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Curbing Emissions From The Manufacture Of Wood Products

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Many types of industrial facilities must control airborne emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), to meet site-specific regulatory thresholds. For instance, makers of manufactured wood products such as oriented stand board, particleboard, medium-density fiberboard, high-density fiberboard, and plywood routinely generate organic-laden exhaust streams during the drying and pressing operations. To keep from emitting VOCs and HAPs, wood-processing and other industrial facilities often incinerate their VOC-laden exhaust streams using conventional, high-temperature regenerative thermal oxidizers (RTOs). Inside an RTO, hydrocarbons, VOCs and HAPs in the exhaust stream are reacted with oxygen and oxidized at elevated temperatures and are converted into the byproducts carbon dioxide and water vapor.


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