship with each regulatory agency throughout the permitting and testing processes to ensure a clear understanding of project intentions and outcomes.

Pollution Control Equipment Selection

We can evaluate and recommend control technology selection based upon the nature and magnitude of potential emissions and a review of both regulatory requirements and a BACT analysis. Control technology reviews include assessment and reduction of fugitive emissions.

Mold Testing Services

Atlantic's Mold Testing Services includes mold inspection and testing services for residences, offices, or commercial properties in the region. A visual inspection combined with air sampling for mold pores is used to identify excessive moisture, visible mold and air borne mold spore counts. The inspection findings allow us to design a mold remediation protocol for each specific remediation project.

Permitting Services

Air Quality Permitting

Atlantic specializes in the design, permitting and testing required for the installation of air pollution control equipment. Permit applications vary by state but generally include the following:

  • Compilation of applicable facility data
  • Calculation of current and proposed facility emissions
  • Schematic process diagrams
  • BACT analysis
  • Supporting technical documentation and engineering drawings

Over the last 20 years Atlantic, through our involvement in projects throughout the country, has developed integrated approaches to complete effective and efficient facility design and permitting applications.

Air Quality Modelling

A key aspect in the selection of air pollution control technology is the projected impact on ambient air quality from anticipated emissions. Our in-house computerized air pollution models are utilized to predict impacts of various production levels and control technologies being considered for a particular site. Completion of these analyses prior to permit applications ensures that control technologies and emissions parameters being proposed will comply with the emissions requirements of the regulatory agencies.

Regulatory Agency Liaison

Atlantic Design serves as a liaison with the permitting agencies both in terms of applications under review and compliance of existing permit conditions. Contact with the regulatory agencies allows for a timely review process and clear communications. Additionally, in situations where compliance issues are raised Atlantic can assist in responding to regulatory agency concerns with respect to control equipment, compliance testing results and future testing schedules. Our extensive experience in representing clients during the variance process helps guide clients seeking short term regualtory relief through providing technical assistance, risk assessment, compliance scheduling and management, air quality modelling, and economic impact analysis.

Performance Testing

Diagnostic/Compliance Testing

Diagnostic testing is air quality testing performed to determine the nature and magnitude of emssions from facility operations and production processes. Data obtained from on-site testing is used to assist in emissions calculations, air pollution control technology selection and serves as a basis for necessary facility air quality permit applications.

Compliance testing of air emissions is performed in order to verify that the emssions from a particular facility or process is in compliance with the air quality permit issued by the facility's regulatory agency. The testing parameters and procedures for a compliance test are developed in accordance with the specific requirments of the air quality permit and any applicable EPA test methods specified in 40 CFR 60.

Emissions Calculations/Analysis

Facility emissions calculations are developed using appropriate technical data and EPA Air Pollution Emission Factors for the purpose of quantifying total emissions. These calculations may take into account potential emissions (using no control) as well as actual emssions using raw material usage, operating hours, production capacity, and control equipment efficiency determined during performance testing. Emissions calculations are critical in determining whether control equipment and air quality permits are required for a particular application.

Toxics Release Inventory Reporting

Federal Clean Air Act Ammendments, as well as local regulatory agencies, may institute site-specific requirements to submit comprehensive inventories of toxic air emissions. Our services in this area include development of plantwide emissions inventories, construction of comprehensive databases, audit of databases, and reporting and permitting of sources identified in the inventory process. The end result is a package designed to bring facilities into full compliance with regulatory requirements as well as to provide tools for managing plant resources.

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