SWA Coal - Rail Transport
Emission Profiling System (RTEPS)
The Rail Transport Emission Profiling System was
initially developed to monitor fugitive dust emissions from coal rail cars during transit.
RTEPS collects data on the frequency and intensity of dust emissions relative to train
speed, wind speed, and coal surface temperature. Additionally, passive collection samplers
give an indication of the total coal loss during transit. Use of RTEPS was instrumental in
convincing a major East Coast coal mining company that they could gain economically by
investing in treating their coal with chemical dust suppressants.
While this instrument carriage was originally designed to
monitor emissions from uncovered coal cars, it can be adapted to monitor any moving