VOC Test Methods & Modifications Part 1: What is the Purpose of the VOC Emissions Test?

Choosing the most appropriate test method(s) and method modification(s) for accurate Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions measurement can be confusing. To establish the best VOC testing method or combination of VOC testing methods, first determine the purpose of the VOC test.

A.  Compliance

1. Determine Air Pollution Control Device (APCD) efficiency. Emissions from a faulty APCD can often be difficult to quantify, but if left unaccounted for, they can have a critical impact on source compliance and statewide emission inventories.
2. Identify emissions entering the atmosphere – VOC as VOC and organic hazardous air pollutants (HAP)

B.  Engineering

1. Discover VOC emission profile versus process operations and/or PCD
2. Ensure compliance under differing operational scenarios

C.  Survey

1. Source has never been tested or received unreliable test data
2. Unknown emission composition and compounds
3. Tests are necessary to measure total VOC and organic HAP

See Air Compliance Testing’s next post for a set of helpful questions to determine the most accurate VOC test methods and modifications for your facility.

Air Compliance Testing can help develop a Site Specific Test Plan for your EPA compliance testing requirements. We can help determine the best EPA test methods to maximize the accuracy of VOC and HAP emissions measurements. Our experts can identify the most appropriate EPA test methods to determine the specific process emission variables (e.g., temperature, moisture content, VOC concentration, grain loading, particle size distribution, etc.) necessary for the design and specification of air pollution control (APC) equipment. Contact us today for more information about our Test Protocol Consulting Services for your facility.

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