Hazardous Air Pollutants

  • Controlling HAP and VOC Emissions with Rotary Concentrator Systems
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    Controlling HAP and VOC Emissions with Rotary Concentrator Systems

Controlling HAP and VOC Emissions with Rotary Concentrator Systems

Reducing the impact that manufacturing plants have on the environment has become one of the hottest topics of conversation today (Science Daily). Factory owners and managers have to follow EPA-established standards and regulations in order to prevent excess pollutants from entering our atmosphere (EPA). That being said, finding the best way to destroy these emissions is a constant challenge.

While there are many types of VOC abatement systems out there, rotary concentrators offer a great solution for industries that have high exhaust volumes with low concentration levels. In this article, we’ll go over the basics of rotary concentrators, how they work, […]

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    Taking Proactive Steps to Pollution Control During Consolidation in the Paint Industry

Taking Proactive Steps to Pollution Control During Consolidation in the Paint Industry

The paint industry has continued to become more and more centralized. With no more than a few hundred players globally, the power is becoming centralized at the top—and according to the Wall Street Journal, more consolidation may be on the horizon. With industry consolidation comes intense focus by regulators, investors, and members of the press, creating an environment where one slip-up could become a PR or investor nightmare. Today, we would like to explore the current state of consolidation in coatings, and discuss why it pays to be proactive in your pollution control activities.
A History of Consolidation in the […]

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 […]

History of Air Pollution Laws – Part 1

The Clean Air Act (CAA) of 1970 (with major amendments in 1977 and 1990) set forth many of the regulations we know today in the air pollution control industry. Signed into law alongside the National Environmental Policy Act (the law creating the Environmental Protection Agency), this bill was the first of its kind to establish the United States Federal Government’s role in controlling air pollution from organizations.

However, attempts to stave off air pollution date back much longer than that. In fact, there have been complaints about, litigation against, and even regulations to control pollution dating back to the move […]

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, […]