In 1970, the same year that Joni Mitchell released an album with the song The Circle Game, the United States laid the foundation for a national effort to control air pollution through the passage of the first modern Clean Air Act (CAA) and the formation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While much has changed since then, the fundamental approach embodied in the 1970 CAA to formalize respective roles and responsibilities in an air quality management approach of the kind illustrated below remains today.
California Bill would require disclosure of cleaning product ingredients
On September 13, 2017, the California Senate passed the final version of the Cleaning Product Right to Know Act of 2017 (S.B. 258), which would require manufacturers of cleaning products to disclose certain chemical ingredients on the product label and on the manufacturer’s website. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 27 to 13. The California Assembly passed the bill by a vote of 55 to 15, with nine votes not recorded, on September 12, 2017. Governor Jerry Brown (D) has untilOctober 15, 2017, to sign...
Expert Interview: Pushing Air Pollution Control Technology Forward
Catalytic Products International has a rich history of innovation and expertise in the field of air pollution control technology, as well as a goal of providing our customers with the knowledge that will help them meet their air pollution control needs. As part of our ongoing series of blogs in which we interview members of CPI’s team, we spoke to Dennis Lincoln, the company’s former president (who is now retired). Dennis began working with CPI in 1973, when he was hired by founder Erwin Betz and...
Air Pollution Is Making Office Workers Less Productive
Businesses invest a great deal of time and money in interventions that claim to increase workers’ productivity through on-the-job training, new protocols, advice from consultants, and so on. Recent research suggests that there’s a surprising input into productivity that no one ever thinks about: clean air. We all know that air pollution is bad for our health, and researchers continue to find evidence of pollution’s negative effects. But recent research has gone further, starting to catalog how...
Dry/Wet Scrubbers for Clean Air Compliance
Air-scrubbing venturis and towers may be the answer to clean air compliance for small- to medium-sized companies. Forthcoming requirements of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 will inventory many more specific chemicals considered hazardous. From acetaldehyde to xylenes, the list regulated under the air taxies program includes 189 hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). That number may grow.The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intends to add another 100 or more chemicals under the “prevention of accidental...
Medical Industry: Scrubber Eliminates Ethylene Oxide Case Study
A contract sterilization service uses a single-stage scrubber to convert this hazardous gas to inert ethylene glycol: ETO Sterilization Inc. provides contract sterilization services for hundreds of northern New Jersey customers, concentrating on spices and herbs, cosmetic ingredients and medical supplies. Two of the largest ethylene oxide sterilization vessels in the world are in operation at their Linden and Carteret, NJ, facilities. The company had to scramble in the mid-1980s when new federal regulations...