Record Display for the EPA National Library Catalog


OLS Field Name OLS Field Data
Main Title Environmental Technology Verification Program Advanced Monitoring Systems Center: Test/QA Plan for Verification of Ambient Hydrogen Sulfide Analyzers at a Swine Finishing Farm.
CORP Author Battelle, Columbus, OH.;Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.
Publisher 31 Mar 2005
Year Published 2005
Stock Number PB2005-109256
Additional Subjects Analyzers ; Hydrogen sulfides ; Verification ; Quality assurance ; Testing ; Tests ; Data analysis ; Performance evaluation ; Public health ; Farm wastes ; Data acquisition ; Validation ; Monitoring ; Measuring instruments ; Air sampling ; Environmental Technology Verification Program ; Swine finishing farms
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB2005-109256 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 07/12/2006
Collation 52p
The Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Program's AMS Center conducts third-party performance testing of commercially available technologies that detect or monitor natural species or contaminants in air, water, and soil. Stakeholder committees of buyers and users of such technologies recommend technology categories, and technologies within those categories, as priorities for testing. Hydrogen sulfide analyzers were identified as a priority technology category through the AMS Center stakeholder process. Hydrogen sulfide is formed at animal feeding operations (AFOs) during the bacterial decomposition of sulfur-containing organic compounds present in manure produced by livestock. Also known as sewer gas, H(sub 2)S has the characteristic odor of rotten eggs and, at high levels, can cause death from even brief exposure. Ambient H(sub 2)2S concentrations at swine farms, for example, are expected to range from sub-part per billion (ppb) concentrations to 100 ppb or more. Ammonia and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are also produced from bacterial processing of livestock waste and are likely to be present in significant concentrations at AFOs. The National Academy of Sciences 2003 report, 'Air Emissions from Animal Feeding Operations,' identified the need for need for improved methods for measuring and estimating air emissions from animal feeding operations (AFO), including emissions of H(sub 2)S. The analytical approach of the H(sub 2)S analyzers that will be evaluated in this verification test has been identified for use in the National Air Emissions Monitoring Study Protocol that will be used to conduct measurements of emissions from AFOs as directed by the U.S. EPA Animal Feeding Operations Consent Agreement. The data collected as a result of the monitoring study will be used to ensure compliance of AFOs with applicable provisions of the Clean Air Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), and Environmental Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and to promote a national consensus on methods for estimating AFO emissions. In addition to this federal effort, several states, including Iowa, California, and North Carolina, have developed or are developing standards for ambient H2S.