Performance tests are conducted according to established procedures in order to quantify emissions and provide an objective means for determining compliance with established emission limits. It is important that each test be performed in a valid, representative manner to ensure that the results provide an accurate representation of a source’s actual emissions.
The performance test evaluation section concentrates its efforts on performance tests required by regulations and permit conditions, which are conducted using EPA Reference Methods. The engineering staff follows performance tests from initiation to completion.
Primary responsibilities of the performance test evaluation section include:
Engineering evaluation of performance test reports to ensure compliance with appropriate regulations
Observation of performance tests to ensure proper execution
Technical review of performance test protocols to ensure proper methodology
In addition to the primary responsibilities, the performance test evaluation section also:
Provides input during the rule-making process, permitting process and policies and procedures development.
Provides technical guidance to the regulated community, consultants, other regulatory agencies and the general public.
Provides technical support to other department employees.
Remains informed of changes in technology, methodologies and regulations.