Air Pollution

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    Staying EPA Compliant With Proper Abatement Equipment Maintenance

Staying EPA Compliant With Proper Abatement Equipment Maintenance

For many manufacturing plants, following EPA’s requirements on pollution control and staying within the demands of EPA’s operating permits can be both costly and challenging.

Plant managers not only have to ensure compliance but also tackle various human errors and material limitations regarding the operation of the abatement equipment and volatile organic compound (VOC) control systems, such as:

Unintentional adjustment of the equipment that causes sub-optimal functioning.
Lack of knowledge in the pollution control procedure that leads to the shutting down of a production process.
Equipment fatigue and failure that causes a device to shut down or operate under unsafe […]

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    How To Reduce the Cost Of Pollution Abatement In Manufacturing

How To Reduce the Cost Of Pollution Abatement In Manufacturing

US manufacturers spend over $24 billion per year in pollution abatement and continue to bear a significant burden in environmental regulatory costs for waste disposal, wastewater treatment, and air pollution abatement.

In order to reduce cost and stay competitive, manufacturers need to reduce the cost of controlling pollution so they can become more profitable. Here are a few key areas to focus on:
Lowering Cost Of Waste Disposal
One of the most effective ways to lower the cost of waste disposal is to reduce the production and volume of manufacturing wastes and the resources required to process them:

Increase the efficiency of […]

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    How to Learn More about Your State’s Pollution Control Requirements

How to Learn More about Your State’s Pollution Control Requirements

The United States is built on the idea that different states have different needs, and one-size-fits-all regulations are rarely the best option. With 3.5 million square miles of landmass, varying altitudes, and a wide range of population densities and industries, implementing any massive regulatory change pertaining to air pollution would be implausible and ineffective.

Simply put, applying the same standard to a manufacturer in Iowa and California wouldn’t take into consideration the needs of either business or the community surrounding it. An overarching standard would be too strict for one and too lax for the other and would fail to […]

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    Keeping it Clean: Oxidizer Maintenance Tips for Efficiency and Effectiveness

Keeping it Clean: Oxidizer Maintenance Tips for Efficiency and Effectiveness

Thermal and Catalytic Oxidizers are expensive pieces of equipment both initially and over the course of their decades-long useful life. While expensive to install and operate, they play a vital role in your compliance efforts. For these two reasons alone, it pays to keep these pollution control solutions not only operational, but efficient as well. Therefore, keeping your air pollution control solution well maintained is critical to reduce costs, maintain compliance, and ultimately keep your operations running.
Dangers of Unplanned Downtime: Costly Repairs, Potential Penalties
When air pollution control systems such as thermal or catalytic oxidizers shut down unexpectedly, the entire […]

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    Reducing Emissions: The Most Effective HAP Abatement Systems

Reducing Emissions: The Most Effective HAP Abatement Systems

The reduction of air pollution has become one of the biggest global talking points for several decades. World leaders have held a great deal of meetings with the sole purpose of addressing environmental pollution. These have led to established entities like the EPA, which is now in charge of monitoring and regulating air pollution emissions in the US.

Although current emissions are much lower than the last 5 decades, a significant amount of pollution enters our atmosphere on a daily basis. These include dangerous compounds like hazardous air pollutants, which have harmful effects on the general public health and the […]

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    How to Reduce Air Pollution from Factories and Industrial Operations

How to Reduce Air Pollution from Factories and Industrial Operations

There are thousands of industrial facilities around the world, all of which contribute to producing billions of consumer products. While these products may be extremely helpful, their production also puts a huge amount of stress on the environment and our health.

For this reason, the reduction of air pollution has become one of the hottest debate topics in the last 60 years. This article will talk about the different ways that factories and other industrial operations can reduce air pollution and destroy these compounds before they enter our atmosphere.
Common airborne pollutants generated by industrial operations
There are hundreds of different air […]

Understanding Harmful Chemicals: Air Pollution Abatement

Even the smallest industrial operations can release different types of dangerous air pollutants. While all factories should implement ways to treat these emissions before they enter the atmosphere, it’s also important to choose the right machinery.

The best way to choose the best air pollution abatement systems is to understand the emissions your factory generates. In this article, we’ll go over the common types of air pollutants that most factories generate and discuss the impact they may cause.
The impact of pollution
Factories can generate solid waste, liquid residues, and airborne pollutants. All of these are very dangerous and must be handled […]

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    Manufacturers Need to Remain Vigilant in the Wake of Increased Scrutiny

Manufacturers Need to Remain Vigilant in the Wake of Increased Scrutiny

It may be odd to think that a state can charge a manufacturer for anything ranging from product liability to global warming prevention using a very loose interpretation of a law often used to fine people for unkept lawns or running an illegal gambling ring, but there’s currently a dangerous trend that could set dangerous precedent for everyone in the manufacturing community.
Continued Scrutiny on the Manufacturing Community
In a recent blog, we discussed that there is increased focus on manufacturing emissions, due in part to the consolidation taking place between some of the global players in paint and coatings.

However, the […]

3 Pollution Control Challenges for Baking Operations

Even though the United States has been leading the way in pollution control and emissions have continued to drop since the passage of the Clean Air Act, various industries such as the manufacturing of food products still results in the release of volatile organic compounds, odors, and other pollutants.

In many industries, and even in certain food manufacturing processes, facilities have numerous options to reduce their emissions that could include anything from a change in materials to a change in product.

On the other hand, pollution control at a baking operation is different than many other manufacturing processes:

Nearly Impossible to […]

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    The Current and Future Challenges Surrounding Air Pollution Abatement

The Current and Future Challenges Surrounding Air Pollution Abatement

It’s no secret that air pollution is extremely dangerous for both the general public and the environment. This is one of the reasons why the Clean Air Act of 1970 was established in the first place – to help improve public health while reducing the impact humans have on the natural world.

Although the air pollution levels have dramatically decreased over the last 45 years, airborne contamination is still a major issue. Industrial facilities need to abide by regulation set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) when it comes to pollution emissions and their abatement mechanisms.

In this article, we’ll discuss […]