All TV facilities must report EIS data no later than April 15 by close of business. All reports are to be sumitted using Air Services software
which is a web based software developed by the Ohio EPA, Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC), to assist facilities in preparing and submitting a variety of electronic permit applications and reports to DAPC.
No. The user will not have to install this new software. However, you will have to gain access and software privileges in order to submit reports. To gain access and privileges, you will need to go to the e-Business Center and create an account. Once created, you must fill out a PIN request form, submit it through a simple online interface and download the hard-copy form. This form must be notarized to verify your identity and returned to the Ohio EPA before you can gain access to facility data as a Responsible Official.
Once granted a PIN, you will then need to request, via the e-Business Center, access to your specific facility(s) data. To protect potentially sensitive data, the Responsible Official will need to fill out a second online form indicating the facility you want to access, sign the form via the PIN and submit to the EPA for approval. Once granted, as the Responsible Official you will now be able to delegate your privileges to other users, such as consultants or your staff. Delegating your privileges will enable others to work on the emissions reports for the facility(s) you choose to delegate. More detailed information may be obtained through the e-Business Center: Air Services
Yes. Data for your facility records in the Air Services will be populated from existing STARShip files that were submitted to us in the past, in addition to other databases we have with information relating to PTI’s, old Permit(s)-to-Operate, Permit-By-Rule, etc. Therefore, you will need to review the information that migrated and clean up that data by building correct relationships between equipment as it is used at the facility. This must be done before emissions reports are submitted.
To start you must complete the Air Facility Profile in order to submit an emissions report via Air Services. Once you complete the Air Facility Profile, most of the data input for the emissions reports is done. Air Services is designed to ensure that the critical information is kept in the Air Facility Profile. Therefore, the Source Classification Code (SCC) that describes the processes of the emissions unit(s) is kept there. In addition, data that is needed to calculate emissions and control equipment efficiencies is kept at this level. The bulk of the remaining emissions report data pertains to actual throughput data. The Air Services is equipped with a more accurate emissions calculator with up-to-date emissions factors to assist you in calculating emissions (see question #6 below).
If you submitted your EIS report using STARShip and that report is found to be un-approvable upon Ohio EPA review or you decide that it needs to be revised after June 13, 2008, you will be required to submit any revision(s) using Air Services. This is because the report you submitted earlier in the year (which was migrated to the new software), will lack the additional data required by Air Services and the revisions will fail to meet the Air Facility Profile requirements and data quality assurance. Learn more in question #2 about what you have to do to use Air Services.
Each profile page should be reviewed to verify that the current data is correct. If any data is incorrect, you will need to edit the profile information page by selecting profile change from the Air Services Home, ‘In Progress Tasks.' Other data which may need to be edited while you are in the Facility Profile are the emissions units (EU), processes, any associated control equipment, and any egress points, if applicable. Each point along the facility tree on the right side of the screen can be clicked and edited. If you have a shut down EU, you will need to enter a shut down date through the edit mode.
Any EU labeled as a temp will need to be edited to be associated with the proper control equipment and egress points. Any disassociated control equipment or egress points may be deleted if they do not belong to any EU. All EU’s, which exist on your facility tree, must have a process. Each process must have an appropriate Source Classification Code (SCC) which can be obtained from the drop down box in the process information page by clicking on the SCC cascading levels button or the SCC search by keyword button.
If you need to create control equipment or egress points, click on the Facility ID next to the top icon and enter all the requested information. If this data is already available due to migration, please review it to make sure it is accurate. It is critical that each facility be completed correctly and completely to avoid errors in the emissions report. Once you are done editing your profile, click the validation button and correct any errors until you obtain a successful validation.
Once your Facility Profile has been successfully validated, you can start working on your emissions report by clicking on the report through the In-progress Task at the Air Services Home. Click on the process and begin to complete the required information by clicking on the edit button. When completing the pollutant table, do not leave any criteria pollutant blank or pending, if you do not emit a certain criteria pollutant, select the emissions best engineering judgement and enter 0. When your report is complete, click the ‘validate’ button and correct all errors until you achieve successful validation. A submit button will pop up and you are ready to submit your report.
Although the existing data will be migrated into Air Services, Air Services is designed to collect more information than STARShip, therefore, it will contain more data.The mechanisms utilized by Air Services to enter and accept the data is different and the new system offers more options to the user.
This new application is web based which will eliminate a lot of the time previously required to quality assure and revise the reports because Air Services will prompt the user to revise incorrect or incomplete entries in live time. The user has the ability to correct errors before submitting any reports to the Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC).
As with any new system, the user must practice using it and get familiar with its components. DAPC strongly urges all Air Services users to practice using it and NOT wait until you need to submit your report to learn how to use it. Waiting to learn Air Services until you need to use it may present you with difficulties that you may not have sufficient time to address.
Yes. There are three ways to avoid submitting an EIS report:
- The facility emitted all EIS pollutants in amounts less than 1 ton per reporting year.
- The TV emissions units did not operate at any time during the reporting year.
- The TV emissions units which operated during the reporting year, emitted non-EIS pollutants only.
EIS Pollutants are: NOx, VOC, SO2, Lead, OC, CO, NH3, PM-CON, PM-FIL, PM10-FIL and PM25-FIL