Air Pollution

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    How Can Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers Benefit Your Manufacturing Facilities?

How Can Regenerative Thermal Oxidizers Benefit Your Manufacturing Facilities?

When running a factory, there are dozens of regulations that you have to adhere to in order to guarantee that your plant has an all-around positive impact.[1]

Many of these regulations revolve around managing all types of waste generated by a factory, including air pollutants. Regenerative thermal oxidizers have become one of the most effective methods to treat air pollutants and other hazardous emissions in a wide variety of manufacturing facilities, allowing them to stick to the established regulations while keeping operating costs low.
Volatile Organic Compounds and Hazardous Air Pollutants
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are dangerous air pollutants that can […]

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 […]