voc leak detection Articles

  • Proper Monitoring Essential to Reducing ‘Fugitive Emissions` Under Leak Detection and Repair Programs

    The Clean Air Act requires refineries to develop and implement a Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) program to control fugitive emissions. Fugitive emissions occur from valves, pumps, compressors, pressure relief valves, flanges, connectors and other piping components. Comparison monitoring conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Enforcement Investigation Center ...

  • Hazardous Landfill Excavation - VOC Control, Vertical Surface

    Products & Equipment Used: Pneumatic Foam Unit 1600/40 AC-912 Long Duration Foam Application summary: Management at the Adams Center (IN) Commercial Hazardous Waste Landfill detected contaminants in their secondary leachate containment system, indicating a leak in the liner system. They decided to excavate the immediate area in order to ...


    By Rusmar Inc.

  • Shooting a Moving Target - Permitting Fugitive Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions

    Untitled Document ABSTRACT Fugitive emissions from components at chemical processing facilities often appear as allowable emission limits in construction ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Inspection Manual: Federal Equipment Leak Regulations for the Chemical Manufacturing Industry

    Untitled Document Abstract The purpose of this manual is to enhance an inspector's ability to conduct more complete and effective inspections at facilities in the chemical ...

  • `Shooting a Moving Target-Permitting Fugitive Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions,` presented at the 2004 AWMA annual conference

    Abstract Fugitive emissions from components at chemical processing facilities often appear as allowable emission limits in construction (New Source Review) and operating (Title V) permits issued by state permitting authorities - a subtle contradiction to the federal and state level regulations that regulate those very emissions. Both federal (New Source Performance Standards ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Detection of petroleum-contaminated soils using Equilibrium Headspace and Methanol Extraction

    Petroleum spills and leaking underground storage tanks comprise a significant portion of remediation projects. Soil removal and disposal determined based on the contaminants and concentrations present. Specific target analytes are associated with this type of contamination. A number of these compounds are classified as volatile organics and are used to assess the severity of the contamination, ...


    By PerkinElmer, Inc.

  • Advanced gas detection technology supports arctic greenhouse gas research

    Enormous quantities of greenhouse gases (GHG) exist within Arctic ice and frozen soils, so with the threat of global warming, a clear understanding of the relationship between GHG in the atmosphere and in the ice/soil is vital because melting of permafrost could cause a dangerous climate tipping point. There can be few more challenging environments for monitoring gases, but PhD researcher Martin ...


    By Quantitech Ltd

  • Advanced Gas Detection Technology supports Arctic Greenhouse Gas Research

    Enormous quantities of greenhouse gases (GHG) exist within Arctic ice and frozen soils, so with the threat of global warming, a clear understanding of the relationship between GHG in the atmosphere and in the ice/soil is vital because melting of permafrost could cause a dangerous climate tipping point. There can be few more challenging environments for monitoring gases, but PhD researcher Martin ...


    By Gasmet Technologies Oy

  • Field Detection of Chlorinated Alkenes in Well Water using the FROG-4000 Portable GC - Case Study

    Introduction Defiant’s FROG 4000, a portable GCPID system, was used to identify and determine the concentration of chlorinated alkenes in several extraction wells located in Tacoma Washington. Split samples were taken at each well and sent to an offsite lab for analysis. This case study examines the field exercise and highlights the high degree of agreement between the offsite lab and ...


    By Northern ANI Solutions Ltd.

  • Oil Refineries Fail to Report Millions of Pounds of Harmful Emissions

    Executive Summary This report summarizes the findings of an investigation by the minority staff of the House Government Reform Committee into fugitive emissions from oil refineries. The investigation was requested by Rep. Henry A. Waxman, the ranking member of the Committee on Government Reform. It finds that (1) oil refineries vastly underreport leaks from valves to federal and state regulators ...


  • New Mandatory GHG Reporting for the Oil and Gas Industry

    On January 14, 2015, the Obama Administration announced an update to its March 2014 “Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector” (Strategy).  Within this announcement it was revealed that the Administration would be taking a host of future actions in order to achieve their methane reduction goals, including the following: Proposing and setting standards for ...


    By All4 Inc.

  • Data Collection for Smart LDAR - Optical Imaging

    Abstract:  Use of infrared cameras to discover gaseous VOCs as part of a Fugitive Emissions Leak Detection And Repair (LDAR) regulatory compliance program is new to the chemical processing and oil ...


    By InspectionLogic Corporation

  • Smart LDAR — more cost-effective?

    On December 19, 2008, EPA issued a final rule establishing a voluntary Alternative Work Practice (AWP) to detect leaks of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and hazardous air pollutants (HAP) from process equipment (FR Vol. 73, Number 246), thereby providing the regulated community additional flexibility in complying with leak detection and repair (LDAR) requirements. The AWP allows owners or ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Fugitive Emissions - Consent Decree Compliance Management; It is Possible!

    Untitled Document INTRODUCTION Fugitive emissions from process equipment such as valves, connectors, pumps, etc. can account for 30 to 60% of a petroleum ...


    By InspectionLogic Corporation

  • LDAR deficiencies lead to enhanced requirements

    Leak detection and repair (LDAR) programs are required as part of the standards established in 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 60 (NSPS), 40 CFR 61 (NESHAP), 40 CFR 63 (MACT), and 40 CFR 264 (Hazardous Waste Handling). An LDAR program is a facility’s system of procedures used to locate and repair leaking components (e.g., valves, pumps, connectors, compressors, and agitators) to ...


    By Trinity Consultants

  • Setting the standards for headspace sampling by PID

    The responsiveness of PIDs to virtually all VOCs has seen them become the accepted tool for initial site entry assessment, ensuring optimal detection of unknown and often toxic or hazardous chemicals found at hazardous waste sites and chemical emergencies. The speed and accuracy of modern PID equipment means that many worker and community safety concerns during initial and ongoing operations can ...


    By Ion Science

  • Mobile Stationary Source Emissions Testing, Coming to a Facility Near You?

    Last week, Antea Group had the unique opportunity to perform a RATA (relative accuracy test audit) of the emissions from a thermal oxidizer at an ethanol production facility located in Minnesota using a state-of-the-art mobile testing laboratory. During this RATA audit, actual stack emissions levels (including NOx, SOx, CO2, CO, O2, flow rate, temperature, velocity and pressure) from the ...


    By Antea Group - USA

  • PID in industrial hygiene

    Industrial (or occupational) hygiene places the emphasis on prevention of ill health from work, through recognising, evaluating and controlling the risks. For anyone working with hazardous compounds, these chemicals represent a significant potential source of risk. Modern PID instruments provide reliable detection of over 200 of the most dangerous chemicals, helping to ensure effective industrial ...


    By Ion Science

  • Crude Oil and Natural Gas Industry Reduced Emission Completion NSPS Requirements

    As 2015 quickly approaches, there is still momentum in the development of domestic unconventional oil and gas resources.  Therefore, exploration and production companies utilizing hydraulic fracturing are reminded that the final compliance provisions for reduced emission completions (RECs) pursuant to 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart OOOO (Standards of Performance for Crude Oil and Natural Gas ...


    By All4 Inc.

  • New air quality rules challenge oil & natural gas industry

    EPA Administrator signed a suite of proposed new air regulations affecting both the Production/Processing and Transmission/Storage sectors of the oil and natural gas industry. The proposed rules mandate the use of emission controls as well as work practices through two different air regulatory programs – New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous ...


    By Trinity Consultants

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