Air Pollution

The CMM Group Releases VOC Abatement Guide

What does new car smell have in common with freshly baked bread? The same thing it has in common with diesel emissions, dry cleaning solution, a can of paint, and a vast majority of manufacturing emissions. All of these are the result of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon-based compounds that exist as a gas in normal temperature and pressure. Many of these compounds are responsible for adverse health, economic, and environmental effects.
Volatile Organic Compounds Pose Threats to Health, Economy, and Environment
While the definition of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) is simple—carbon-based compounds that exist in a gaseous form at normal […]

  • Combustion and Pollution Control
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    The Three T’s of Combustion (and Why They Matter in Pollution Control)

The Three T’s of Combustion (and Why They Matter in Pollution Control)

Today, we’re about to go back to class, exploring the basics of combustion, what it takes to achieve complete combustion, and why all of this is important to VOC abatement at manufacturing organizations.
What is Combustion?
In chemistry, combustion is a basic equation meaning “the reaction of oxygen with anything.” When applied to propulsion (internal combustion engines), heat generation, or pollution control, combustion is understood to be the reaction of oxygen with a compound containing carbon and hydrogen.
Basic Chemistry of Combustion
Also known as “burning,” the combustion process occurs when the initial bonds of a carbon-based chemical are destroyed and bond with […]

Know Thy Enemy: Particulate Matter

What can be said about particulate matter? It’s everywhere. Whether it’s larger, visible particles like dust, soot, or road dirt, or smaller particles that are visible en masse like smoke or smog; these particles can cause a lot of issues ranging from temporary discomfort to chronic health issues, as well as reduce visibility and combine with other chemicals to cause compounded damage.

Following our investigations into Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), our deep-dive into their prevalence and removal strategies for VOCs in paint manufacturing, and our look at Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs), we would like to look at another ‘enemy’ of […]

  • Most Effective VOC Abatement Technologies
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    The Most Effective VOC Abatement Technologies Available Today

The Most Effective VOC Abatement Technologies Available Today

It’s no secret that manufacturing plants, such as paint mills, need to follow rigorous regulations when it comes to disposing of all their waste[1]. This includes the dangerous gas emissions known as volatile organic compounds or VOCs.

These air pollutants are known for causing health complications when concentrated indoors. At the same time, they can also result in the formation of smog and other environmental complications when concentrated outdoors. Finding the most effective VOC abatement technology is critical to creating a sustainable manufacturing facility.

In this article, we will discuss the definition of volatile organic compounds, and highlight the most effective […]

  • RTO Benefits for Manufacturing Facilities
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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 […]

  • Emission Control Strategies for Paint Factories
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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 […]