The new regulation on the requirements for measuring emissions

The new ordinance on the requirements for conducting emission measurements is effective from September 20 and introduces minor changes to the existing ordinance. Check what.

Purpose of introducing the new regulation

On September 20, 2021, the Regulation of the Minister of Climate and Environment of 7 September 2021 on the requirements for conducting emission measurements came into force. The justification for its issue is the need to replace the current Regulation of the Minister of the Environment of 30 October 2014 on the requirements for measuring emissions and measuring the amount of water taken, as well as the fulfillment of the obligation to present the results of measurements to the environmental protection authorities and the Voivodship Inspector for Environmental Protection, to which the operator of the installation and the user of the device are obliged pursuant to Article 149 (1) of the EPL Act.

Changes resulting from the new regulation

The new regulation contains minor changes compared to the previous one, including the fact that it no longer concerns the measurement of the amount of water abstracted and the quantity and quality of waste water released to the environment. Currently, this issue is fully regulated by the Water Law.

The changes to air emissions include a new obligation to measure CO2 from fuel combustion sources, changes to the types of reference methodologies for some sources, e.g. HCl, HF from waste incineration and co-incineration, or Cl2 from carbon dioxide production, change of the term "total dust" to "dust", removing certain standards and specifying the procedure to be followed in case of their replacement by a new edition, as well as determining the duration of measurements and the number of measurement series for dioxins and furans and substances other than VOCs, and dioxins and furans (see paragraphs 9.6 and 9.7 ):

9.6. In the case of periodic measurements of dioxins and furans emissions to air, 1 measurement is performed with a sampling period of 6 to 8 hours.

9.7. In the case of periodic measurements of emissions to air of substances other than VOCs and dioxins and furans, referred to in paragraph 5 and 6, the number of measurement series depends on the test methods, but it can not be less than two successive measurement series.

What has remained the same?

Emission measurements are still mandatory for:

  • continuous and periodic measurements of air emissions for fuel combustion sources,
  • continuous and periodic measurements of air emissions for installations and devices for incineration or co-incineration of waste,
  • periodic measurements of air emissions for installations for the processing of asbestos or asbestos-containing products,
  • continuous and periodic measurements of air emissions for installations for the production of titanium dioxide,
  • continuous and periodic measurements of emissions to air for installations using organic solvents (VOCs),
  • periodic measurements of environmental noise from installations or devices for a plant for which a decision on the permissible noise level has been issued and for an installation for which an integrated permit has been issued

Transitional period

The regulations in force so far may be applied until the end of 2021 for emission measurements started and not completed before September 20 this year.

The new regulation is available on the Sejm's website at the following link:

https://isap.sejm.gov.pl/isap.nsf/download.xsp/WDU20210001710/O/D20211710.pdf

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