Whitlow Enterprises EPA Smoke School Visible Emissions Evaluation and Certification

Stop and think about this. Do not make the $92, 000 mistake over opacity violations.  Do not allow your company to appear on the EPA Notice of Violation Database. Call Whitlow Today. Whitlow Smoke Schools are stress-free and fun. We even cook lunch for you. Whitlow features 1/2 day training and certification at our locations on our schedule or on your site. We have morning and afternoon sessions so you can send plenty of people to be trained. We can come train and certify your plant or your entire company. We are the most experienced smoke school provider and we follow 40 CFR 60  EPA Method 9 procedures. We are audited by many state environmental agencies as well as US EPA and our certificates are valid nationwide for 6 months. We are without a doubt the best smoke school available in captivity.  Stop and think about this. Do not make the $92, 000 mistake that will damage your company reputation and stock market value with all the negative publicity of Notices of Violations and Compliance Orders for opacity violations. Trust me. Your job is on the line here.  Whitlow has 2 retired Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality  (LDEQ) air quality inspectors on staff and 2 retired Monroe Louisiana Fire Fighters on our team We know environmental and safety. All of our team members are dedicated to customer service from your very first phone call 318-361-2355 or email smokeschool@yahoo.com  till  you have your EPA Method 9 Certificate in your fingers.  We issue your certificates within 3 weeks of your test date even if your invoice has not been paid. We really step up the customer service when the chips are down. Call us if you receive a Notice of Violation or Compliance Order. We are here for you always 24/7.

Hello I am George Artie Whitlow and I am the Smoke Commander and the Smoke Master General. We are located just south of West Monroe Louisiana 12 miles from the Duck Commander. 1 have paid my dues to earn these titles starting as a United States Air Force Bioenvironmental Engineer in 1976 and continuing thou out my 17 year career with LDEQ from 1983 until I retired in September 2001 to form Whitlow Enterprises Smoke School. I have performed EPA and OSHA inspections since 1976 and I have conducted smoke school since 1984. I forgot more than they will ever know. EPA does not support, license, or approve any smoke school provider. Any Tom, Dick, or Harry can clone their employer's smoke making generator machine and start up a business. The love of money is the root to all evil. Any one can give you an EPA Method 9 certification test and write you a certificate. EPA does not require a classroom. EPA only recommends the classroom. Let me ask you a question. Would you trust a doctor to operate on your son's eyes if he just had a certificate from medical school, but had never opened a classroom door, and had never preformed surgery. I have a BS in general studies with concentrations in Environmental and Sociology. I have over 50 years experience working with EPA and OSHA. I have been there, done that, and took some great pictures. You can trust Whitlow Smoke School. We are not flyby the night. We will be here for you when the chips are down. We will love you when you are down and out.

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How to prepare for state and federal EPA inspections This could save you $90,000 Remember George Whitlow is the only smoke school provider who actually has regulatory inspector experience.

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Basic Fundamentals of Reading Opacity  You should learn these basic fundamentals to learn how to do it right the first time. You should always observe your opacity sources along side of state and federal environmental inspectors, because it is possible to pass the test, earn the certificate, without having a clue how to read opacity. Contact Whitlow immediately if you get a notice of violation or compliance order. Then call your lawyer. I know this for a fact Jack, because for the past 30 years industry officials have been calling me to investigate federal and state mistakes, that should have been caught and stopped by the inspector's supervisor. These government agencies are depending on you just to pay the fine to avoid court and embarrassment to your company that will affect your stock market value. Trust me, a lot of  these commercials you see about how a company protects the environment are a result of a bad inspection.

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The Gospel truth about Opacitair Smoke School amd ECS Smoke Shool (All smoke schools except for Whitlow Smoke School started business in a similar manner. They did not pay thier dues like Whitlow Did.) They are not qualified to train you on opacity nor tying your shoe laces.

I have always been a trainer. I enlisted in the United States Air Force on May 8, 1969 during the heart of the Vietnam War. My initial career was as an instructor and I trained pilots and aircrew members in aircrew life support and survival.  I trained them on how to stay alive if their perfectly good airplane was shot down behind enemy lines. I must have done a great job, because not a single pilot or aircrew member ever came back and said their parachute did not open, or locust and snails were not great eating. In April 1976 I made a career change to Bioenvironmental Engineering and performed  Environmental Quality and OSHA compliance inspections of USAF industrial facilities. In addition I preformed sanitary inspections of hospitals, restaurants, schools, and other public facilities, and  presented numerous training classes on these subjects as well as public health. In April 1983, after my daddy had several heart attacks, I resigned my commission with the United States Air Force to accept a position with The Louisiana DEQ where I became a jack of all trades. I have always been a work-a-holic. I conducted air quality environmental inspections, built, installed, and operated the air quality air analysis air sampling network statewide, and I conducted Louisiana DEQ Smoke School every April and October for 500 attendees who loved me until I retired just after 9-1-1 when America was attacked. In September 2001 I founded Whitlow Enterprises Smoke School and started commercial smoke schools with initially just 2 schools on our schedule in Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, Louisiana. These initial industrial plant customers had an option to attend LDEQ free smoke school or pay me $200 to get the job done right the first time and not spend 3 days suffering in a yard chair. These men and women knew me well and knew that I would make recommendations for them to achieve compliance. We must be doing it right because you have expanded us to over 100 locations in 20 states. We have room to grow so call us 318-361-2355. Find out what real customer service is all about.

