Monitoring

Monitoring allows a facility to characterize the type and amount of hazards or pollutants being emitted to the environment or affecting the work area. Spring Environmental provides a wide variety of monitoring services to assist our clients in both regulatory compliance and the promotion of healthy work environments.

Source Testing

Source testing may be required as part of a facility’s permit to construct or air operating permit, or as a compliance mitigation requirement, and includes the characterization of pollutants being emitted from a specific source, typically using standard methods outlined by the Environmental Protection Agency under 40 CFR 60 Appendix A.

Spring Environmental can provide source testing services including the development of a source test plan, filing of intent-to-test notifications, coordination and design of testing, evaluation and result reporting of source emissions.

Project Examples:

  • Spokane Rock Products operates an asphalt plant located in Spokane, WA. In order to fulfill the plant’s air permit requirements, Spring Environmental coordinated source testing on the asphalt plant baghouse exhaust, including review and submittal of the source test plan and the final source test report to the regulatory agency.
  • Holy Family Hospital, located in Spokane, WA, operates an ethylene oxide sterilizer for on-site sterilization of surgical equipment, which is permitted under the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency. As required by the facility’s permit, Spring Environmental prepared and submitted source test plans and regulatory agency notifications, performed the source testing toverify the control efficiency of the ethylene oxide disposer, and submitted the reports.

Visible Emissions / Opacity Monitoring: EPA Methods 9 and 22

Visible Emissions Monitoring may be required only once, or on an ongoing basis according to a facility’s air permit requirements. Visible Emissions Training and Certification, known as smoke school, is required by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in order for an individual to be recognized as a qualified observer of stationary emissions sources.

Spring Environmental houses multiple staff trained, certified and experienced in Visible Emissions or Opacity Monitoring.

Project Examples:

  • Central Pre-Mix operates a rock crushing plant in Spokane, WA that required Visible Emissions Observations (Method 9) per 40 CFR 60 Subpart OOO. Spring Environmental performed Method 9 observations on 43 fugitive emissions sources to determine compliance with the facility’s permit and federal regulations.
  • Vaagen Bros. Lumber is a lumber mill located in Colville, WA. The facility includes a hog fuel boiler which generates steam for the lumber kilns. As a component of the source testing requirements, Spring Environmental performed a Method 9 Visible Emissions Observation of the hog fuel boiler during the source test and submitted the data to the regulatory agency.

Indoor Air Quality

In the past several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within our homes and other buildings can be more polluted than the outdoor air. Sources of indoor air pollution may include:

  • Environmental Tobacco Smoke
  • Combustion Contaminants from furnaces, generators, and gas or kerosene space heaters.
  • Toxics or Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from paints, stains, solvents, adhesives, wood preservatives, pesticides, cleaners and other pollutant containing materials.
  • Formaldehyde found in particle board, plywood, cabinetry, furniture and fabrics.
  • Soil gasses such as radon, sewer gasses or methane.
  • Particles and Fibers from printing, paper handling, combustion, outdoor sources, construction / renovation, vacuuming, or insulation.
  • Mold due to excessive moisture.

Spring Environmental provides monitoring and testing to identify potential indoor air quality problems and find solutions to create a safe and healthy indoor environment.

Project Examples:

  • Washington Court of Appeals…
  • Washington State Department of Transportation…

Toxics Exposure Monitoring

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established exposure limits for approximately 400 chemicals listed in Part 1910.1000 of the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Standard. Chemical exposure can result in acute as well as chronic illness.

Spring environmental can assist clients is evaluating personnel exposure levels to physical and chemical stresses in the workplace and establishing programs to insure personal exposure remains below regulated and recommended limits.

Project Examples:

  • Honeywell Electronics Materials…
  • Wheelabrator…

Noise and Sound Level Monitoring

High noise levels in the workplace may disrupt a workers concentration, leading to accidents. High noise levels can also result in damage to worker’s hearing, resulting in hearing loss.

Spring Environmental provides personal noise level monitoring as well as area sound level monitoring. Results are evaluated and engineering controls, administrative controls, and recommendations for personal protective equipment are incorporated into a facility’s Hearing Conservation Program.

Project Examples:

  • Adventurer…
  • Wheelabrator…