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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 9. Environment
Agency 5. State Air Pollution Control Board
Chapter 530. Electric Generator Voluntary Demand Response General Permit
10/15/2019

9VAC5-530-270. Testing Requirements.

A. Each affected unit shall be constructed and installed so as to allow for emissions testing upon reasonable notice at any time using appropriate methods. Sampling ports shall be provided when requested at the appropriate locations and safe sampling platforms and access shall be provided.

B. No affected unit shall be used for the purposes of preventative maintenance purposes between the hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the ozone season of May 1 through September 30.

C. Initial performance tests shall be conducted for NOx, CO, PM10, and PM2.5 from the affected unit using EPA-approved reference methods to determine compliance with the emission limits contained in 9VAC5-530-260.

1. The tests shall be performed and demonstrate compliance within 60 days after achieving the maximum production rate at which the affected unit will be operated but in no event later than 180 days after startup of the permitted affected unit.

2. Tests shall be conducted in accordance with EPA methods or an alternative method approved by the department.

3. The details of the tests are to be arranged with the regional office and the owner shall submit a test protocol at least 30 days prior to testing.

4. One copy of the test results shall be submitted to the department regional office within 45 days after test completion and shall conform to the test report format in 9VAC5-530-270 D.

5. Testing for multiple identical affected units located at the source shall be conducted as follows:

a. 50% of CI affected units shall be tested.

b. 100% of SI affected units over 500 bhp shall be tested.

6. The owner shall conduct additional performance testing every three years for NOx, CO, PM10, and PM2.5 to demonstrate compliance with the testing emission limits contained in 9VAC5-530-260. The details of the tests shall be arranged with the regional office. Additional performance testing for multiple identical affected units located at the source shall be conducted as follows:

a. 20% of CI affected units shall be tested.

b. 100% of SI affected units over 500 bhp shall be tested.

D. The test report format for performance testing shall include the following:

1. A report cover containing:

a. The plant name;

b. The plant location;

c. Units tested (including unit reference number if assigned);

d. Test dates;

e. The name of the individual conducting the test;

f. The address of the individual conducting the test; and

g. The report date.

2. A certification, including the date certified, that has been signed by:

a. A test team leader or a certified observer;

b. The test reviewer; and

c. A responsible company official.

3. A copy of approved test protocol.

4. A summary including:

a. The reason for testing;

b. Test dates;

c. Identification of the unit tested including the maximum rated capacity for each unit;

d. For each emission unit, a table showing:

(1) The operating rate;

(2) Test methods;

(3) The pollutants tested; and

(4) Test results for each run, including the run average;

e. Process and control equipment data for each run and the average, as required by the test protocol;

f. A statement that the test was conducted in accordance with the test protocol, or identification and discussion of deviations, including the likely impact on results; and

g. Any other important information as determined by the regional office.

5. A description of source operation including:

a. A description of the process;

b. A description of control devices, if necessary;

c. A process and control equipment flow diagram; and

d. A description of sampling port location and a dimensioned cross section. A protocol shall be attached that includes a sketch of the stack (elevation view) showing sampling port locations, upstream and downstream flow disturbances and their distances from ports; and a sketch of stack (plan view) showing sampling ports, ducts entering the stack and stack diameter or dimensions.

6. Test results, including:

a. Detailed test results for each run;

b. Sample calculations; and

c. A description of collected samples, including audits, when applicable.

7. An appendix, including:

a. Raw production data;

b. Raw field data;

c. Laboratory reports;

d. Chain of custody records for laboratory samples;

e. Calibration procedures and results;

f. Project participants and contact information;

g. Observers' names including their industry and agency affiliation;

h. Related correspondence; and

i. Standard procedures.

E. Visible Emission Evaluations (VEE) in accordance with Reference Method 9 shall be conducted on each affected unit.

1. The evaluation shall be performed and demonstrate compliance within 60 days after achieving the maximum production rate at which the affected unit will be operated, but in no event later than 180 days after startup of the permitted affected unit.

2. Should conditions prevent concurrent opacity observations, the regional office shall be notified in writing within seven days and visible emissions testing shall be rescheduled within 30 days.

3. Rescheduled testing shall be conducted under the same conditions (as possible) as the initial performance tests.

4. Each test shall consist of 30 sets of 24 consecutive observations (at 15 second intervals) to yield a six-minute average.

5. The details of the tests are to be arranged with the regional office and the owner shall submit a test protocol at least 30 days prior to testing.

6. One copy of the test results shall be submitted to the regional office within 45 days after test completion and shall conform to the test report format in 9VAC5-530-270 F.

7. Initial VEE testing for multiple identical affected units located at the source shall be conducted as follows:

a. 50% of CI affected units shall be tested.

b. 100% of SI affected units over 500 bhp shall be tested.

8. The owner shall conduct additional VEE testing every three years to demonstrate compliance with the opacity limit contained in 9VAC5-530-260 F. The details of the tests shall be arranged with the regional office. Additional VEE testing for multiple identical affected units located at the source shall be conducted as follows:

a. 20% of CI affected units shall be tested.

b. 100% of SI affected units over 500 bhp shall be tested.

F. The test report format for visible emissions evaluations shall include the following.

1. A report cover containing:

a. The plant name;

b. The plant location;

c. Units tested at the source identified by the department that have been issued reference numbers;

d. Test dates;

e. The name of the individual conducting the test;

f. The address of individual conducting the test; and

g. The report date.

2. A certification, including the date certified, that has been signed by:

a. A test team leader or a certified observer; and

b. A responsible company official.

3. Copy of approved test protocol.

4. A summary including:

a. The reason for testing;

b. Test dates;

c. Identification of the unit tested, including the maximum rated capacity for each unit;

d. Summarized process and control equipment data for each run and the average as required by the test protocol;

e. A statement certifying that the test was conducted in accordance with the test protocol or, if not conducted according to protocol, identification and discussion of deviations, including the likely impact on results; and

f. Any other important information.

5. A description of source operation including:

a. A description of the process;

b. A description of control devices, if necessary;

c. A process and control equipment flow diagram; and

d. A description of sampling port location and a dimensioned cross section. A protocol shall be attached that includes a sketch of the stack (elevation view) showing sampling port locations, upstream and downstream flow disturbances and their distances from ports; and a sketch of stack (plan view) showing sampling ports, ducts entering the stack and stack diameter or dimensions.

6. The detailed test results for each run.

7. An appendix including:

a. The names of project participants and their titles;

b. The observers' names, including their industry and agency affiliation;

c. Related correspondence; and

d. Standard procedures.

Statutory Authority

§§ 10.1-1307.02 and 10.1-1308 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 27, Issue 23, eff. August 17, 2011.

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