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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
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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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