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Air Pollution

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 […]

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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. […]

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 […]

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    Rebound or Recession: Why Manufacturers Can’t Ignore Pollution Control

Rebound or Recession: Why Manufacturers Can’t Ignore Pollution Control

The news travels so fast nowadays, and it’s often tough to keep ahead of the trends. The same day you see mentions of a potential recession, you see reports that manufacturing productivity is on the rise. Add to this the political turmoil going on, and many people are rightfully asking where the economy is headed. Knowing this, no matter where the US is heading, it’s important to remember that an investment today in air pollution control equipment is a smart decision.
Air Pollution Control for the Good Times
According to an October report from the Federal Reserve, U.S. factory output increased […]

Understanding the Difference Between VOCs, VVOCs, and SVOCs

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies a Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) as “any compound of carbon that participates in atmospheric photochemical reactions.” This classification excludes carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonic acid, ammonium carbonate, metallic carbides, and carbonates. VOCs are released into the air when harmful chemicals vaporize. The boiling point of a particular compound can be used to gauge how easily it vaporizes, and therefore how volatile it is. The lower the boiling point, the higher the volatility.

The EPA monitors the amount of VOCs released into the air by manufacturing plants and sets restrictions on their annual emissions. By […]

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    How to Create an Effective Preventative Maintenance Plan for Your Pollution Control Equipment

How to Create an Effective Preventative Maintenance Plan for Your Pollution Control Equipment

Pollution control equipment is a vital part of the manufacturing industry. Facilities emitting volatile organic compounds (VOCs) must meet strict air quality guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). VOCs are released into the atmosphere when harmless chemicals vaporize and can cause health issues to humans, as well as damage the environment. Therefore, large manufacturing facilities must use pollution control equipment to capture and destroy toxic compounds to reduce their emissions and stay within federal and state limits.
Why Is It Important to Maintain Pollution Control Equipment?
Pollution control units are specifically designed to destroy harmful compounds emitted during the […]

Building a Sustainable Manufacturing Operation

In today’s litigious and media-driven landscape, in which a disparaging article can cause boycotts and potentially destroy businesses, companies in all industries need to stay ahead of the curve. It’s no longer about global warming, it’s about climate change. Paired with this, it’s no longer enough to do just enough to remain compliant, you need to show that you are a leader in your field.

Over the years, we have looked to highlight the risks of noncompliance, discuss the increased media focus on an ever-consolidating paint industry, explore the questionable-yet-creative ways activists and attorneys are attacking compliant businesses, and offer […]

Types of Ancillary Systems for Pollution Control Equipment

The logistics of installing, running, and maintaining pollution control equipment is unique to each manufacturing facility. Production processes, VOC levels, and the size of a plant can dictate what type of equipment must be used to garner optimum results. These variables must be taken into account when selecting a control unit.

However, depending on the facility, ancillary systems may also be required to ensure the unit works efficiently in that specific environment. Turn-key systems with custom ancillary components make it easy for plant personnel to operate the unit efficiently while getting the most of our their pollution control equipment.
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