Like the Duck Commander I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. I believe in right and wrong. I believe that none of us are perfect. We are all sinners and we have all fallen short of God's expectations for us.  I believe that God forgives. I believe in America. I believe in democracy and in government by the people for the people.  I believe that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord. I don't believe in cheating and lying for money.  I believe that all of you should get what you pay for. I believe that God does not reward people who cheat and lie. I believe in what goes around comes around. I was not aware that when I enlisted in the US Air Force during the heart of the Vietnam War on May 8, 1969 that our heavenly father would encourage the US Small Business Administration to call me to ask me to consider a sole source government contract of my choosing, because I am a service connected disabled veteran. I depend on hearing aids that cost $5,000. My hearing loss is due hazardous noise exposure to firearms and jet engines. Hearing loss can be prevented by ear muffs and ear plugs. If you cannot carry on a normal conversation, then you are exposed to hazardous noise. Without protection you will wear hearing aids most of your life.

Yesterday I sat in Congressman Ralph  Abraham's  office along side of my long time employees Paul Liard, a retired LDEQ inspector, and David Wallace, a retired Monroe Louisiana fireman. We discussed the lack of training for government inspectors and industrial EHS staff in visible emissions and opacity. We talked about penalties and fines due to this lack of training. We discussed using Congress, The Veterans Affairs Administration, and The US Small Business Administration to execute fellow veteran President George W. Bush's Executive Order 13360 to establish a sole source contract with US EPA for Whitlow Enterprises to manufacture and sell smoke making generator machines to each state environmental agency. Initially when EPA created smoke school for compliance with EPA Method 9. Each state environmental agency purchased smoke machines and conducted smoke school free of charge to industry every April and October when the weather is mild. Your permit fees more than covered your fees for smoke school. Whitlow Enterprises is dedicated to follow through with executing  Executive Order 13360 to manufacture and sell smoke generators to each state environmental agency so they can conduct your smoke school free in April and October like it was intended to be before a former EPA employee got greedy. We intend on maintaining each smoke generator and training the state environmental smoke generator operators to follow our interpretation of 40 CFR 60 which has stood up in court many times. We will establish the American EHS institute here in West Monroe so everyone will be trained effectively on how to read opacity correctly. We intend to shrive to make your EPA Method 9 Certificates valid for 2 years instead of the 6 month period in existence today. We want to keep the smoke school test simple to pass in 1/2 cday. Ray Charles can read the 20% opacity limit on your permit. This will be a sole source smoke school contract. Whitlow will be the only smoke school recognized by the EPA. Whitlow will be available for on site schools just exactly like we are today. Other smoke school providers have had their change and they are making $92,000 mistakes. Pray that Whitlow can pull this off. We need your support. Amen.

Here are the normal things we do that make our competitors try to imitate us:

  1. We do our homework before each smoke school with maintenance and calibration before each test
  2. We set the stage for optimal conditions for reading opacity even on cloudy days- contrasting background and shelter from rain and sun. If we cant find a contrasting background, God helps us create one for you.  You can not even see white smoke with white clouds for a background, much less read the opacity. I have heard my competitor smoke school providers brag," Hell, if they can see the opacity, let them take a wild guess at it. " Now hear this. Whitlow is the only smoke school that creates contrasting backgrounds. WE WANT YOU TO PASS THE EPA METHOD 9  CERTIFICATION TEST.  You make us feel happy that we are doing our job correctly when you pass the test. We do not use the quota system the others brag about in private. They don't feel like the test is good unless half of you fail every time you take the test.
  3. We start your day off with precise instructions on how to read opacity, fill out the forms, and take the visible emissions certification test. Remember this- read the background not the smoke. 25% opacity means 25% of the background is obscured by the smoke. Always read the opacity at the densest part of the plume. In our case, choose an observation point that is 12 inches in diameter the same diameter as our smokestack.
  4. Whitlow gives you plenty practice test opacity plumes to evaluate and we watch you to make sure you are following the correct basic fundamentals of reading opacity.
  5. We present the smoke school visible emissions evaluator certification test following EPA requirements of random opacity plumes from zero to 100%
  6. We focus on low level opacity readings from zero to 50%, most permits call for an average of 20% opacity over a 6 minute period. Some permits limit opacity to zero or 5%. Ray Charles can see 20% opacity. The certification test should not be based on a quota system designed to 50% of you will fail each test. We refuse to jump around like King Kong from 5% to 90% like a datburn yo yo. Absolutely no point in this at all.
  7. After the test we allow you to grade your own test papers. Our staff team grades the papers as well on site. You will know that you passed before you leave. We call out the answers nice and slow.
  8. Each smoke school consists of a morning and afternoon session to allow you to send plenty of employees. Please let us know when you resister if you prefer morning or afternoon.


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