Training

The Division of Air Quality conducts several air quality related training throughout the year.

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AERMOD Training

The Division of Air Quality is holding AERMOD training the week of July 20, 2015. This training will be offered to industry who wish to attend. AERMOD Modeling for Permits is a two-day introductory course that covers the basics of air dispersion modeling for industrial permits. Advanced AERMOD is a two-day course that covers meteorological data processing and other advanced topics related to dispersion modeling. A tentative syllabus is posted below.

The cost will be between $500 and $1000 per student per course. At this point in time we are trying get a count of possible attendees, so if you or your colleagues think this is something you are interested in, please respond to this message with the number of individuals and which courses they expect to attend. We would like to get a rough count by Wednesday, May 27. I will follow-up with our decision and final request for attendees to commit to attending the courses shortly afterwards. For more information about the classes including registering contact Chuck Hyatt at 701.328.5188 or chyatt@nd.gov.

  • Introduction To Modeling
  • BEEST Overview & Demo
  • Exercise #1
  • Federal & State Requirements
  • Fundamentals of Modeling
  • Receptor Networks
  • Terrain Data & AerMap
  • Exercise #2
  • Control Options
  • Source Data & Options
  • Meteorological Data
  • Building Downwash
  • Exercise #3
  • Output Options
  • Exercise #4
  • Model Execution
  • In-Class Exercise
  • Review Results
  • AerMet & AerSurface
  • Exercise #1
  • AerMinute
  • Exercise #2
  • Background Maps
  • Exercise #4
  • NED Terrain Files
  • Magical Moving Hills
  • Partitioning
  • Exercise #5
  • Demo BEEST Features
  • Importing
  • NO2 Modeling
  • Exercise #6
  • AerScreen
  • Exercise #7
  • SO2 Modeling
  • PM2.5 Modeling
  • Other AerMod Changes & Misc.

Visible Emissions Evaluator Certification

The Department conducts training semi-annually to provide air pollution control personnel and other interested persons the opportunity to become certified to evaluate visible emissions in accordance with EPA Reference Method 9 . To become certified, a person must attend, or have attended, a classroom session and successfully complete a field session involving the visual reading of 25 black smoke emissions and 25 white smoke emissions. Click here for the registration form.

All sessions are held in Bismarck at the Environmental Training Center (2639 East Main Avenue). Click here for map.

For more information about visible emissions evaluator certification, contact the Division of Air Quality at 701.328.5188, or email Keith Hinnenkamp (khinnenk@nd.gov). Training and certification is conducted free of charge.

Spring Training

A classroom session and several field sessions are conducted each spring, normally during the second or third week in April. The current schedule for training is April 7, 8 and 9, 2015. Training on April 7 is intended for first time trainees only. Click here for a link to a memo with more specific information on Visible Emissions Spring Training.

Fall Training

A classroom session is scheduled for October 6, 2015 followed by a field session for first time trainees only. The normal field sessions for recertification are scheduled for October 7 & 8, 2015. Click here for a link to a memo with more specific information on Visible Emissions Fall Training.

More information on EPA Reference Methods 9 and 22 can be found on the EPA's website . The Division has developed the Visible Emissions Observation Form (SFN 8441).

Odor Evaluator Certification

The Department conducts training and certification sessions annually to provide air pollution control personnel and other interested persons the opportunity to become certified in the evaluation of odors pursuant to Chapter 33-15-16 of the North Dakota Air Pollution Control Rules.

The primary objective of training is to familiarize trainees with the:

  • Requirements of Chapter 33-15-16 – Restriction of Odorous Air Contaminants.
  • Use of a scent-o-meter to measure the intensity of an odor.
  • Department field odor survey procedures.

The trainee must demonstrate the ability to distinguish various odorous samples and concentrations by successfully completing the three tests prescribed in the Department's Odor Certification Guideline.

Training and certification sessions will be held in Bismarck on May 5 and 6, 2015 at the Gold Seal Center located at 918 E. Divide Avenue. Additional sessions may be scheduled elsewhere across the State if there is sufficient interest by at least three persons per location; sessions have been held in the recent past at Minot, Devils Lake, Grand Forks, West Fargo, and Beulah.

For more information about the certification process, contact the Division of Air Quality at 701.328.5188. Training and certification is conducted free of charge.


Last Updated: 05/04/2015

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