Environmental Protection Agency

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 […]

What Are the Different Types of VOC Detectors Available?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are created when harmful chemicals vaporize at room temperature. Large manufacturing plants using solvents or toxic chemicals during production can release dangerous levels of VOCs into the air. These gases create photochemical smog, which can cause severe health issues in humans and damage the environment.

As per strict EPA guidelines, manufacturers must monitor and control the amount of VOCs they release into the atmosphere. Plant personnel must also monitor the amount of VOCs present inside or around the facility itself. Sensors are used to detect VOC levels and keep workers aware of any changes in the […]

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    States to Play a Bigger Role in EPA Compliance and Enforcement

States to Play a Bigger Role in EPA Compliance and Enforcement

What happens when the Federal Government works to cut red tape and regulations? Efficiency. In the past few years, regulatory bodies across the United States have found that despite capped spending growth and fewer regulations, they have begun to work faster and more efficiently, with some leveraging more technology or delegating to the states. One such example of this exists in a recent memorandum released by the Federal EPA which will increase the efficiency by which the EPA and states plan inspections, enforcement, and more.

The memorandum, Enhancing Effective Partnerships Between the EPA and the States in Civil Enforcement and […]

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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 […]

Four Ways The CMM Group Helps Food Manufacturers

Food manufacturing is an art and a science. Everyone needs to eat, and you ensure it happens. However, food manufacturers are as unique as the products they provide, and with these unique needs come challenges specific to each facility. At The CMM Group, we work with firms like yours every day to design, manufacture, and install a wide range of machinery for firms like yours, including but not limited to the following:
Pollution and Odor Control
For food manufacturers, pollution control is a challenging concept. While many people may think that the smell of freshly baked bread is one of the […]

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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    Staying EPA Compliant With Proper Abatement Equipment Maintenance

Staying EPA Compliant With Proper Abatement Equipment Maintenance

For many manufacturing plants, following EPA’s requirements on pollution control and staying within the demands of EPA’s operating permits can be both costly and challenging.

Plant managers not only have to ensure compliance but also tackle various human errors and material limitations regarding the operation of the abatement equipment and volatile organic compound (VOC) control systems, such as:

Unintentional adjustment of the equipment that causes sub-optimal functioning.
Lack of knowledge in the pollution control procedure that leads to the shutting down of a production process.
Equipment fatigue and failure that causes a device to shut down or operate under unsafe […]