EPA is providing access on this website to some of the highest demand air pollution online courses. This content will be updated further during early 2021. The courses are read only, and you can freely navigate within each course. Progress within a course can be tracked through your web browser cookies.
This course is designed to present an introductory view of all major, practical aspects of air pollution control. The course will review the history behind air pollution control and legislative actions that have developed the air quality management program. The course will provide an overview of the effects of pollution on human health and the Clean Air Act. This course will also provide a review of indoor air quality, information on how meteorological and geographic factors affect pollution, and an overview of air quality monitoring methods and regulations, including methods for measuring ambient air emissions and stack emissions. The course will provide an overview of how to perform emissions inventories, and how to control particulate sources, gaseous sources and mobile sources. Finally, the course will review pollution prevention techniques, control regulations and compliance mechanisms, and enforcement systems.
This Course covers the following learning objectives:
Describe the potential to emit (PTE) definition for NSR and key EPA policies related to calculating PTE
List methods for estimating emissions
List considerations for selecting an emission estimation method
List potential factors for when validation testing may be necessary
Describe what is meant by a “synthetic minor” source
Describe what is means for a limit to be “practically enforceable”
Describe three criteria often used to design enforceable PTE limits
Provide examples of how production and operational restrictions are used to establish synthetic minor limits
Describe how emission limits combined with emission factors and calculation methods can be used to establish synthetic minor limits
List considerations for creating effective and enforceable limits that involve pollution controls
List considerations for eliminating ambiguity in permits
Provide examples of effective permit conditions and identify potentially ineffective permit conditions
This course covers the following learning objectives: Define quality assurance, quality control (QC), quality management, and the Ambient Air Monitoring Program Quality System. Describe concepts of uncertainty. Describe how uncertainty can affect decisions made with data. Describe the benefits of an adequate quality system.
This Web-based course is designed to be used independently, without an instructor. It is intended primarily for new employees in governmental air pollution control agencies. It may also be useful to people who are seeking basic knowledge about air pollution. Each module in the course is composed of units that include introductory materials, graphics, and a quick quiz for review.
The goal of this course is to familiarize you with general information about the reference methods and reference method principles for the criteria pollutants, continuous air quality monitors, air quality monitoring network design, and statistical techniques pertaining to ambient air monitoring. This course will also familiarize you with detailed information concerning basic gas properties, particulate matter sampling, manual sampling of ambient gaseous pollutants, and calibration of air quality monitors.