40 CFR Part 72, Appendix B to Part 72 - Methodology for Conversion of Emissions Limits

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Appendix B to Part 72—Methodology for Conversion of Emissions Limits
For the purposes of the Acid Rain Program, all emissions limits must be expressed in pounds of SO2 per million British Thermal Unit of heat input (lb/mmBtu).
The factor for converting pounds of sulfur to pounds of SO2 is based on the molecular weights of sulfur (32) and SO2 (64). Limits expressed as percentage of sulfur or parts per million (ppm) depend on the energy content of the fuel and thus may vary, depending on several factors such as fuel heat content and atmospheric conditions. Generic conversions for these limits are based on the assumed average energy contents listed in table A-2. In addition, limits in ppm vary with boiler operation (e.g., load and excess air); generic conversions for these limits assume, conservatively, very low excess air. The remaining factors are based on site-specific heat rates and capacities to develop conversions for Btu per hour. Standard conversion factors for residual oil are 42 gal/bbl and 7.88 lbs/gal.
Table B-1—Conversion Factors
[Emission limits converted to lbs SO2/MMBtu by multiplying as below]
Unit measurement Plant fuel type
Bituminous coal Subbituminous coal Lignite coal Oil
1 In these cases, if the limit was specified as the “site” limit, the summer net dependable capability for the entire plant is used; otherwise, the summer net dependable capability for the unit is used. For units listed in the NADB, “HEATRATE” shall be that listed in the NADB under that field and “SUMNDCAP” shall be that listed in the NADB under that field. For units not listed in the NADB, “HEATRATE” is the generator net full load heat rate reported on Form EIA-860 and “SUMNDCAP” is the summer net dependable capability of the generator (in MWe) as reported on Form EIA-860.
Lbs sulfur/ MMBtu 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
% sulfur in fuel 1.66 2.22 2.86 1.07
Ppm SO2 0.00287 0.00384 0.00167
Ppm sulfur in fuel 0.00334
Tons SO2/hour 2,000,000/(HEATRATE*SUMNDCAP*capacity factor) 1
Lbs SO2/hour 1,000/(HEATRATE*SUMNDCAP*capacity factor) 1
Table B-2—Assumed Average Energy Contents
Fuel type Average heat content
Bituminous Coal 24 MMBtu/ton.
Subbituminous Coal 18 MMBtu/ton.
Lignite Coal 14 MMBtu/ton.
Residual Oil 6.2 MMBtu/bbl.

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