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Amendments to the Clean Air Act

How well do you know your air pollution regulations and laws? We’ve spent a lot of time looking at different considerations regarding air pollution, starting with a lawsuit in first century AD, a royal edict on pollution in the 1300s, and early efforts to cull air pollution throughout the years, culminating in laws passed in the 1950s, 1960s and 70s that lead us to today’s blog on the Amendments to the Clean Air Act which shaped the current regulatory environment.
CAA Amendments of 1977
The Carter Administration, along with one of the initial proponents of the 1970 Act, looked to make […]

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    A Starter’s Guide to Emission Control Strategies for Paint Factories

A Starter’s Guide to Emission Control Strategies for Paint Factories

It’s no secret that certain types of factories can release dangerous pollutants into our atmosphere. Paint manufacturing plants, for instance, can produce dangerous byproducts in the form of vapor or gas emissions, which are known as volatile organic compounds or VOCs.

This has led to the development of emission control equipment and strategies that destroy VOCs, while only producing heat, water, and carbon dioxide as byproducts. One of the most popular and effective systems out there are Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers, also known as RTOs.

In this article we will discuss the hazards of VOCs, the regulations that paint manufacturing plants must […]

History of Air Pollution Laws – Part 2

The Clean Air Act (CAA) wasn’t the first major change in the regulatory environment. Today, we would like to look at a bit of background, sharing the demands for increased pollution controls in the 40s and 50s, and the move to write the Clean Air Act in 1963, before major changes in 1970.

The Clean Air Act traces its roots back to the Air Pollution Control Act of 1955, signed into law by the Eisenhower Administration, and the Clean Air Act of 1963 and Air Quality Act of 1967, both signed into law by the Johnson Administration. However, the act […]

History of Air Pollution Laws – Part 1

The Clean Air Act (CAA) of 1970 (with major amendments in 1977 and 1990) set forth many of the regulations we know today in the air pollution control industry. Signed into law alongside the National Environmental Policy Act (the law creating the Environmental Protection Agency), this bill was the first of its kind to establish the United States Federal Government’s role in controlling air pollution from organizations.

However, attempts to stave off air pollution date back much longer than that. In fact, there have been complaints about, litigation against, and even regulations to control pollution dating back to the move […]

Know thy Enemy: Hazardous Air Pollutants

Following our recent blog on the prevalence of volatile organic compounds and strategies for removing them from your manufacturing process, it’s time to look at the chemicals that were explicitly earmarked by the Environmental Protection Agency as dangerous. Also known as Hazardous Air Pollutants, these pollutants cause or may cause serious damage to the environment or employee health. As with our blog on VOCs, this will provide you a very brief introduction to HAPs, the Clean Air Act (CAA), the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), and more.
What Are Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs)?
Put simply, Hazardous Air Pollutants, […]

Know Thy Enemy: Volatile Organic Compounds

“If you know your enemies, and you know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles.” These words by leading military strategist and inspiration for dozens of business books Sun Tzu are important for everything from business to life to even our topic of the day, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), something we will be discussing today.
You Have a Business to Run—We’ll Make This Quick
Hundreds of thousands of pages have been written on the impact of and strategies to eliminate VOCs and other hazardous air pollutants from the manufacturing process. Federal and State-Level Government agencies have been established […]

Attention Printing and Coating Industry Leaders!

INFO*FLEX 2016  is March 7-8th
Tap into the power of a smart, forward-thinking global community that will drive your business forward and be sure to visit The CMM Group at booth 132 for a custom solution to your VOC/Air Pollution Control needs.
FTA’s 2016 Forum, “Power of the Past, Force of the Future,” takes place March 6th-9th at the Omni Fort Worth in Fort Worth, TX.  The INFO*FLEX Exhibition is co-located with the event and positioned to take place on March 7th and 8th at the Fort Worth Convention Center.
Each Forum registration includes entrance into INFO*FLEX, where nearly 250 exhibitors will showcase their latest products […]

RTO Installation in China Destroys VOC Emissions By 98%+

Continuing to expand their global presence, The CMM Group installed a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer in Dongguan, China when a Chinese manufacturer of evaporative cooling pads (used in the agriculture industry) approached them to destroy VOC emissions from the corrugating process.

The manufacturer needed a reliable solution that operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to efficiently control the phenol emissions and turned to The CMM Group for help.

The RTO installation was a success. Installed on a concrete pad, the new 8,000 SCFM (12,500 NCMH) Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer successfully destroys the emissions by 98%+.

The CMM Group recently opened The […]

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    The CMM Group installs Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer at China Petro-Chemical Plant

The CMM Group installs Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer at China Petro-Chemical Plant

Located in Tianjin, China, one of the world’s leading petro-chemical companies needed to destroy VOC emissions from their purified terephthalic acid (PTA) plant.

The emissions that resulted from the manufacturing process included methyl acetate, xylene, benzene, methyl bromide, methanol, and CO.
Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer Installation – CMM Group Opens China Based Office
After reviewing several VOC abatement technologies, the company hired The CMM Group to install a 22,500 SCFM (35,500 NM3/Hr) 3-canister Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer which achieves 99% VOC destruction with 95% TER (thermal energy recovery).

The CMM Group recently opened The CMM Group (China) Limited, their Beijing, China office to assist Chinese based manufacturing […]

Custom Industrial Oven Case Study

Food Processing Equipment Manufacturers, such as The CMM Group, provide custom production equipment to meet a variety of needs.

One of America’s largest frozen pizza manufacturers contracted The CMM Group to engineer an infrared pre-melter, (commonly known as an IR cheese pre-melter). The custom designed production machine equipment replaced the company’s existing convection oven pre-melters.

The IR cheese pre-melter oven fused cheese and pizza toppings together by emitting a flash of heat to the top of a frozen pizza in order to reduce topping movement during packaging and distribution of the product. The industrial oven provided the manufacturer with the freedom […]