Challenges in Air Emission Management

Online /
Nov 12 - 14, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-1125-ONL24

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern Time

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand federal and provincial regulations and programs that are drivers of air emissions management and control
  • Determine the best methods for emissions calculation and reporting
  • Understand how air dispersion modelling and monitoring are used to assess effects on ambient air quality
  • Apply best practices, pollution prevention, and control techniques to address air pollutants, fugitive dust, or odours
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and select the most suitable emission mitigation approach for your application.

The industry continues to face increasingly stringent requirements to reduce air emissions to meet current regulations and the increasing pressure coming from enhanced public awareness.

What will be the new requirements and what should we be doing now is the focus of the conference, which brings together industry, environmental consultants, and regulators to envision the upcoming requirements for the different industries, the available technologies and their best use with the objective of increasing industry's preparedness to face the impending changes. By taking part in this course, you will enhance your understanding of the potential regulatory compliance requirements for emissions assessment and reporting, as well as the implementation of current emission reduction requirements.

By participating in this course, you will enhance your understanding of the potential regulatory compliance requirements to implement emission reductions.

Who Should Attend
Plant managers • Facility Engineers • Environmental and Engineering Consultants • EHS Managers and Staff • Facility Operators • Regulatory Personnel • Environmental Scientists

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Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

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Introduction, Course Preview, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Method

Federal Regulation - Air Quality Management

  • Introduction
  • Federal and provincial jurisdiction over air quality and emissions
  • Air aspects of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act
  • Atmospheric Environment considerations in Impact Assessment
  • Environmental Emergencies
  • The Federal Air Quality Management System (AQMS)
  • Airsheds and air monitoring
  • Canadian Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS)
  • Base-level industrial emission requirements (BLIERS)

Permitting and Approvals

  • Technical requirements for impact assessments and project permitting
  • Standards, guidelines, and best practices
  • Assessment criteria (in stack limits, effects on air quality, benchmarks)
  • Ambient air quality standards and criteria
  • Cumulative effects
  • Deposition
  • Air quality and deposition in health risk assessment
  • Case Study

GHG Assessment

  • GHG Programs, Frameworks, and ESG implications
  • Emissions Scopes, Sources, Sinks, Reservoirs
  • GHG Baseline and net GHG emissions determination
  • Accounting and quantification methodologies
  • Decarbonization strategies
  • Best Available Technologies/Best Environmental Practices (BAT/BEP) determinations
  • Quality assurance and verification/validations

Emissions Reporting

  • Annual reporting requirements – NPRI, GHGs, CACs
  • Approaches for data gathering and information management


The Emission Inventory

  • Developing the emission inventory
  • Sources and source types
  • Case study

Emissions Calculation

  • Estimation methods and relative accuracy
  • Emission factors
  • Mass balance
  • Process methods - mass flow calculation
  • Uncertainty

Air Dispersion Modelling

  • Concepts in air dispersion modeling
  • Screening and detailed models
  • Introduction to AERMOD / CALPUFF
  • Input requirements
  • Regulatory guidance
  • Interpretation of model output
  • Special cases
  • Problems and pitfalls
  • Case study

Emissions Measurement I - Source testing

  • Source Testing Methods (continuous monitoring and discrete sampling)
  • Problems and pitfalls
  • Data management and uses
  • Uncertainty

Emissions Measurement II - Continuous emissions monitoring (CEM) systems

  • CEMS equipment
  • Installation and performance
  • Data management, audit and calibration
  • RATAs

Ambient Air Quality Monitoring

  • Designing an ambient monitoring program
  • Instruments and approaches (discrete, continuous, passive, low-cost sensors)
  • Equipment selection and operation
  • Data management (QA/QC, interpretation, reporting)

Group Exercise - Ambient Monitoring

Integrating Emissions Management and Control

  • What drives the level of reduction needed
  • Feasibility studies
  • Developing and optimizing a mitigation plan
  • Management practices and pollution prevention
  • Managing secondary effects
  • Effective emissions capture and transport
  • Fans and exhaust system design considerations

Particulate Matter

  • Dealing with fine particulates
  • Best management practices and emissions controls
  • Particulate sizing and its impact on control
  • Secondary particulate
  • Fugitive dust
  • Case study

Combustion and Combustion Gases

  • Basics of combustion
  • Fuels
  • Combustion gases (O2, NOx, SO2, CO, GHGs)
  • Emissions reduction and controls
  • Mercury, dioxins and furans, and other contaminants
  • Case study

VOCs and Odour

  • Sources and characteristics of VOC and odour emissions
  • Odour assessment
  • Best management practices for odour
  • Emissions controls and at-receptor mitigation
  • Case study

Final Discussion and Closure


Linda Lattner , M.Eng., P.Eng.

Linda Lattner is a licensed professional engineer and is the technical lead for the Air Quality Practice in Ontario. She has over twenty years of experience in air quality assessment and compliance management.

Her primary responsibilities include air quality compliance management, emission inventory development, greenhouse gas quantification and mitigation studies using GHG frameworks and protocols of Canadian and other global agencies, air dispersion modelling, developing and overseeing ambient air monitoring programs, annual environmental reporting, and leading the air quality technical component of Environmental Assessments and permitting assessments.

With experience that includes notable work for gold and iron ore mining clients, power projects, municipal landfills, and industrial facilities. Linda has provided air quality and fugitive dust management support for mining projects; the cleanup of the radioactive waste repository in Port Granby; Toronto Transit Commission’s Leslie Barns site remediation and facility construction; the remediation of the former gold mine site in Deloro, Ontario; Waterfront Toronto’s Lakefilling Project; and for Metrolinx projects in southern Ontario.

Mrs. Lattner has worked with Environment and Climate Change Canada, where she reviewed the GHG reduction potential for major projects subject to federal or provincial environmental assessment. She has also worked for the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment as co-author of a study on the Adequacy of Ambient Air Quality Monitoring in Canada. She has developed guidance materials for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to support the provincial odour policy and led a training workshop for Ministry operations staff.

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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