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    A Review of the Industrial Emission Control Systems Market Report and What It Means for the Industry

A Review of the Industrial Emission Control Systems Market Report and What It Means for the Industry

The Industrial Emission Control Systems Market Report, issued by Allied Market Research, predicts the sector will amass $21,133 million by 2022. The report offers a detailed review of current behaviors and future trends within the sector, highlighting investment opportunities, market dynamics, and technological innovations. But what are the key factors driving the Global Industrial Emission Control Systems market, and what do these projections mean for the industry moving forward?

What
does the report cover?

The
report reviews swathes of historical and current data from all corners of the
industry. Research into the production, consumption, revenue, market share, and
growth rate in North America, Europe,
Asia-Pacific, and […]

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 […]

What Does the Back-to-Basics Memorandum Mean for NAAQS?

Despite the opinion of some activists, congresspeople, and Nobel Prize runners-up, the United States is a world leader in emissions reductions. The air is cleaner, even as the US GDP has grown, Americans drove more miles and population and energy use increased. Between 1970 and 2018, the combined emissions of the six common pollutants (PM2.5 and PM10, SO2, NOx, VOCs, CO and Pb) dropped by 74 percent.

With the positive strides that the US has made, much has come at an expense. The processes for developing regulations are convoluted, inefficient, and often less transparent than they should be.

Luckily, a recent memo […]

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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 […]

  • Regular Maintenance Pollution Control Equipment Improve Efficiency
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    Why Regular Maintenance of Pollution Control Equipment Can Improve Efficiency

Why Regular Maintenance of Pollution Control Equipment Can Improve Efficiency

Large manufacturers must adhere to strict emission limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Clean Air Act. In order to meet these standards, some plants must reduce the number of harmful chemicals used during the production process. However, facilities emitting high volumes of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) as exhaust must turn to Pollution Control Equipment to minimize emission levels.

The pressure that manufacturers face to meet emission standards, keep overhead costs low, and satisfy production deadlines can mean they pay less attention to maintenance. However, taking more care to monitor and maintain pollution control units can lead […]

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    The Importance of VOC Regulations and How They Can Affect Your Manufacturing Process

The Importance of VOC Regulations and How They Can Affect Your Manufacturing Process

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP) are generated when chemicals vaporize and form a gas. These gases create ground-level pollution, also known as smog. While these compounds are harmful to humans, they are also highly toxic to the environment. Therefore, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates the amount of VOCs and HAPs released by manufacturers nationwide.

Furthermore, specific guidelines exist for each type of product used by manufacturers, such as automobile, architectural, and aerosol coatings. As a result, facility owners may be subject to varying limits, both within the production process and for the emissions generated by […]

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    Is Your Current Emissions Control Operation Optimized for Best Results?

Is Your Current Emissions Control Operation Optimized for Best Results?

How to know when it’s time for a change.
Manufacturers must adhere to strict emission limits set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), industry leaders, and governing bodies. The Clean Air Act (1970) enforces these limits and updates them as new technologies emerge. While removing the use of harmful substances during the production process is recommended, it is not always feasible for manufacturers reliant on specific chemicals.

An emissions control system regulates and reduces the output of harmful pollutants by collecting and destroying volatile organic compounds (VOC) during production. Choosing the best system for your business is essential for meeting EPA […]

How to Reduce VOC Emissions From Paints and Coatings

Paints and coatings are used in many manufacturing processes and are responsible for a significant amount of VOC emissions, which are regulated under strict environmental laws (e.g., the Clean Air Act).

One of the most effective ways to lower the costs associated with air pollutant abatement in manufacturing is to minimize VOC emissions caused by the use of paints and coatings. Here’s how:
1. Increase Paint Transfer Efficiency
During the spray painting process, a certain amount of paint goes past the target and is wasted, thereby increasing VOC emissions.

By improving paint transfer efficiency, which refers to the amount of paint deposited on […]

Controlling Nitrogen Oxides in the Manufacturing Industry

Nitrogen oxides (NOx) are common air pollutants emitted during many industrial manufacturing processes. Their emission is controlled by the EPA, and manufacturers are required to control the amount of NOx their processes release into the atmosphere.
What Are Nitrogen Oxides?
NOx occurs mostly in the form of nitric oxides (NOx) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), both of which are corrosive and hazardous to health.

Nitrogen, in its natural form (N2), is an inert gas that makes up 80% of the air. However, as a single atom, it is quite reactive and can combine with oxygen in the air to form a few different […]

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    NAAQS Update: Seven Areas At Risk to Be Labeled Serious Ozone Areas

NAAQS Update: Seven Areas At Risk to Be Labeled Serious Ozone Areas

Are you a manufacturer or other producer in or around Chicago, Dallas, Houston, San Diego Nevada County (CA), New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut? You may face new requirements in the coming years pertaining to your emissions levels.

Following a November announcement by the EPA, these areas have failed to attain the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards by the required date for “Moderate” nonattainment status. What does this mean and how could it affect your business? We explore this in detail below.
Background: National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)
Under the Clean Air Act of 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency […]