Alberta’s Air Monitoring Directive (AMD) sets out the requirements for monitoring and reporting air quality in the province of Alberta. The AMD was originally written in 1989 with an amendment released in 2006 but it does not reflect current practices. The AMD is currently under review and revision – the 9 chapters of the AMD will be implemented after a thorough public review period, with several chapters already in place.
AMD Chapter 5 is referred to as the Quality System Chapter and was released on June 20, 2014. The purpose of this chapter is to establish a set of consistent requirements for the documentation, implementation and maintenance of a Quality System to:
Verify the quality of air monitoring data;
Establish consistency in air monitoring practices;
Ensure comparability of data; and
Ensure that air monitoring, reporting and maintenance activities are delivered with consistent quality.
Who Does Chapter 5 Affect?
Chapter 5 of the AMD affects:
Alberta airsheds and industrial operations who conduct air monitoring and reporting; and
Alberta airsheds or industrial operations who hire contractors to conduct ambient air monitoring or reporting on their behalf.
Chapter 5 does not include requirements for CEMS monitoring as the Alberta Environmental Protection CEMS Code (1998) already includes requirements for a Quality Assistance Plan.
When Do I Need to Be In Compliance?
Chapter 5 of the AMD was released on June 20, 2014 with the compliance date of June 20, 2015.
How Can LEHDER Help?
For support on this topic or to obtain a copy of the LEHDER AMD Chapter 5 Factsheet , please contact LEHDER Principal Mike Denomme.