Combustible Dust Safety in the Recycling Industry – Part 2

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Dominick DalSanto is a guest contributor to the EES blog.  Dominick is an environmental technologies expert for www.baghouse.com and has authored numerous articles, whitepapers, and blogs on dust collection systems for industrial sources.  This is Part 2 of his series on combustible dust safety. Selecting a Dust Collector To begin your search it is vital to look for a company who can …

Combustible Dust Safety in the Recycling Industry – Part 1

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Dominick DalSanto is a guest contributor to the EES blog.  Dominick is an environmental technologies expert for www.baghouse.com and has authored numerous articles, whitepapers, and blogs on dust collection systems for industrial sources.  This is Part 1 of his series on combustible dust safety. Introduction An explosion at the Imperial Sugar plant in Port Wentworth, Ga, on February 7th, 2008 resulted in 14 …

A Majority of Areas in the US Are Meeting Air Quality Standards for Lead

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) completed a study on the lead contamination in the air.  The study has determined that 39 states are meeting the national air quality standards for lead.  These standards were strengthened in 2008, decreasing the standard to .15 micrograms of lead per cubic meter of air.  This was a ten-fold difference from the previous standard. …

First Texas Greenhouse Gas Permit Issued

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The U.S. EPA issued the first greenhouse gas (GHG) permit in the state of Texas on November 12, after assuming regulatory control over its air permitting program in January of 2011.  The permit was issued to the Lower Colorado River Authority’s (LCRA) Thomas C. Ferguson Power Plant, a natural-gas fired facility located in Llano County, Texas.  LCRA proposed replacing the …

EPA Published Final Rule On SO2 Emissions From PA Power Plant

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  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted the long awaited petition filed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to reduce sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions from a neighboring Pennsylvania power plant.  The initial petition was filed by NJDEP on September 17, 2010, where it asked EPA to assess the air quality and SO2 levels in Warren, Sussex, …

Air Pollution Linked To Birth Defects

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A recent collaborative study between University of Texas-Austin and Peking University researchers published earlier this month linked air pollutants and pesticides to a 450 percent increase in risk for birth defects. The primary pesticides responsible for the risk increase are endosulfan and lindane, which are used for agricultural purposes.  In the U.S., these pesticides have only recently been banned, but …

Can Trees Help Clean Our Air?

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A recent international study revealed trees to have  significant air pollution mitigation potential in urban areas with substantial amount of particulate matter (PM10).  The study entitled, “Estimating the removal of atmospheric particulate pollution by the urban tree canopy of London, under current and future environments” was published in the recently released November issue of the journal Landscape and Urban Planning.  …

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Issues Technical Air Quality Permitting Documents

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection submitted technical guidance documents for public review and comment to the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Tuesday, October 12.  The technical documents concern new sources of stationary air emissions and whether the “air aggregation” determinations are applicable for the issuance of permits.  The problem with the “air aggregation” determinations arise from the potential aggregation of two …

Strategies for Odor Abatement at Commercial and Industrial Facilities

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Indoor air quality (IAQ) is an important aspect of the safety of commercial and industrial facilities.  Poor odors in a facility can be a signal to poor IAQ and can lead to the shutdown of workplaces for cleaning and renovations.  To avoid this, a proper odor abatement plan should be implemented.  These plans will differ for commercial and industrial facilities. …

Pennsylvania in the Top 20 States with Most Toxic Air Pollution

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  The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released an analysis on the toxic pollution from power plants entitled “Toxic Power: How Power Plants Contaminate Our Air and States”.  The report was also released by the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR).  The report found that almost half of all toxic air pollutions in the United States comes from coal and oil …