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RMB Utility/Industry CEMS Training Programs

RMB's comprehensive, 3-day CEMS Users Training Program addresses Acid Rain,NSPS and MATS Rule CEM requirements that are applicable to the electric utility industry. This is our most popular training package and is offered twice per year (Spring and Fall) near our home office in Raleigh, NC.  The training is presented by RMB's CEM experts including:  Ralph Roberson, Steve Norfleet, Dru Sanders, Jack Martin, Mike O'Connell, Rob Barton, Robert Bivens, William Roberson, and Bethany White.  NOTE: While this comprehensive training program is offered at our location, it can be specifically structured to meet an individual company's needs and performed at the client's site.  Please contact RMB for more details.


October 8-10, 2019
Registration Now Open

Embassy Suites (Brier Creek)

Raleigh, North Carolina

The training program is conducted in a classroom presentation format that includes updates on the Acid Rain Program and other regulatory issues of interest to electric utilities and other industries using CEMS. The focus of the course will be on CEM fundamentals and how to successfully operate Part 75 CEMS programs.  In addition, compliance requirements of the EGU MATS Rule will be covered. The following agenda presents the specific topics covered in this training program.  NOTE: RMB has now confirmed dates for the Fall Course in 2019.  The dates for RMB's next CEMS Training Course will be October 8-10, 2019.  Additional information can be found below.  Current registration and hotel accomodation information has been updated and is available.  Click here to download a copy of the training brochure and registration



October 8-10, 2019

Anticipated Topics

Workshop Introduction

Historical and Regulatory Overview of CEMS

  • Acid Rain
  • NSPS
  • MACT

Part 75 Audit Requirements

  • Relative Accuracy and Bias
  • Daily and Quarterly QA/QC
  • Certification Testing

Appendix D&E Monitoring and Reporting Requirements

Part 60 Audit Requirements

CEMS Performance Indicators and Incentives

Part 75 Rule Revisions and Updates

CEMS Fundamentals

  • Units of Measurement
  • Conversions
  • Equations and Calculations

Gas and Flow CEMS Technology

  • Straight Extractive Systems
  • Dilution Extractive Systems
  • In-situ Systems
  • SO2, NOX, CO2 and O2 Monitoring - Principles of Measurement
  • Flow Monitoring Principles of Measurement
NOX Budget, Clean Air Interstate and Cross-State Air Pollution Rules

Opacity COMS Technology

QA/QC Requirements following Maintenance

  • Corrective and Preventative Maintenance
  • Diagnostic Test Events
  • Recertification Test Events

QA Plans and QA/QC Program Requirements

Part 75 Quarterly Reports and EDRs

CEMS Calibration Gases

Greenhouse Gas Rule

Affordable Clean Energy Rule (aka ACE) - Clean Power Plan Replacement



Mercury Monitoring (Hg CEMS and Sorbent Trap Monitors)

  • Certification and QA/QC Requirements
  • NIST Traceability

Particulate Matter Monitoring (PM CEMS)

HCl Monitoring (HCl CEMS)

Quarterly Testing Options/LEE Qualification

Work Practice Standards

MATS Reporting/Notification Requirements


Vendor Exhibition/Social

October 9, 2019 - Wednesday (4:00pm-5:30pm)


Past Vendors (subject to change)

Air Liquid
Apex Instruments
B3 Systems
C.E.M. Solutions
Clean Air Engineering
Enthalpy Analytical
Environmental Supply Company, Inc.
Environmental Systems Corporation
M&C Products
MSI Systems
Teledyne Monitor Labs, Inc.
Thermo Environmental Instruments
Tiger Optics
VIM Technologies 

RMB Training Staff

Ralph Roberson
Steve Norfleet
Dru Sanders
Jack Martin
Mike O'Connell
Robert Bivens
Robert Barton
William Roberson
Bethany White

Previous Participants Comments

RMB's previous CEMS Users Training Programs were very well received by the electric utility and industry CEMS users attending. Participants typically include power plant environmental personnel and instrument technicians. We have also had Designated Representatives, attorneys, and environmental regulators attend. Select comments from the participant's "Course Assessment Evaluations" were:

  • "This course was one of the best organized and informative from a practical standpoint. The book (course manual) is much appreciated and useful"
  • "I enjoyed and benefited from the training. I've recommended it for others in my company"
  • "Good mix of information presented - some highly technical and some more basic. It all worked for me and was well worth my time"
  • "Well organized course and appeared well practiced. Instructors have excellent knowledge of the subjects"
  • "I thought the course content was of good quality and I would recommend the course to others involved in CEMS programs with the electric utility industry"
  • "Very good class. I will recommend this course"

Cost and Registration Information

The cost for the 3-day training program is $1,399.  Payment may be made by check or credit card.  The total cost includes a $250 non-refundable registration fee, tuition, an extensive workshop training manual including current regulatory material, coffee breaks, and three lunches. Note: this does not include travel costs or hotel accommodations.  For more information on host site accommodations, please click the following link: Fall 2019 Session Hotel Accommodations

Click here to download a copy of the training brochure and registration. Make your reservations early. Attendance will be limited so that everyone will have an opportunity to fully participate. Further information may be obtained from Robert Bivens at (919) 791-3133 or Stacey Pierce at (919) 791-3120. You can also email Robert Bivens at bivens@rmb-consulting.com or Stacey Pierce at pierce@rmb-consulting.com

Additional RMB Training

RMB offers a variety of training programs in technology areas such as Continuous Emission Monitoring (CEM), Electrostatic Precipitator (ESP) operation and maintenance, combustion optimization and NOX reduction. These training programs are offered at our location or at the client's site and can be specifically structured to individual company needs.

CEM Program Audit Training

Flow Rate Method Training


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