EH&S Compliance Services

CAPACCIO’s air quality experts have over 20 years of experience providing innovative, cost-effective solutions for air quality compliance and emissions control.  Our experience includes; air compliance audits, air emissions inventories, air quality permitting, dispersion modeling, filing of air emission reports, completion of Best Available Control Technology (BACT) analyses, and engineering of air pollution control systems.

CAPACCIO’s extensive experience working with regulatory agencies, as well as our ability to meet deadlines, staffing requirements, and a structured and efficient approach to application filing with detailed back-up data and calculations, helps facilitate future reporting and recordkeeping.

CAPACCIO will work with you to create a plan that identifies the applicability of air regulations to your facility and its processes. We’ll determine how well your facility is demonstrating compliance and recommend what changes, if any, should be implemented.

CAPACCIO's air quality control experience includes:

  • Air Emissions Reporting
    CAPACCIO assists our clients in filing required air emission reports as required by issued air permits, or state regulatory requirements.  These reports document was to document the processes, equipment, and associated emissions from their operation during the reporting year.  The reports are filed via mail and, more commonly, electronically utilizing state forms or online submittal tools. We work with our clients to assure that the data they collect accurately reflects how their emissions need to be calculated and reported to the state.

    Textile Manufacturer
    MassDEP Source Registration
    CAPACCIO has been assisting this client for many years in filing their annual source registration submittal with the MassDEP.  The reports are filed for multiple facilities utilizing the MassDEP’s electronic filing system called eDEP.  Utilizing a customized material use and emission calculation database designed by CAPACCIO for the client, we have streamlined the submittal process so that the data can be collected and the report filed in weeks, instead of months as had previously been required.

    Decorative Metal Prodcuts Manufacturer
    RIDEM Air Inventory Report
    CAPACCIO worked with this client to develop a Microsoft Excel tracking tool for use in collecting process and material use data for its processes and control devices.  In particular, the tool calculates the amount of state regulated air toxics that are emitted from the metal treatment processes (primarily acid etching).   Special Excel sheets were created to report the emission in a format consistent with state required forms.
  • Greenhouse Gas Reporting

    Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting
    CAPACCIO has completed mandatory GHG report filings for multiple companies in accordance with MassDEP reporting requirements. Companies included a semiconductor wafer production facility, an electronics equipment manufacturer, a waste to energy landfill, a food processing facility, a paper mill, a textile finishing company, and a sporting goods equipment manufacturer. The reports included a review of facility operations, identification of GHG emission sources, development of methodologies for collection of data, and calculation of emissions.  The reports relied heavily on the Climate Registry’s General Reporting Protocol as required by MassDEP regulation and were submitted electronically utilizing the Climate Registry Information System (CRIS).

    Environmental Protection Agency
    Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Assistance
    CAPACCIO assisted multiple clients in determining the applicability of the EPA’s mandatory GHG reporting rule (40 CFR 98) to their operations, as well as the filing of reports if applicable.  The work included defining the industry sector for determination of subpart applicability, estimation of GHG emissions for applicability utilizing subpart guidance, and final determination of applicability.  CAPACCIO has assisted clients that meet the applicability requirements in filing their GHG reports utilizing the EPA’s electronic Greenhouse Gas Tool
    (e-GGRT).  Industries assisted included stationary fuel combustion sources (subpart C), electricity production (subpart D), the electronics industry (subpart I), pulp and paper manufacturing (subpart AA), Electrical Transmission and Distribution Equipment Use (subpart DD), and Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (subpart HH).  Work included development of rule applicability calculation spreadsheets and drafting of applicability memorandums for clients.
  • Greenhouse Gas Inventories

    Sporting Goods Equipment Manufacturer
    Greenhouse Gas Emissions Survey
    CAPACCIO conducted a GHG emissions survey for a client that manufactures sporting goods equipment.  The survey included a complete review of facility operations at two manufacturing plants.  A physical inventory of the plants was conducted and interviews of staff performed.  The findings of the survey were delivered to the client in a report that identified the plants GHG emissions sources, estimated actual GHG emissions, and the applicability of the Massachusetts and EPA mandatory GHG reporting rules to the plants.  Additional work included research on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the use of isocyanate coatings at the plants.  This work entailed discussion with coating manufacturers and chemists at the plants.  A chemical mass balance model was created to calculate CO2 emissions based on coating use.

    World Leader in Silicon Innovation and Developer of Processor Technologies
    Greenhouse Gas Reporting
    CAPACCIO oversaw the completion of GHG reporting for this client’s facility located in Massachusetts. Reporting was required in the state of Massachusetts as well as for the EPA. CAPACCIO conducted audits, compiled inventories of all potential GHG emission sources, and identified the records and resources available to provide the necessary information for report completion.

