Environmental Protection Agency

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 […]

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    Manufacturers Need to Remain Vigilant in the Wake of Increased Scrutiny

Manufacturers Need to Remain Vigilant in the Wake of Increased Scrutiny

It may be odd to think that a state can charge a manufacturer for anything ranging from product liability to global warming prevention using a very loose interpretation of a law often used to fine people for unkept lawns or running an illegal gambling ring, but there’s currently a dangerous trend that could set dangerous precedent for everyone in the manufacturing community.
Continued Scrutiny on the Manufacturing Community
In a recent blog, we discussed that there is increased focus on manufacturing emissions, due in part to the consolidation taking place between some of the global players in paint and coatings.

However, the […]

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    The CMM Group Releases VOC Abatement Guide for Paint and Coatings

The CMM Group Releases VOC Abatement Guide for Paint and Coatings

Since the dawn of time, humans have wanted to leave their mark. Whether it’s a cave, the Sistine Chapel, or the walls of your home, humans have found ways to combine pigments and carriers for the past 65,000 years in order to leave a lasting impression on a surface. While paint has been around for millennia, mass manufacturing, understanding of volatile organic compounds, and regulations regarding production are a new concept.
VOC Abatement in the Paint and Coatings Industry
New concept or not, these regulations still control the materials you use, the processes you employ, and the amount you emit, and […]

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    The Current and Future Challenges Surrounding Air Pollution Abatement

The Current and Future Challenges Surrounding Air Pollution Abatement

It’s no secret that air pollution is extremely dangerous for both the general public and the environment. This is one of the reasons why the Clean Air Act of 1970 was established in the first place – to help improve public health while reducing the impact humans have on the natural world.

Although the air pollution levels have dramatically decreased over the last 45 years, airborne contamination is still a major issue. Industrial facilities need to abide by regulation set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) when it comes to pollution emissions and their abatement mechanisms.

In this article, we’ll discuss […]

The Science of Pollution Control: Destruction Efficiency

As we continue our Science of Pollution Control series, we would today like to look at another important consideration in pollution control: destruction efficiency.
What is Destruction Efficiency?
Destruction efficiency is, in simple terms, the effectiveness to which an oxidizer (VOC Abatement System) works.

Sometimes referred to as destruction and removal efficiency (DRE), this is a percentage that represents the number of molecules of a compound removed or destroyed in an oxidizer relative to the number of molecules that entered the system. (For example, a DRE of 99.99 percent means that 9,999 molecules are destroyed for every 10,000 that enter.
Calculating Destruction Efficiency
As […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Know thy Enemy: Hazardous Air Pollutants

Following our recent blog on the prevalence of volatile organic compounds and strategies for removing them from your manufacturing process, it’s time to look at the chemicals that were explicitly earmarked by the Environmental Protection Agency as dangerous. Also known as Hazardous Air Pollutants, these pollutants cause or may cause serious damage to the environment or employee health. As with our blog on VOCs, this will provide you a very brief introduction to HAPs, the Clean Air Act (CAA), the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP), and more.
What Are Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs)?
Put simply, Hazardous Air Pollutants, […]