Alberta Air Monitoring Directive: Compliance 2/1/18 – Reporting 1/1/19.

March 30, 2018

Alberta’s Air Monitoring Directive (AMD) sets out the requirements of ambient air and emission source monitoring and reporting air quality within Alberta. The most recent major amendment to Alberta’s AMD was dated December 16, 2016. As of February 2018, compliance with all of the AMD’s chapters, except for reporting, has come into effect. The effective compliance date with the reporting requirements will be January 1, 2019 according to this Trinity Consultants report.

As of February 2018, compliance with all of the chapters, except for reporting, has come into effect. Alberta’s Air Monitoring Directive consists of nine chapters:

  • Introduction
  • Ambient Air Monitoring Program Planning
  • Ambient Monitoring Site Selection
  • Monitoring Requirements and Equipment Technical Specifications
  • Quality System
  • Ambient Data Quality
  • Calibration
  • Audit
  • Reporting

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.

What this means to you
As of February 2018, compliance with all of Alberta’s Air Monitoring Directive chapters has come into effect. The effective compliance date with the reporting requirements will be January 1, 2019.

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