One-Year Compliance Alternative Issued for Cement NESHAP

In an amendment issued as a direct final rule, the EPA is providing a temporary alternative compliance demonstration method to sources subject to the Agency’s National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for the portland cement manufacturing industry. The rule was originally promulgated in 1999 and has since been reworked with multiple, significant amendments.

Boiler MACT

Q. Will a source having four large gas fired boilers with fuel oil back up trigger the Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology Standards (MACT) if it burns oil to avoid high natural gas prices?

Requirements Established for Specialty Coatings

Following its Clean Air Act (CAA) residual risk and technology review (RTR) of its 1995 National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) covering aerospace manufacturing and rework facilities, the EPA is amending NESHAP by establishing requirements for specialty coating operations, which were not previously subject to NESHAP.

D.C. Circuit Upholds 2012 Chromium NESHAP

In an opinion filed July 21, 2015, two legal challenges to multiple aspects of EPA’s 2012 revised National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) governing chromium electroplating and anodizing facilities were consolidated and denied in their entirety by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  The EPA had revised […]

O&M and Safety Tips for Emergency Generators

Have you ever lost power and needed an emergency or backup generator to continue operations? Do you have an emergency generator onsite or do you have a plan to find one when a situation arises? Today we will discuss some operation and maintenance (O&M) tips for on-site emergency generators and some safety tips for portable […]

Seven Tips to Make Sure Your Asbestos is Adequately Wet

Acronyms and Definitions Before we list the tips, let’s take a minute to define some asbestos terms that are applicable in demolition/renovation projects. ACM—asbestos-containing material, i.e., any material that contains more than 1% asbestos. Sometimes it is best to leave ACM in place. ACWM—asbestos-containing waste material, i.e., waste that contains commercial asbestos and is generated […]

Texans Breathing Easier After Big EPA Enforcement Settlement

Texans Breathing Easier After Big EPA Enforcement Settlement The recent enforcement action against a Port Arthur, Texas chemical manufacturer once again proves the EPA’s dedication to getting industrial facilities to clean up their act, and their community’s air, or face penalties and costly improvements. The company, which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a […]