19 September 2013
Stack emissions testing (stack sampling or stack monitoring) is the experimental process for evaluating the characteristics of waste gas stream emissions into the atmosphere from industrial facilities to meet environmental standards.
Stack testing measures the amount of specific regulated pollutants or surrogates being emitted or determines the destruction or removal efficiency of a control device used to reduce emissions at facilities. Stack monitoring is an important tool used to determine a facility’s compliance with regulated emission limits.
Stack testing is routinely undertaken for many different reasons. Most commonly stack emissions testing is undertaken to demonstrate compliance against limits outlined for permitted processes. Current legislation under which a process might be permitted includes the Environmental Permitting Regulations (2010) and the Industrial Emissions Directive (2010).
To satisfy the Environmental Permitting Regulations, those who carry out the above industrial processes are required to report the stack emissions released from their facility into the atmosphere on a periodic basis.
Stack monitoring is necessary and the standards in the UK can be very strict.
The requirement for stack emissions testing is determined based on potential environmental impacts from a business. The higher the emissions the more meticulous the requirements for monitoring.
Stack testing is required either on an annual basis or sometimes need to be monitored continuously over a 24-hour period depending on the scale of emissions being emitted.
The Environment Agency regulates any high emitting Part A processors and the relevant Local Authority regulate lower emitting Part B processors. These requirements should be documented within each site’s permit. Either of these regulators will determine how often stack emissions testing should be undertaken.
Stack testing is a specialist job and it can only be completed by a very limited number of companies in the UK. These select few companies are recognised by the Environment Agency as having the proper training, quality, management systems and experience to monitor emissions. These companies are equipped with the specialist equipment needed to sample the emissions for analysis either on site or in their laboratory.
For Part A processors regulated by the Environment Agency, MCERTS accreditation is required in order to carry out stack emissions testing. For smaller Part B processors such accreditation is not required however is looked upon highly by Local Authorities due to the expertise and guidelines of such monitoring.
Envirocare has over twenty years of stack emissions testing experience. During this vast amount of time our consultants have worked in a wide range of industry sectors and for clients of varied size and scope.
The extensive expert knowledge and experience that has been accumulated along the way ensures that Envirocare can offer your business the best possible stack testing service available, offering UKAS and MCERTS accreditation for every Environmental Agency ‘Standard Reference Method’ and many more besides.
Envirocare are known for the highest standards in stack emissions testing using only highly experienced accredited staff and equipment. Envirocare have a full range of stack emissions monitoring accreditations and a bespoke Stack Emissions Monitoring Service.
Call us on 01274 738668 or fill out our quick and easy Envirocare Enquiry Form for any queries regarding stack testing, monitoring and analysis or if you feel that you could benefit from our services in this field.