The owner and operator of four ethylene manufacturing plants in Texas (2), Iowa, and Illinois were subjected to the U.S. EPA Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 114 to comply with national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP). Montrose Air Quality Services (MAQS) was contracted to support and manage the complex emissions testing, analysis, and EPA Electronic Reporting Tool (ERT) reporting required of the plants. Project operations comprised complex test episodes at multiple process locations that lasted from one week to several months, requiring large test crews that ranged from 12-24 persons. Frequently, MAQS crews and equipment resources were simultaneously deployed at multiple plants in order to meet production schedules and perform the testing. Each plant was required to collect data during three (3) distinct operations: ethylene cracking furnace operations at 90% rates or greater of normal operation, during decoking operations, and during the operation of the heat exchange systems.
- Large, multiple, experienced personnel crews and equipment resources
- Management of laboratory analysis operations requiring innovative sample preparation
- Operations and testing coordination services
- Project management of all plants through dedication of distinct, regional project managers and test crews for each plant
- Experienced ERT reporting personnel and corporate QA/QC oversight