Information Collection Request (ICR) for Petroleum Refinery Sector

New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and National Emission

Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) Residual Risk and Technology Review

On September 29, 2010, the U.S. EPA published a notice in the Federal Register announcing their intentions to gather information and emissions data from the Petroleum Refinery Sector. On February 2, EPA submitted the ICR to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for final review and approval. The Information Collection request (ICR) is being conducted to assist the EPA in determining if the current Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources (NSPS) and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) should be revised.

The proposed ICR has four components of which one, component IV, requires emissions testing at 94-96 selected emissions sources. Because the information that is being collected as part of this ICR will be used to re-evaluate NSPS and NESHAP rules that affect refineries, sources will be required to conduct source emissions testing for both criteria pollutants and hazardous air pollutants.

TestAmerica's laboratories in Knoxville, TN and West Sacramento, CA. have provided testing services for compliance events at more than 300 of the most challenging thermal units in the country including refineries, hazardous waste combustors, boilers, furnaces, utilities, cement kilns, and incinerators. Both laboratories have been providing a full suite of source emissions testing services for more than 20 years.

As presently proposed, the Petroleum Refinery Sector ICR will require a complex sampling and analysis plan. TestAmerica is ready to assist you if your company is required to conduct emissions testing.

Laboratory Support by TestAmerica

TestAmerica offers the most comprehensive array of testing methods and services in the industry. Services include the analysis of stationary source emissions, ambient air emissions and consulting and quality assurance oversight services. Experience includes:

Trial and performance burns in support of RCRA, TSCA and CAA MACT regulations

Trial burns to permit hazardous waste combustors

Testing in support of the Utility, PVC, vinyl, secondary aluminum and phosphate ICRs

Air analyses for risk assessment and destruction removal efficiencies

Monitoring cement kilns, medical waste incinerators and municipal waste incinerators

Analyses for demonstrations of alternate technologies

Stack sample analyses for chemical demilitarization sites

TestAmerica utilizes US EPA, CARB, ASTM, SW-846, SCAQMD and 40 CFR 60 procedures as the basis for providing solutions to the challenges presented by complex source testing matrices. These challenges can include:

Providing analysis of multiple parameters from a single sampling train

Providing ultra-low detection limits for risk assessments

Supporting special sample preparation and cleanup techniques

Overcoming matrix interferences

Supporting specialty analytical services


Our Comprehensive suite of source testing services includes:

Volatile Organic Sampling Trains by 0030/5041/8260B & 0031/5041/8260B

• Semi-Volatile Organics by 0010/3542/8270C

• PCB Congeners by 0010/3542/1668A

• Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons by 0010/3542/HRGC/LRMS

• Total Chromatographical Organics/Gravimetric by 0010/3542/EPA TCO/Grav

• Dioxins/Furans by 0023A/8290 and Method 23

• Multi-metals trains by 0060/6010B/7471A

• Multi-metals trains by Method 29/6010B/7471A, including Ontario Hydro for mercury speciation

• Anion Impinger Solutions (HCl, Br-,F-,Cl-) by 0050/9056/9057

• Hexavalent Chromium by SW0061/7199

• Various particulate methods

Analysis of process samples for volatiles, semi-volatiles, metals, and physical parameters such as BTU, Density, Halogens, Viscosity, and Ash content

Information on TestAmerica Knoxville's source emission testing services can be found at: /services/source-air-testing.aspx


Contact Information

TestAmerica Knoxville Laboratory
5815 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN 37921


TestAmerica West Sacramento Laboratory
880 Riverside Parkway
West Sacramento, CA 95605

Dr. William Anderson
Senior Chemical and Analytical Project Consultant

Mr. Robert Weidenfeld
Senior Project Manager




View as PDF: ICRCoalnOil.pdf