MCERTS Stack Monitoring
Northumbrian Water Scientific Services (NWSS) has one of the largest dedicated team of MCERTS qualified consultants, providing industrial stack emissions monitoring throughout the UK and Ireland for over 20 years (previously as AES). We currently employ 16 air quality scientists, most of whom are qualified to MCERTS Level 2 with all technical endorsements.
The air emissions team operates from two sites; Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East, and Cwmbran in South Wales. An extensive range of analyses is carried out at our in-house UKAS accredited laboratory in Newcastle, enabling us to give accurate and prompt results to our clients. We believe that chain of custody of samples is paramount and by providing customers with both sampling and analysis without the need for sub-contracting to other laboratories, we are confident we can offer a robust chain of custody.
We have a comprehensive UKAS accreditation schedule, which covers both the sampling and analysis of the periodic monitoring required by permits issued under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR). Sampling activities are accredited by UKAS to the Environment Agency's MCERTS performance standard, and these are complimented by in house, UKAS accredited, laboratory analysis to ISO 17025. Methods and schedules are continually updated to reflect the requirements specified in Environment Agency Technical Guidance Note M2.
We provide monitoring for industrial clients for a wide range of scenarios including compliance, BS EN 14181 QAL 2 and AST, fuel trials, process, investigation, and commissioning. We have also performed check monitoring regularly for the Environment Agency (EA) and Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) over the past 15 years.
We will provide advice throughout all stages of a project, from initial interpretation of permit requirements and sample location planning in accordance with BS EN 15259, including homogeneity testing, laboratory liaison to ensure correct limit of detection, production of Site Specific Protocol (SSP), through to MCERTS report format. In addition we will be happy to provide assistance with EA Operator Monitoring Assessment (OMA) visits.
As members of the Source Testing Association (STA) we actively participate in the task groups.