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Air Reporting System quality assurance messages

You can run a quality assurance report in ARS before or after you submit the facility information. The quality assurance report identifies problems that you may or may not want to fix. The messages are designed to be brief and informative. You can run the quality assurance program at any time in the ARS program by clicking on the "Final Check/Submit Data" link and then clicking the "QA Report" button on the "Completeness Check & Submit Data" screen.

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If you find a problem and want to correct the data or need help fixing the problem, contact Grant Hetherington (608-266-1552).

You can ask to reset ARS so that you may fix the problem and re-submit the information. You may re-submit the information as many times as necessary.

Message explanations

The following table describes each of the 18 quality assurance messages you may encounter when you run the ARS Quality Assurance report.

ARS quality assurance messages
Message Type Message Title Meaning of Message Suggested Action
Source Number of Employees reported must be greater than 0. The number of full time employees on site must be greater than 0. If data was submitted, have DNR reopen ARS and update the number of full time employees in the ARS update facility info area.
Source The facility area square footage must be greater than 100 square feet. The facility area from fence line to fence line is too small. If data was submitted, have DNR reopen ARS and update the square footage in the ARS update facility info area.
Source EPA Class Code does not meet emissions. The EPA Class Code is defined in an operation permit. If the pollutant annual emissions exceed the permitted emission limit then the facility may be in violation of the operation permit. Go to the ARS Summary Reports, Rollup & Calculator link. Click on rollup. Determine which pollutant(s) exceed permit limits. Review emissions for that pollutant and call DNR if permit limits need to be modified.
Throughput Throughput did not change in consecutive years. It is unusual to have identical amounts of fuel burned or product produced for two years. Check throughput information. If data was submitted and data incorrect, call DNR to reset ARS.
Throughput Throughput reported in prior year but not in current year. If throughput increases, then emissions generally increase. Run a draft summary report and compare between last year's final report and the draft report. Review emission factors and reported emissions. If emission factors or reported emissions are incorrect, call DNR to reset ARS.
Throughput Throughput decreased over two years, but emissions increased. If throughput decreases, the emissions generally decrease. Run a draft summary report and compare between last year's final report and the draft report. Review emission factors and reported emissions. If emission factors or reported emissions are incorrect, call DNR to reset ARS.
Emissions DNR PM Sum greater than calculated or reported PM There are a number of pollutants that are emitted as particulate matter (PM) based on a list of DNR pollutants. The sum of these pollutants should not exceed the reported PM. Run a draft emission summary and determine which pollutant(s) are causing the PM individual total to exceed the PM total. If either the PM total or the individual total is incorrect, call DNR to reset ARS or correct data.
Emissions EPA PM Sum greater than calculated or reported PM There are a number of pollutants that are emitted as particulate matter (PM) based on a list of EPA pollutants. The sum of these pollutants should not exceed the reported PM. Run a draft emission summary and determine which pollutant(s) are causing the PM individual total to exceed the PM total. If either the PM total or the individual total is incorrect, call DNR to reset ARS or correct data.
Emissions PM10 greater than PM PM10 is a subset of PM and so should not exceed PM. Run a draft emission summary and determine which pollutant(s) are causing the PM10 to exceed the PM total. If either the PM or PM10 is incorrect, call DNR to reset ARS or correct data.
Emissions DNR ROG Sum greater than individual total ROG species. There are a number of pollutants that are emitted as ROG based on a list of DNR pollutants. The sum of these pollutants should not exceed the reported ROG. Run a draft emission summary and determine whether a reported emission or emission factor caused the ROG individual total to exceed the ROG total. If either the ROG species or ROG total is incorrect, call DNR to reset ARS or correct data.
Emissions EPA ROG Sum greater than individual total ROG species. There are a number of pollutants that are emitted as ROG based on a list of EPA pollutants. The sum of these pollutants should not exceed the reported ROG. Run a draft emission summary and determine whether a reported emission or emission factor caused the ROG individual total to exceed the ROG total. If either the ROG species or ROG total is incorrect, call DNR to reset ARS or correct data.
Emissions TRS Sum greater than calculated or reported TRS Seven substances exist which are considered total reduced sulfur. If the total of these substances exceeds the reported TRS number, the you will receive this QA message. Run a draft emission summary report and review the emissions at the end of the summary.  Make changes to the individual total reduced sulfur compounds emissions so they do not exceed the TRs emissions.
Emissions Glycol ether sum greater than calculated or reported glycol ether A total of seven individual subsre considered glycol ether. The sum of the individual substances must not exceed the reported glycol ether. A total of seven individual substances are considered glycol ether. The sum of the individual substances must not exceed the reported glycol ether. Run a draft emission summary report and review the emissions at the end of the summary. Make changes to the individual glycol ether compound emissions so that they do not exceed the glycol ether emission value.
Stack Stack Height greater than 500 feet Stack height is too large. Check stack height in device area of device/process page.
Stack Stack diameter greater than 10 feet Stack diameter is too large. Check stack diameter in device area of device/process page.
Stack Stack exit velocity is 0 or greater than 200 feet per seconds Stack volume was entered incorrectly. Check stack volume in device area of device/process page.
Stack Stack temperature is 0, negative or greater than 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit Stack exit temperature is incorrect. Check stack temperature in device area of device/process page.
Last revised: Friday July 21 2017