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Performance Test Overview
Kathy Houed
Performance Test Supervisor
Maricopa County
Air Quality Department
What is a Performance Test?
Physical measurement of emissions
Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Protecting our most vital natural resource - air
Why is Testing Required?
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Demonstrate proper installation and
operation of equipment
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Demonstrate compliance with
emission limits and/or regulatory
requirements
Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Protecting our most vital natural resource - air
Who Needs to Conduct a
Performance Test?
• A wide variety of industries and
equipment types
• Permit conditions will specify the need
Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Protecting our most vital natural resource - air
How Frequently Must Testing
be Conducted?
• Typically once every five years
• Oftentimes more frequently for Title V
permits, synthetic minor permits, or
where required by specific rules or
regulations
• May be required by the control officer
when deemed necessary
Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Protecting our most vital natural resource - air
What Pollutants are Included
in Testing?
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Particulate matter (PM or PM10)
Volatile organic compounds
Oxides of nitrogen
Carbon monoxide
Hydrogen chloride
Hydrogen fluoride
Others
Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Protecting our most vital natural resource - air
Where in the Rules
is Testing Discussed?
• Rule 270
• Industry or pollutant-specific rules
Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Protecting our most vital natural resource - air
What are the Benefits of
Conducting a Performance Test?
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Demonstrate compliance
Assure properly functioning equipment
Verify manufacturer’s guarantee
Assure proper equipment tuning
Possibly lower reported annual
emissions
Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Protecting our most vital natural resource - air
What is Involved in the
Performance Test Process?
1. Identify the requirement for a test
2. Define objectives based on permit conditions and
applicable regulations
3. Contact test companies to obtain quotes
4. Select a test company
5. Submit a separate test protocol for each piece of
equipment to be tested to the department at least 30
days prior to testing (time may vary)
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Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Protecting our most vital natural resource - air
What is Involved in the
Performance Test Process?
6. The department will review the test protocol and
issue a written response with comments and/or
clarifications
7. Notify the department of the proposed test date at
least two weeks prior to testing
8. Conduct the performance test
9. Submit a test report to the department within 30 days
following the test (time may vary)
10.The department will review the test report and issue
a written response with a compliance determination
Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Protecting our most vital natural resource - air
Are Performance Test Guidelines
Available?
www.maricopa.gov/aq/divisions/compliance/air/resources.aspx#guide
Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Protecting our most vital natural resource - air
13 Tips for a Successful
Performance Test
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Read and follow the Air Quality Performance Test
Guidelines
Plan and schedule tests early
Conduct an on-site pre-test survey with the test
company to determine test elements
Submit a separate test protocol and test report for
each test to be conducted
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Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Protecting our most vital natural resource - air
13 Tips for a Successful
Performance Test
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Refrain from performing any non-scheduled
maintenance or changes to the system for at least
two weeks prior to the test
Verify in advance that all monitoring
instrumentation is installed and working properly
Confirm duct and stack accessibility in advance by
removing caps from existing sample ports
Review the facility’s safety requirements and
procedures.
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Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Protecting our most vital natural resource - air
13 Tips for a Successful
Performance Test
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Conduct a pre-test, if desired, to verify acceptable
equipment operation
Inform all affected personnel of the test schedule
Coordinate testing with production
Determine who will record all necessary process
and control equipment data
Maintain contact between the facility and test team
throughout testing
Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Protecting our most vital natural resource - air
How can a source find a
legitimate test company?
View list of test companies in Air Quality
Performance Test Guidelines
Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Protecting our most vital natural resource - air
Five Tips for Selecting
a Test Company
1. Start the process early
2. Know what you want from the test team
3. Verify the test company can meet the timeframe
requirement
4. Obtain at least two or three bids and make sure that
you are comparing equivalent bids
Testing for the same pollutants
Test runs that are of the same duration
Scaffolding or lift equipment
Generator services
Pre-test
Consultation services
5. Ask for references from other sources
Maricopa County Air Quality Department
Protecting our most vital natural resource - air
Kathy Houed
Rob Arpino
Quyen Nguyen
Lorna Lynum
(602) 506-6903
(602) 506-6737
(602) 506-6904
(602) 372-1702
Maricopa County
Air Quality Department
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