January: The Reporting Month – Quarterly, Semiannual and Annual
January is the busiest time of the year in the CEMS world for many reasons. The holiday season interrupts day-to-day life and makes preparation for future activities more difficult. On top of that, January isn’t just a reporting month, but the reporting month; not only do you have to prepare quarterly reports, but also semiannual monitoring reports for Title V operating periods, and annual compliance reports.
As you can see, each set of reports is built on successfully completing the previous reports (quarterly → semiannual → annual).
Keeping all of your reporting responsibilities organized and completing them on time can be challenging. Remember that ESC Spectrum’s skilled Reporting team is ready to help you with all of your reporting activities, whether quarterly, semiannual, or annual.
Most of the people involved in preparing and submitting this series of reports exhale a big breath of relief when they are finally done — but what’s next?
Don’t Forget About Span and Range Evaluations
One item that should not be overlooked is the annual evaluation of the span and range setting for the various monitoring systems. This requirement for this periodic review is outlined in Appendix A (§ 220.127.116.11., 18.104.22.168., 22.214.171.124. and 126.96.36.199. and – Adjustment of Span and Ranges) and typically is focused on the SO2, NOx, CO2, and flow monitoring systems. This review is sometimes triggered when a new type of fuel is used during a test burn (switch from bituminous to subbituminous coals) or when new pollution controls are installed (adding SCRs or scrubbers or the addition of a reactive agent, such as charcoal).
This review should focus on at least four operating quarters of historical emission data. Policy Manual Question/Answer 9.26 does an excellent job of explaining some of the requirements, shortcuts, and pointers for performing this evaluation. For more information on Span and Range requirements, check out this article, Breaking Down Part 75 Appendix A Span and Range Equipment Specifications in The Source Air Emissions Compliance Blog.
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