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EPA Enhances Electronic Auditing (2/4/03)

EPA has announced that it is instituting new, enhanced electronic auditing procedures to "further improve the quality of the emissions data reported" for compliance with the Acid Rain and NOX Budget Programs. In a presentation at the 2003 Electric Utilities Environmental Conference in Tucson, Arizona, Ms. Theresa Alexander of the Clean Air Markets Division related that EPA was now performing numerous checks of the hourly data. She stated that the Agency was particularly focusing on incorrect bias adjustment factor (BAF) application, addressing missed or belated QA/QC, assessing calibration gas values, and assuring that annual adjustments are made to analyzer MPC/span/range values, as needed. Ms Alexander said that EPA recently sent out over 100 emails to sources with reporting problems, including about 30 with misapplied BAFs, and hopes to establish some sort of "benchmark analysis" to identify the sources that exhibit ongoing problems. A copy of a brief description of the provided new electron auditing capabilities by EPA is available rom our FTP Library.

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