ATI staff have worked on a number of various air quality related tasks
for the private industry and the public sector. A few examples of such work are mentioned
Newspaper Printing Permits
A major newspaper in the Los Angeles area was planning to open a new
facility. The individuals in charge of scheduling the project had underestimated the time
it took to obtain the equipment permits. ATI was hired to help obtain the permits and
expedite the process. Within a few days the AQMD application submittal package was ready.
Nine days after the applications were submitted to the AQMD, the permits for the entire
plant were issued.
Natural Gas Engine Permits
A manufacturing/processing facility had decided to install a natural
gas engine to provide electricity for the entire plant. Most consultants they had spoken
with, had expressed unwillingness to take on the job of permitting such a large gas
engine. Mainly because no such engine had been permitted in this area in recent memory.
ATI took on the challenge. Working with the engine and the control equipment
manufacturers, it was established that this engine can indeed operate in compliance with
all SCAQMD rules and regulations. The equipment was permitted soon after filing the
application. Since then Southern California Gas Company has expressed interest in working
with ATI in other similar projects and their environmental and marketing staff is in
contact with ATI on a regular basis.
Risk Assessment at Folsom State Prison
ATI has recently been awarded the contract to conduct a health risk
assessment of the Folsom State prison in Represa California. The prison includes various
manufacturing operations and a number of power generating and heating equipment. The
effects of the air emissions were assessed (carcinogenic and non-carcinogenic substances
emissions) for the inmate population, in addition to the prison support staff, who live on
the premises. EPA software were used to perform the modeling analyses.
Environmental Audit of a Printing Facility
During the audit of a large printing operation, it was discovered that
some of the substances that they used in their operation, exceeded the SCAQMD limits for
graphic arts materials. They were notified of the findings and switched to compliant
materials promptly. It was also discovered that they had been using ozone depleting
materials that must have been reported under federal guidelines. That was taken care of
immediately, and ATI assisted them in the filing of all the necessary reports.
New Degreasing Technology
A manufacturer of metal degreasing equipment had come up with a new
degreasing technology which had never been used in the South Coast region before. ATI was
hired to evaluate the system and permit the first system with the South Coast AQMD. Within
weeks following the filing of the application and the supporting information with the
SCAQMD, the degreasing system was permitted for the first time. Since that time, the
manufacturer of the system has asked ATI to assist other potential purchasers of the
system to obtain the necessary permits. ATI is also helping to obtain BACT status for the
subject system with the SCAQMD.
Continuous Emissions Monitoring System (CEMS) Project
A food processing plant in Los Angeles was required by the SCAQMD to
install Continuous Emissions Monitoring Systems on three pieces of equipment that were
considered Major Sources under the SCAQMD's RECLAIM Program. ATI wrote the specs,
specifying clearly what was required under the applicable regulations. Then contacted five
qualified and reputable CEMS vendors and obtained proposals from all of them. ATI assisted
the client in selecting the equipment and the vendor that best suited their operation.
Following the selection of the CEMS, ATI prepared the CEMS Plan, CEMS applications, and
Quality Assurance / Quality Control (QA/QC) Plan for the facility and submitted them to
SCAQMD for review and approval.
Source test companies were also contacted by ATI to prepare the CEMS
testing protocol for AQMD's approval, and to conduct the certification tests.
Semiconductor Equipment Permits
ATI was asked by an international Aerospace/Electronics manufacturer to
assist in securing two permits for the alterations of two semiconductor manufacturing
systems. The client needed to obtain the permits quickly in order to remain in compliance,
without disrupting and interfering with the company's production schedules. Having had
extensive experience with the evaluation of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, ATI
prepared the application submittal package, and within weeks, secured the permits. ATI
maintained contact with the SCAQMD processing engineers and reviewing staff through out
the entire permitting process. In that way, questions and concerns were addressed
expeditiously, resulting in the quick issuance of the permits.
Container Manufacturer Mixer/Baghouse
ATI was asked by a major container (corrugated boxes) manufacturer to
conduct a facility environmental audit. During the audit, among other things, ATI staff
discovered that a starch mixing system was operating without the required permit. The
client requested that ATI assist in obtaining the permit. During the evaluation of the
mixing system, it was noted that the emissions were at high enough levels to require a
baghouse for the control of the particulate emissions resulting from the dumping of starch
powder into the mixing tank. ATI then helped the company to find a suitable baghouse as
the control system. ATI helped in the design of the basic components of the baghouse to
ensure compliance with the applicable SCAQMD rules, and secured the permits for the mixing
tank and the baghouse.
Boiler Compliance Plan for Community College
A community college in the Los Angeles area had been issued a Notice of
Violation by the SCAQMD Compliance staff for not complying with rules 1146 and 1146.1. The
facility uses a number of boiler in buildings on campus for heating and other purposes.
ATI was hired to prepare the required Compliance Plans for each rule. The equipment was
inspected by ATI staff and matched against the respective permits. Problems were resolved
following meetings with SCAQMD Compliance staff. The Plans were prepared and submitted,
and later on, approved by the AQMD.
Scrap Metal Shredding & Classifying Plant
A scrap metal shredding and classifying plant had a number of older
permits, with each system including a large number of individual pieces of equipment
spread out over a wide area. The systems had been altered many times over the years, but
the company had failed to notify the regulatory authorities of the modifications. ATI was
hired to go through all systems and draw new block flow diagrams of the systems that
eventually helped in the applications for alterations of the systems to be filed and
Relocation of Facility
A client with a large number of SCAQMD permits at their facility had
decided to move to a new location and take all the equipment with them. A quick audit of
the facility was conducted by ATI staff. The effects and implications of the SCAQMD rules
and regulations were studied and explained to the client. The provisions of the New Source
Review regulation were especially important. ATI made sure that the requirements for
"relocated equipment" were met, and as a result, the company was able to carry
all their New Source Review balance (entire facility's emissions) to the new location. ATI
filed applications for permits at the new location and successfully obtained the permits.