Discovering Potential Pitfalls in Healthcare Facilities

Tom Petersen Healthcare Environments 3 Comments

People enter a hospital or continuing care facility to get well, and every facility does its best to make that happen. Despite the best efforts of medical staff, one in 25 patients contracts a hospital-related infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, medical personnel are exposed to infectious diseases and injuries from medical equipment, poor ergonomic …

Upcoming NESHAP Compliance Dates for Area Sources

Allison Stalker Compliance and Enforcement Leave a Comment

In February of 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) rule for area source boilers.  In early 2014, some of the compliance requirements will be due. Area sources are any source that emits less than 10 tons per year of any single air toxic or 25 tons per year of any combination …

Is Your Facility Exempt From The Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines Rule?

Josh Shkrab Environmental Regulations 3 Comments

The National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE) regulations were finalized on Friday, August 20, 2010.  The rule is designed to regulate unconventional and conventional air toxics emitted from stationary engines that include formaldehyde, acrolein, acetaldehyde, methanol, carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and particulate matter (PM), which are …

EPA Publishes New Area Source NESHAP Regulations

Allison Stalker Environmental Regulations 1 Comment

On February 21, 2011, the new boiler area source final rules were signed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator.  Area sources are any source that emits less than 10 tons per year of any single air toxic or 25 tons per year of any combination of air toxics.  Most of the boilers under this rule are located at commercial …

Final Air Toxics Standards for Area Sources in the Chemical Manufacturing Industry

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In October 2009, the EPA released new national air toxics standards for small to medium sized chemical manufacturing facilities that meet the “area source” definition (Subpart VVVVVV).  More stringent air toxics (also known as NESHAP or MACT) standards currently exist for major sources in the chemical industry.  Typically, the EPA grants up to three years for facilities to ensure compliance …

New Surface Coating Regulations – Are You Up To Date?

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Please contact Tom Petersen at tom@eesolutions.net (www.eesolutions.net) for further details related to the following article, which appeared in a recent edition of our email newsletter EES Essential Elements, and was written by Trish Carney. The U.S. EPA passed two new Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAP) rules last year regarding painting and paint stripping plus metal fabrication and finishing operations that might …

NESHAP For Area Sources

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Due to the large number of Area Source National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (Area Source NESHAP) being promulgated at this time, EES will devote several posts to the subject. Area Source regulations regulate Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP) from facilities that are NOT majors source of HAP. Last month we provided a summary of Area Source NESHAP for Iron …

NESHAP for Area Sources – Iron & Steel Foundries

Tom Petersen Air Quality, Emissions, Environmental Regulations 1 Comment

Most of the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) promulgated to date apply to major sources emitting at least 10 tons per year of an individual HAP or 25 tons per year of total HAP. EPA has recently begun focusing on area sources, which by definition are not major sources. Numerous regulations will be promulgated in the coming …

Residual Risk: NESHAP for Petroleum Refineries

Tom Petersen Air Quality, Environmental Regulations 1 Comment

In 1995 the Petroleum Refinery National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) was finalized. EPA has been evaluating the risk remaining after this date and has issued a proposed regulation on September 4th, 2007 to address this residual risk. EPA has focused on 3 of the 7 sources of air emissions at refineries: wastewater treatment systems, storage systems and …

The Boilers NESHAP Deadlines Are Fast Approaching

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(Regulation: 40 CFR Part 63, Subpart DDDDD, Effective Date: September 13, 2004, Compliance Deadline: September 13, 2007) Overview: The Boilers NESHAP requires maximum achievable control technology (MACT) for Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters. The Boilers NESHAP affects a wide range of industries due to the varied applications of the machinery under regulation. The regulation is applicable to …