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    Air Pollution Control Challenges for Fiberglass Manufacturing

Air Pollution Control Challenges for Fiberglass Manufacturing

Fiberglass is an incredible product. With high tensile
strength and stability, low weight, and resistance to heat, chemicals, and
fire, few products deliver the versatility that fiberglass does.

From RV and trailer manufacturers who turn to fiberglass for
easy maintenance and lightweight body, homeowners who want fire-resistant
building products, or someone who needs a stronger, corrosion-resistant storage
tank, fiberglass is relied on by millions of people, companies, and more.

Lighter and More Durable, Your Customers Get the Benefit—But You Have to
Tackle the Pollutants

But… There’s a downside. No matter how beneficial your
products are, you still generate a whole lot of air pollution. Even if your
lightweight products […]

Reducing Emissions at Your Engine Test Facility

Engine testing and certification is an important part of any
R&D process. Naturally, this process exists to ensure reliability and that the
engines themselves are compliant with EPA standards, but that means you’re
holding and operating multiple HAP and VOC producing items in one place. Often
existing in or near main population centers, stakes are high, and regulations
are strict.

Today, we look at the role that engine test facilities play
in the automotive industry, discuss some of the challenges that companies face
in reducing emissions, and explore how to reduce air pollution at facilities.

The Importance of Engine Test Facilities

Engine testing is a vital process […]

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 […]

How Do VOCs Impact the Environment?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are created when toxic chemicals vaporize and form harmful gases. Natural events like wildfires release large quantities of VOCs every year. However, industrial operations and other man-made processes contribute a significant percentage to the planet’s overall VOC emissions.

Atmospheric photochemical reactions occur when VOCs are exposed to sunlight. Depending on the amount and type of VOCs emitted, these reactions can disrupt ecosystems and have crippling effects on both humans and the environment.
What is a VOC?
VOCs are volatile carbon compounds, such as butane, toluene, pentane, propane, xylene, or ethanol. Although considered harmful, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonic […]

Does Your Coffee Manufacturing Plant Meet EPA Standards?

Coffee manufacturers are often subject to public scrutiny as consumers look for organic products and agricultural techniques that do not negatively impact local habitats. However, roasting facilities are also subject to scrutiny within their industry. Manufacturers must adhere to strict emission regulations set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These emission limits are in response to the harmful particulate matter (PM) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) that get released during the roasting process.

Understanding what pollutants are released and how to reduce harmful emissions can help manufacturers satisfy EPA regulations and focus on farming and production.
Types of Coffee Roasting Emissions
Cleaning […]

Why Is HVAC Design Important?

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems account for 39 percent of the energy consumed in commercial buildings. Industries that use or emit harmful chemicals rely on customized designs to help increase efficiency and keep emissions within Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines.

The unique attributes of each facility impact the overall design, size, and positioning of an HVAC system. If designed well, these systems can help manufacturing plants focus on production and reduce energy costs.
Basic HVAC Design
Manufacturing plants use HVAC systems to heat, ventilate, and cool large interior spaces. The type of action required depends on the facility’s air quality […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Make Pollution Control a Competitive Advantage

When you think of your air pollution control system, it’s likely you see it as a cost of compliance—necessary to avoid fines and lawsuits. Often, companies think of it in the same way they think of quality assurance; failure is more costly than success, and avoiding failure is seen as the only benefit. However, there is a way to turn pollution control into a competitive advantage that can set your company up for long-term success.

Today, we will explore a few reasons you should think of your pollution control solution as more than a necessary cost to avoid EPA fines.
Reduced […]

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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 […]