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  • How to Maintain Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer RTO
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    How to Maintain a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) Effectively

How to Maintain a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) Effectively

Today’s manufacturers are under increasing pressure to meet strict environmental regulations, and an effective emission control system is vital to the ongoing operation of a plant.

The Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) is one of the most popular and cost-effective ways for emissions control. Here’s how to properly maintain this piece of critical equipment:
The Importance of RTO Maintenance
Due to the high operating temperature and exposure to corrosive chemicals, minor issues in an RTO can fester into major problems that could bring the entire manufacturing plant to a halt if they aren’t discovered and dealt with in a timely manner.

Here are the […]

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 […]

  • 4 Steps Best Industrial VOC Abatement Solution
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    4 Steps To Choosing the Best Industrial VOC Abatement Solution

4 Steps To Choosing the Best Industrial VOC Abatement Solution

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are one of the most common and dangerous pollutants emitted by manufacturing plants. Not only are they harmful to human health, but releasing these substances into the atmosphere can also be a violation of environmental regulations.

It’s therefore essential to implement the right industrial clean air solution for your manufacturing operation. There’s a variety of VOC abatement strategies available – here’s how to select the most appropriate technologies for your plant:
Define Your Requirements
There are many considerations when implementing a VOC abatement strategy. You need to understand all the constraints and requirements so that you can select […]

  • State Implementation Plans Part 2
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    State Implementation Plans: SIP Execution and Enforcement (Part 2)

State Implementation Plans: SIP Execution and Enforcement (Part 2)

Following the announcement in the Federal Register that certain areas are no longer in Moderate nonattainment and will soon be moved to Severe nonattainment specifically for Ozone, many manufacturers in this area may face new expectations, regulations, and standards in the coming year regarding their emissions. In the coming months, states in charge of these areas will submit new State Implementation Plans (SIPs) for reducing ground-level Ozone to comply with 2008 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

While this may only pertain to certain areas, the 2015 standards are rapidly approaching their enforcement dates, lowering the levels of permissible 8-hour […]

  • Labeled Ozone Areas
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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 […]

  • State Implementation Plans Part 1
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    State Implementation Plans: How Plans are Developed and Enforced Part 1

State Implementation Plans: How Plans are Developed and Enforced Part 1

The Clean Air Act is a complicated set of rules and regulations that affect the way that we commute, produce, and operate businesses across the United States. With so many moving parts and enforcement activities, the process for remaining compliant with location-based NAAQS is challenging for many areas, and it’s on the states to develop plans and initiatives to improve air quality.

As we discussed in our last blog, there are currently seven areas that failed to maintain their classification as “moderate” nonattainment areas for Ozone, as dictated by the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). With 2015 […]

  • Cost of Pollution
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    The Global Cost of Pollution and the Health Benefits of Clean Air

The Global Cost of Pollution and the Health Benefits of Clean Air

Today, private companies and entire countries are obsessed with progress and technology. Industrialization and the expansion of urban areas are often regarded as logical advancements, but they also generate a myriad of secondary effects that may potentially outweigh their benefits.

Global pollution has been in the limelight for decades at this point, and it has recently hit critical stages. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 12.5 million people die from environmental hazards every year, which include:
Water Pollution
As the name indicates, this type of pollution affects available water sources. Contaminants may come from industrial facilities, sewage systems, or […]