LASSEN COUNTY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT

RULE 6:9 - AIR QUALITY IMPACT ANALYSIS

The following table is provided as a screening method to estimate the worst case air quality impact of carbon monoxide, particulate matter, oxides of sulfur and oxides of nitrogen of a proposed point source without the use of sophisticated modeling techniques. For oxidant, or where another source with unknown impact is being constructed in the affected area, or if the values obtained from this method approach the ambient air quality standards or increments established pursuant to this rule, modeling may be required at the discretion of the APCO to determine more precisely if a violation could occur. In such instances the models, data bases, and other requirements specified in EPA's Guidelines on Air Quality models (OAQPS 1.2080) must be used. The use of alternative models requires concurrence of the executive office of the ARB and the regional administrator of EPA.

The effective stack height should be calculated for use with the impact table. The effective stack height is the height of the proposed stack plus the expected plume rise. Since the plume rise may vary under different operating conditions, the table should be used with several projected effective stack heights to determine which would represent worst case conditions. If the proposed stack height is higher than is dictated by good engineering practices, the effective stack height for use with the impact table should be calculated as if the stack had been designed according to good engineering practices.

Using the impact table, determine the estimated downwind concentrations by reading the value which corresponds to the effective stack height and source strength of the proposed source. The table also provides the estimated distance from the source to the point of maximum ground level impact. If the precise effective stack height for the proposed source is not listed, interpolation can be used to determine the approximate downwind concentration.

Example - To determine the downwind concentrations attributable to a proposed source with an effective stack height of 45 meters and a source strength of 137 lb/hr;

  1. Use 40 meter stack height
  2. Source strength lies between max. 1 hr. concentrations values for 120 lb/hr = 1300 ug/m3 and 140 lb/hr = 120 lb/hr + 20 lb/hr = 1300 ug/m3 + 220 ug/m3 = 1520 ug/m3
  3. Interpolate

x ug/m3 =

(1520 - 1300)

x (137 - 120) + 1300
   


   
   

140 - 120

   
= 1478 ug/m3 (this estimated maximum one-hour concentration for the proposed 137 lb/hr source is to be added to ambient concentration levels).
Values for maximum concentrations for 3 hour, 8 hour, and 24 hour may be obtained by multiplying the 1 hour concentrations by following factors: 3 hour = O.9; 8 hr = 0.8; 24 hr = 0.4.

WORST CASE ESTIMATES OF POINT SOURCE AIR QUALITY IMPACTS

Stack Height (m)

Downwind Distances to

Maximum Estimated Concentration
(m)

ESTIMATE MAXIMUM ONE-HOUR CONCENTRATIONS (µg/m3)


SOURCE STRENGTH

.

 .

5 lb/hr

10 lb/hr

20 lb/hr 

40 lb/hr 

80 lb/hr 

120 lb/hr 

 5

 <100

3150

6300

12800

25200

50400 

 75700

10 

100 

945 

1890 

3840 

7560 

15120 

22700 

15 

150 

380 

760 

1530 

3020 

6040 

9080 

20 

200 

220 

440 

900 

1760 

3530 

5300 

30 

300 

90 

190 

380 

760 

1510 

2270 

40 

200

to

400 

50 

110 

220 

430 

870 

1300 

50

 250

to

450

40

70

150

290

580

880

70

350

20

40

80

170