Ever-changing regulations and guidelines inhibit production and reduce profits


Operators of chemical processing facilities are always under scrutiny from environmental protection regulatory agencies. Overlapping and frequently confusing regulations that affect the industry are enforced on federal, state, and local levels.

To make life even more difficult for the chemical plant operator, volatile organic compound (VOC) and hazardous air pollutants (HAP) control standards are often a moving target. As U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) develops new control technique guidelines, the definition of Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) standards on a state level changes.

As other facilities are built or modified, the prevention of the significant deterioration program changes. As EPA tightens down on air quality standards, states have to require even stricter controls of air pollutants from facilities in their region.

Failing to keep up in this ever-changing regulatory landscape can be expensive and time-consuming. “Continuous compliance” is now the standard EPA expects industry to meet. Lack of knowledge of the changes in regulatory standards or failure of a control device can result in fines and in additional permit restrictions that inhibit production and reduce profits.

The ideal air pollution control solution for any industrial operator – especially in chemical processing industries where productivity is vitally important – involves controls that are proven reliable in the harshest environments and that are engineered to meet not only today’s requirements, but tomorrow’s as well.

In the following, we examine a typical and challenging application in the chemical processing industry; an application that demanded a custom engineered solution that could perform reliably in a variety of conditions. It’s the kind of challenge operators in the chemical processing industry face every day and meeting it means designing controls that not only exceed today’s challenging environmental standards, but do so economically without disrupting production.

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