My permit requires that I conduct a performance test (also sometimes called a stack test). I am not sure what this is, or how I get this done. Where do I start?

A stack test measures the amount of a specific pollutant or pollutants being emitted through regulated stacks at facilities subject to the requirements of state and federal regulations and permit conditions. Stack testing is an important tool used to determine a facility's compliance with emission limits. Many companies hire contractors to conduct performance tests. KDHE maintains a list of contractors who are available for performance testing in Kansas as well as a List of Performance Testing Companies (PDF). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also maintains a list of national performance testing companies; visit the Air Emission Measurement Center page to view said list.

In addition, KDHE provides Performance Testing Guidelines to help facilities and stack testing companies prepare protocols for, conduct, and prepare reports for performance tests in Kansas.

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1. Where should I send reports and notifications?
2. I just discovered that I am out of compliance with my permit. How can I get this problem resolved?
3. My permit requires that I conduct a performance test (also sometimes called a stack test). I am not sure what this is, or how I get this done. Where do I start?
4. I am required to conduct a performance test. I would like to request a different test method than the one required by the rule that I am subject to. How can I do this?
5. I've got waste materials that I need to dispose of. Can I burn this material, rather than sending it to a landfill?
6. I have a complaint about a source of air emissions. Who should I call?
7. I would like to become certified to conduct Method 9 evaluations. Are there "smoke schools" in the area where I can get certified?