[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 16 (Tuesday, January 26, 2016)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-01560]
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Office of Research and Development; Ambient Air Monitoring
Reference and Equivalent Methods: Designation of a New Equivalent
AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
ACTION: Notice of the designation of a new equivalent method for
monitoring ambient air quality.
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) has designated, in accordance with 40 CFR part 53, one new
reference method for measuring concentrations of PM10 in the
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Vanderpool, Exposure Methods
and Measurement Division (MD-D205-03), National Exposure Research
Laboratory, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711.
Email: [email protected].
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with regulations at 40 CFR
part 53, the EPA evaluates various methods for monitoring the
concentrations of those ambient air pollutants for which EPA has
established National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQSs) as set
forth in 40 CFR part 50. Monitoring methods that are determined to meet
specific requirements for adequacy are designated by the EPA as either
reference or equivalent methods (as applicable), thereby permitting
their use under 40 CFR part 58 by States and other agencies for
determining compliance with the NAAQSs. A list of all reference or
equivalent methods that have been previously designated by EPA may be
found at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic/criteria.html.
The EPA hereby announces the designation of one new reference
method for measuring concentrations of a new equivalent method for
measuring pollutant concentrations of PM10 in the ambient
air. These designations are made under the provisions of 40 CFR part
53, as amended on August 31, 2011 (76 FR 54326-54341).
The new equivalent method for PM10 is an automated
monitoring method utilizing a measurement principle based on sample
collection by filtration and analysis by beta-ray attenuation and is
identified as follows:
EQPM-1215-226, ``Met One Instruments, Inc. E-BAM + Beta Attenuation
Mass Monitor - PM10 FEM Configuration,'' configured for 24
1-hour average measurements of PM10 by beta attenuation,
using a glass fiber filter tape roll (460130 or 460180), a sample flow
rate of 16.67 liters/min, with the standard (BX-802) EPA
PM10 inlet (meeting 40 CFR 50 Appendix L specifications) and
equipped with 9250 ambient temperature sensor. Instrument must be
operated in accordance with the E-BAM + Particulate Monitor operation
manual, revision 1 or later. This designation applies to
PM10 measurements only.
The application for equivalent method determination for the
PM10 method was received by the Office of Research and
Development on November 19, 2015. This monitor is commercially
available from the applicant, Met One Instruments, Inc., 1600
Washington Blvd., Grants Pass, OR 97526.
Representative test monitors have been tested in accordance with
the applicable test procedures specified in 40 CFR part 53, as amended
on August 31, 2011. After reviewing the results of those tests and
other information submitted by the applicant, EPA has determined, in
accordance with Part 53, that these methods should be designated as a
reference or equivalent method.
As a designated equivalent method, this method is acceptable for
use by states and other air monitoring agencies under the requirements
of 40 CFR part 58, Ambient Air Quality Surveillance. For such purposes,
the method must be used in strict accordance with the operation or
instruction manual associated with the method and subject to any
specifications and limitations (e.g., configuration or operational
settings) specified in the designated method description (see the
identification of the method above).
Use of the method also should be in general accordance with the
guidance and recommendations of applicable sections of the ``Quality
Assurance Handbook for Air Pollution Measurement Systems, Volume I,''
EPA/600/R-94/038a and ``Quality Assurance Handbook for Air Pollution
Measurement Systems, Volume II, Ambient Air Quality Monitoring
Program,'' EPA-454/B-13-003, (both available at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic/qalist.html). Provisions concerning modification of such methods
by users are specified under Section 2.8 (Modifications of Methods by
Users) of Appendix C to 40 CFR part 58.
Consistent or repeated noncompliance with any of these conditions
should be reported to: Director, Exposure Methods and Measurements
Division (MD-E205-01), National Exposure Research Laboratory, U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
Designation of this equivalent method is intended to assist the
States in establishing and operating their air quality surveillance
systems under 40 CFR part 58. Questions concerning the commercial
availability or technical aspects of the method should be directed to
Dated: January 19, 2016.
Director, National Exposure Research Laboratory.
[FR Doc. 2016-01560 Filed 1-25-16; 8:45 am]
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