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Maricopa County Air Quality Department. Performance Test Specifics Rob Arpino Environmental Engineering Specialist. Test Planning. Maricopa County Air Quality Department Protecting our most vital natural resource - air. Test Methods. EPA test methods preferred

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Maricopa county air quality department

Maricopa CountyAir Quality Department

Performance Test Specifics

Rob Arpino

Environmental Engineering Specialist


Test planning
Test Planning

Maricopa County Air Quality Department

Protecting our most vital natural resource - air


Test methods
Test Methods

  • EPA test methods preferred

  • Other methods such as CARB and BAAQMD may be acceptable

  • All deviations must receive prior approval

Maricopa County Air Quality Department

Protecting our most vital natural resource - air


Test companies
Test Companies

  • MCAQD currently has no certification program

  • No recommendations permitted

  • List of recently-used test companies available on website


Pre test site surveys
Pre-Test Site Surveys

Strongly recommended to avoid

surprises on the test day


Test protocols
Test Protocols

  • Complete and accurate submittal

  • Facility and test company representatives designated

  • Minimum requirements identified in Attachment 2 of guidelines


Test protocol submittal forms
Test Protocol Submittal Forms

  • Complete and accurate submittal

  • Form available on the website


Confidentiality claims
Confidentiality Claims

  • Submit notice of confidentiality pursuant to ARS §49-487(c)

  • Submit both a public and confidential version of test protocol


Test protocol reviews
Test Protocol Reviews

  • MCAQD conducts thorough review of each test protocol

  • MCAQD will provide a written response to facility and test company


Test date notifications
Test Date Notifications

  • Two week prior notice required

  • Usually provided in test protocol



Test observations
Test Observations

  • MCAQD attempts to have an observer present at every test

  • Testing may occur without observer, if approved


Audit samples
Audit Samples

May be provided by MCAQD to

verify accuracy of

test company/lab procedures


Traverse point locations
Traverse Point Locations

Clearly marked in appropriate positions


Cyclonic flow checks
Cyclonic Flow Checks

Conducted prior to test


Number of test runs
Number of Test Runs

  • Generally, three test runs are required (some exceptions apply)

  • MCAQD may approve test results based on two runs under certain circumstances


Data documentation
Data Documentation

  • Non-erasable ink

  • Properly labeled strip chart recordings


Time keeping
Time Keeping

Accurate start and stop times


Units of measure
Units of Measure

Proper and consistent

units of measure


Calibration gases
Calibration Gases

  • Valid (non-expired) EPA Protocol Gases

  • Proper concentrations


Sample times and volumes
Sample Times and Volumes

  • Minimum of 60 minutes per test run

  • Minimum of 30 dry standard cubic feet (dscf) per test run


Sample identification and handling
Sample Identificationand Handling

  • Uniquely labeled samples

  • Maintain proper chain of custody

  • Special handling requirements identified on chain of custody


Detection limits
Detection Limits

  • Attempt to obtain results greater than the analytical detection limit

  • Use detection limit in cases where non-detectable results are obtained


Leak checks
Leak Checks

  • Pre-test leak checks recommended

  • Post-test leak checks required

  • Leakage rate must not exceed allowable rates


Records retention
Records Retention

Five-year records retention applies to

field notes, laboratory analysis

and original data sheets



Test reports
Test Reports

  • Complete and accurate submittal

  • Facility and test company representatives designated

  • Minimum requirements identified in Attachment 4 of guidelines


Test report submittal forms
Test Report Submittal Forms

  • Complete and accurate submittal

  • Form available on the website


Confidentiality claims1
Confidentiality Claims

  • Submit notice of confidentiality pursuant to ARS §49-487(c)

  • Submit both a public and confidential version of test report


Test report reviews
Test Report Reviews

  • MCAQD conducts thorough review of each test report

  • MCAQD provides written response to facility and test company


Maricopa county air quality department1

Maricopa CountyAir Quality Department

Kathy Houed (602) 506-6903

Rob Arpino (602) 506-6737

Quyen Nguyen (602) 506-6904

Lorna Lynum (602) 372-1702


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