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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 CountyAir 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

  • 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

  • MCAQD currently has no certification program

  • No recommendations permitted

  • List of recently-used test companies available on website


Pre-Test Site Surveys

Strongly recommended to avoid

surprises on the test day


Test Protocols

  • Complete and accurate submittal

  • Facility and test company representatives designated

  • Minimum requirements identified in Attachment 2 of guidelines


Test Protocol Submittal Forms

  • Complete and accurate submittal

  • Form available on the website


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

  • MCAQD conducts thorough review of each test protocol

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


Test Date Notifications

  • Two week prior notice required

  • Usually provided in test protocol


Performance Testing


Test Observations

  • MCAQD attempts to have an observer present at every test

  • Testing may occur without observer, if approved


Audit Samples

May be provided by MCAQD to

verify accuracy of

test company/lab procedures


Traverse Point Locations

Clearly marked in appropriate positions


Cyclonic Flow Checks

Conducted prior to test


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

  • Non-erasable ink

  • Properly labeled strip chart recordings


Time Keeping

Accurate start and stop times


Units of Measure

Proper and consistent

units of measure


Calibration Gases

  • Valid (non-expired) EPA Protocol Gases

  • Proper concentrations


Sample Times and Volumes

  • Minimum of 60 minutes per test run

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


Sample Identificationand Handling

  • Uniquely labeled samples

  • Maintain proper chain of custody

  • Special handling requirements identified on chain of custody


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

  • Pre-test leak checks recommended

  • Post-test leak checks required

  • Leakage rate must not exceed allowable rates


Records Retention

Five-year records retention applies to

field notes, laboratory analysis

and original data sheets


Test Reporting


Test Reports

  • Complete and accurate submittal

  • Facility and test company representatives designated

  • Minimum requirements identified in Attachment 4 of guidelines


Test Report Submittal Forms

  • Complete and accurate submittal

  • Form available on the website


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

  • MCAQD conducts thorough review of each test report

  • MCAQD provides written response to facility and test company


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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