NORTH COAST UNIFIED AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT

SECTION 4

MEDICAL WASTE INCINERATORS


RULE 4-500 - DETERMINATION OF COMPLIANCE AND TEST METHOD

  1. For purposes of demonstrating compliance with Rule 4-400(b), the owner or operator of a category III medical waste incinerator shall conduct not less than two source tests in each calendar year for emissions of dioxins. After two consecutive source tests demonstrate compliance, the Air Pollution Control Officer may reduce the frequency of source testing to once per calendar year, at his discretion.

  2. To demonstrate compliance with Rule 4-400(b)(1), emissions shall be sampled simultaneously from the stack and from the flue at a location downstream of the last combustion chamber and before the control equipment.

  3. To demonstrate compliance with Rule 4-400(b)(2), source testing shall be conducted at the stack.

  4. The owner or operator of a category II medical waste incinerator shall conduct at least one source test per year to determine emissions of dioxins from the incinerator, and report the results to the District no later than November 19, 1992 and each November thereafter.

  5. Emissions of dioxins shall be determined using ARB Test Method 428. A minimum of three sampling runs shall be conducted for each source test, and results analyzed separately.

  6. In addition to emissions rates of dioxins and dibenzofurans, reports of source test results shall include the following information: total waste charged (by weight); moisture content; paper content; plastic content; total amounts of waste that are infectious, pathological, hazardous or radioactive; supplemental fuel charged during the test; and such other information as the air pollution control officer may require.

  7. Source testing shall be conducted at a firing rate within five percent of the maximum waste firing capacity allowed by the permit to operate.

  8. The owner or operator shall provide the District with at least two (2) copies of each source test report, and shall provide proof of delivery of at least one copy of each source test report to the Air Resources Board.