1) Editor's Note - Guest Author
Guest Author, Walter S. Smith, PE, DEE, co-authored EPA Reference
Methods 1-8 and developed the "F Factor" for the
EPA. Since leaving EPA in 1972, he continues to conduct Source
Sampling Workshops every year. He is an expert at reviewing
data, consulting to legal counsel, odor evaluation, expert
witnessing, quality assurance assistance of stack sampling
programs, and supervising complex stack sampling projects.
Walt is considered the "Grandfather of Stack Sampling".
2) Guest Author, Walter S. Smith, PE, DEE
Stack Testers Fingerprint
thing a buyer wants is to fail because of the tester. The
stack test should be void of the tester's fingerprints. Having
overseen stack testing for more than 10 years, I have found
the following disturbing facts:
of understanding of what the stack tester does, leaves the
buyer listening to the fastest talker. Without knowledge,
the buyer can only ask the tester if this is the best (right)
way and if it was a job well done.
squeeze on the stack sampling community has produced a lowering
in quality of the average test. The buyers concept is
to hire local to save on cost and lower response
time. This limits the playing field and quality.
in the volume of stack tests has also reduced the quality
of the stack tests. This is because the State reviewers are
overloaded and cannot help in quality control. Also, the stack
testing new hires are promoted more rapidly.
is not just determined by the price or the company hired,
but by the people on site. The most critical person in a stack
test is the on site test manager. The company will provide
organization, available equipment, and report organization,
but it is the people on site that collect the data. Garbage
in is garbage out. It is better to get an ugly report then
concerns as to quality usually start after discovering the
test has failed. Concern should have started with writing
the protocol. Once a tester is on site, the majority of the
cost of the job has been expended. This is the time to make
sure the tester does the job they were hired to do. Reviewing
the report only is an attempt to disqualify it.
about Walt's next workshop or consulting services:
or call him directly at (919)772-7843
welcomes your comments and suggestions. To submit your article
covering any aspect of the source emissions testing industry
3) Isokinetic Sampling Trains
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Equipment For Sale: Wed May 22 10:21:05 2002
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Asking about $2000 for it.
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