    Following submittal of the GHG reports, the company was provided with copies of all information gathered and compiled in preparation for the reports, along with summaries of the calculations and estimating methods used to complete the emissions inventory and reporting required. This information was presented in a single document for future verification use.
  • Air Audits / Emission Inventories
    Our air compliance audits review facility processes and equipment in order to identify the applicability of state and federal air pollution control regulations. The applicability review identifies air emission sources at the facility and assesses the level of emissions from identified equipment and processes as well as the facility as a whole. In instances where exemptions to permitting are allowed, a review of the exemption requirements is conducted to assure that the facility is meeting and documenting compliance to those requirements.  An applicability and compliance report is presented to the client that identifies applicable air regulations, the facility’s compliance to them, and the required recordkeeping or reporting requirements to demonstrate continued compliance.

    World Life Science Leader in Bioscience Research and Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing
    Air Audit
    CAPACCIO conducted an air compliance audit at this client’s New Hampshire facility to determine the facility’s regulatory compliance to applicable state and federal air pollution control regulations. The review included new source performance standards (NSPS), stratospheric ozone protection, National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting, and prevention and significant deterioration and Title V GHG Tailoring Rule.

    Massachusetts College
    Air Permit Review
    In anticipation of a planned expansion and upgrade, CAPACCIO reviewed the client’s facility operations and air permitting status to determine the facility’s permit needs for the future. The client operates fuel utilization equipment under a Restricted Emission Status (RES) permit issued by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) which limited air pollutant emissions from the combustion of fuels to less than major source levels.

    CAPACCIO reviewed the existing facility operations to determine compliance to issued air plan approvals.  CAPACCIO also determined the applicability of MassDEP air pollution control regulations to equipment and facility operations. CAPACCIO conducted up to two one day visits to tour the buildings and identify sources of air emissions, to review installed fuel utilization equipment (e.g. boilers, heaters, and emergency generators) and plans for future expansion related to air emissions, and review onsite records pertaining to air permitting and tracking of air emissions.

    CAPACCIO supplied the client with a report summarizing what MassDEP air regulations and exemptions were applicable to the facility and operations. The letter stated CAPACCIO’s finding of compliance to the issued air plan approvals and made recommendations on what permitting options may best meet the client’s future facility operation scenarios.
  • Air Permitting
    CAPACCIO assists our clients in filing air permit applications for their new, modified, or altered processes and equipment as required by state and federal regulations.  We work with our clients to determine the potential and actual planned operations of the processes in order to properly set emission limits and conduct required control analyses.  This allows the client to set limits on emissions, and the underlying hours of operation and material use, that match how the process or equipment will be operated.  We also work closely with state and federal regulators to assure that the application submittals meet their needs, and expectations, before the applications are submitted.  This leads to faster review and approval times as well as minimizes the collection of unneeded data and calculations.

    World Leader in Silicon Innovation and Developer of Processor Technologies
    Air Permit to limit GHG emissions
    Our client had the potential to emit GHGs (as carbon dioxide equivalents; CO2e) in amounts greater than 100 tons per year.  In order to avoid the requirement to file a Title V operating permit, the facility chose instead to file an air permit application with the MassDEP to limit GHG emissions from the facility to less than major source levels.  The approval issued was one of the first in the state to be approved for GHG emissions control.

    Surface Coating Facility
    Title V Permit Renewal
    CAPACCIO assisted a manufacturer of adhesive backed material in filing a renewal application for its Massachusetts Operating Permit (e.g., Title V).  The project entailed a thorough evaluation of emission sources at the facility, including a review of pollution control system operating procedures and recordkeeping procedures. The renewal included multiple source updates as well as corrections for omissions and inaccuracies which were not discovered in the previous OP approval.

    Chemical Batch Processing Facility
    Non-Major Comprehensive Plan Approval Submittal
    CAPACCIO assisted a chemical batch processor in filing of a non-major Comprehensive Plan Approval (CPA) for the control of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from facility operations.  Part of the best available control technology (BACT) analyses was the operation of a biofiltration pilot plant for control of VOC emissions.  Ultimately, a regenerative thermal oxidizer (RTO) was installed to control the process area which was operated as a permanent total enclosure to assure 100% capture of VOC emissions.

    Flotation Products Manufacturer
    Non-Major Comprehensive Plan Approval Submittal
    CAPACCIO assisted the manufacturer of flotation products in filing an air permit application to remove a RTO which had been installed to control VOC emissions, from service.  The removal was requested as performance testing conducted on the RTO after installation, indicated that VOC emissions were well below limits requiring installation of controls.  This was caused by an incorrect calculation of emissions from the process which did not account for the reduction of VOC emissions generation due to process chemistries.  CAPACCIO worked with the client’s process engineers and the MassDEP to correct the original process calculations and receive approval to remove the RTO from service.

    Food Waste Processor
    Non-Major Comprehensive Plan Approval Submittal
    CAPACCIO assisted a processor of food waste who operated a fat, oil, and grease separation process in filing an air permit application for installation of odor control equipment.  Fugitive odors from holding tanks and separation processes were collected and routed to a combination activated carbon and biofiltration odor control system.