Alberta's Air Monitoring Directive (AMD) sets out the requirements of ambient air and emission source monitoring and reporting air quality within Alberta. AMD consists of nine chapters with varying compliance dates:
- Ambient Air Monitoring Program Planning
- Ambient Monitoring Site Selection
- Monitoring Requirements and Equipment Technical Specifications
- Quality System
- Ambient Data Quality
The most recent major amendment to the AMD was dated December 16, 2016. As of February 2018, compliance with all of the chapters, except for reporting, has come into effect. The effective compliance date with the reporting requirements will be January 1, 2019. In summary, the industrial activities relevant to the following reporting requirements are subject to these requirements starting January 1, 2019:
- Monthly or annual reporting of ambient air monitoring data, depending on the type of monitoring device and monitored parameter as specified in the individual approval;
- Monthly reporting of emission data collected by continuous emission monitoring system (CEMS), or quarterly/annual reporting of emission data collected in other forms;
- Exceedance and performance reporting of events presenting exceedance of ambient air quality objective, significant interruption, damage or interference of a monitoring device, or other types of events that potentially could cause excess emissions and an adverse effect;
- Monthly or quarterly reporting of industrial operation for the purposes of evaluating the monitoring performed including ambient air monitoring, emissions monitoring, and/or other specific requirements set forth by the individual approval;
- Annual emission inventory reporting by release point; and
- Stack survey, relative accuracy test audit (RATA) and cylinder gas audit (CAG) on CEMS results reporting, as applicable.
All routine reporting listed above should be completed using the reporting forms.1 The frequency of routine reporting is generally specified in the individual approval. The draft versions of the reporting forms were released for public review from December 2016 to March 2017. Alberta Department of Environment and Parks (AEP) has posted the comments received for the reporting forms on December18, 2017. AEP summarized the received comments with responses and proposed updates to the specific form if a comment was accepted. The final forms are posted on the Air Monitoring Directive Toolbox webpage , under "Reporting" section. AEP has also updated the Frequently Asked Questions page on the website on February 9, 2018, with most of the updates made for reporting under Chapter 9 Reporting header.
Trinity Consultants can help you to understand and provide assistance to meet the applicable requirements under the AMD. If you have any questions regarding the AMD and how it relates to your facility, please contact Anna Henolson at (253) 867-5600.
1 Notification via phone or email is also considered acceptable for exceedance or potential excess emission reporting since immediate reporting is required under these circumstances.