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Petition to Revise EPA Emission Standards

A group of 364 environmental organizations has petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revise current emission standards. The proposed revisions target petro-plastic production and are centered on sections 111 and 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

If passed, these revisions could seriously affect pollution control practices amongst plastic manufacturers. The EPA is currently reviewing the petition. If the agency decides to take action, these updates will become law.
What Are Sections 111 and 112 of the Clean Air Act?
The Clean Air Act was established in 1970 to regulate emissions of mobile and stationary sources. Sections 112 and 111 refer […]

How Do VOCs Impact the Environment?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are created when toxic chemicals vaporize and form harmful gases. Natural events like wildfires release large quantities of VOCs every year. However, industrial operations and other man-made processes contribute a significant percentage to the planet’s overall VOC emissions.

Atmospheric photochemical reactions occur when VOCs are exposed to sunlight. Depending on the amount and type of VOCs emitted, these reactions can disrupt ecosystems and have crippling effects on both humans and the environment.
What is a VOC?
VOCs are volatile carbon compounds, such as butane, toluene, pentane, propane, xylene, or ethanol. Although considered harmful, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonic […]

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    Why Geotechnical Services Are Essential for Emission Control Compliance

Why Geotechnical Services Are Essential for Emission Control Compliance

Pollution control equipment can significantly reduce the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released through manufacturing processes. Facilities using toxic solvents or generating high levels of VOCs must install abatement technology to meet standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These units destroy harmful compounds, reducing a facility’s overall emissions and allowing manufacturers to reach production goals.

However, in order for this system to work productively, the equipment must be carefully installed and maintained. Geotechnical reports are an important part of any facility’s long-term emission control strategy. Soil quality under and around pollution control equipment can impact the design, […]

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    The Future of the Food and Beverage Industry: A New Decade is Dawning

The Future of the Food and Beverage Industry: A New Decade is Dawning

Can you believe Y2K and the fears surrounding it happened two full decades ago? The world has changed, the consumer has changed, and the sales process has changed—could you imagine today’s landscape back then? The market moves faster. The consumer has more options and more say. As we enter the third decade of this century, you are expected to be more flexible and in tune with customer expectations.
Brace for Growth: $2.2 Trillion More in Grocery Sales by 2024
One of the best things about the food and beverage industry? It’s built to grow. An expanding population, a growing middle class, […]

The CMM Group: Our Hottest Posts and Guides of 2019

As a leader in pollution control and thermal processing equipment, The CMM Group knows a thing or two about what’s hot in the manufacturing world. It’s been a busy year, but as we close out another year (and decade) as a leading provider of pollution control equipment, ovens, dryers, and food manufacturing systems, we would like to take a second to look back, thank our clients, and offer a few insights you may have missed.

Today, we would like to share some of our top resources, namely our most popular articles this year and the ones on the way up. […]

What Goes into the Industrial Oven or Dryer Buying Process?

Have you been in the market for an industrial oven or dryer? No? Have you been watching operating costs creep up? Maybe you’re starting to face the dilemma of adding an additional shift or choosing to pay overtime. Either way, you found this page and are interested in learning more about the buying process.

Part of our much larger guide, Steps to Selecting an Industrial Oven or Dryer, the below information provides a brief overview of the process.
Step 1: Knowing It’s Time
The first step to making any kind of change is to realize that change is necessary. Many of us […]

Does Your Coffee Manufacturing Plant Meet EPA Standards?

Coffee manufacturers are often subject to public scrutiny as consumers look for organic products and agricultural techniques that do not negatively impact local habitats. However, roasting facilities are also subject to scrutiny within their industry. Manufacturers must adhere to strict emission regulations set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These emission limits are in response to the harmful particulate matter (PM) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) that get released during the roasting process.

Understanding what pollutants are released and how to reduce harmful emissions can help manufacturers satisfy EPA regulations and focus on farming and production.
Types of Coffee Roasting Emissions
Cleaning […]

Evolving Tastes Fueling a Premium Push in Baking Operations

The premium push is hitting grocery stores—and it’s changing the way bakery operations work. Organic foods continue to see demand, artisan products are evolving and finding their way into shopping carts, and ingredients are changing. With this push comes a challenge. How can you justify price points, deliver consistency, innovate, and increase shelf life while making changes to adapt?
Artisan and ‘Artisan-Like’ Breads Finding Their Way into Consumer Shopping Carts
One of the biggest trends entering the baking space? Artisan bread. Discussed at the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) and in a recent Baking Business article, customers are pushing demand for […]

Why Is HVAC Design Important?

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems account for 39 percent of the energy consumed in commercial buildings. Industries that use or emit harmful chemicals rely on customized designs to help increase efficiency and keep emissions within Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines.

The unique attributes of each facility impact the overall design, size, and positioning of an HVAC system. If designed well, these systems can help manufacturing plants focus on production and reduce energy costs.
Basic HVAC Design
Manufacturing plants use HVAC systems to heat, ventilate, and cool large interior spaces. The type of action required depends on the facility’s air quality […]

What Does the Back-to-Basics Memorandum Mean for NAAQS?

Despite the opinion of some activists, congresspeople, and Nobel Prize runners-up, the United States is a world leader in emissions reductions. The air is cleaner, even as the US GDP has grown, Americans drove more miles and population and energy use increased. Between 1970 and 2018, the combined emissions of the six common pollutants (PM2.5 and PM10, SO2, NOx, VOCs, CO and Pb) dropped by 74 percent.

With the positive strides that the US has made, much has come at an expense. The processes for developing regulations are convoluted, inefficient, and often less transparent than they should be.

Luckily, a recent memo […]