The Savings Opportunities Hidden in Emissions Compliance Reporting

One of the major factors that many engineers or company decision-makers often forget about compliance is how air quality control technology can also bring financial benefits to facilities, most often in the form of reduced labor, material savings and risk prevention.

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Use Your Next Air Permit Renewal to Improve Three Baghouse Frustrations

A Hassle, but an opportunity

Many air permits are outdated. Sure, they're still approved and "compliant" but they were written around technology that was available at the time. Typically that is much less accurate than what's available today, and often relies on systems which require frequent calibration, have significant labor requirements, fail to provide early warning of impending issues and involves data management and reporting burdens. But often when an air permit renewal date approaches, it's just one more hassle - and many permits are simply resubmitted with the same language time after time.

But for many plants, their compliance assurance monitoring plans (CAM Plans) are seriously out of date. 

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What's the Difference Between Continuous Emissions Monitoring and Periodic Measurement?

Navigating the complexities of the current and future regulatory environment can pose quite a challenge to many facilities that fall under EPA air emissions standards for particulate matter (i.e. dust). One of the most complex parts of compliance involves monitoring of your pollution control devices. While installing a dust collection system is complicated enough, often times facilities get hung up on the monitoring and reporting side of things rather than on the technical aspects of their collector. 

One issue that comes up frequently for both new and existing plants is whether to conduct periodic monitoring or to implement a continuous emissions monitoring (CEM) system. As we will see the issue depends not only on the particular air permit for each plant but also on several practical factors. 

What Is Periodic Monitoring?

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How to simplify emissions compliance reporting

Everyone's favorite job....NOT

Emissions regulations can seem daunting even just to begin reading. Many standards taking up over 100+ pages in addition to basic outlines established by Title V requirements. And it will come as no surprise to readers of this blog that some of the most onerous aspects of modern emissions regulation involve emissions compliance reporting. Non-compliance with these recording and reporting requirements frequently lead to fines in excess of those related to actual emissions excursions. 

But it's a lot of work, and dreadfully monotonous. So most folks look for ways to reduce the difficulty and complexity of compliance reporting, both to improve efficiency and avoid fines over incorrect reporting. Let’s looks at one way your plant can simplify its emissions compliance reporting. 

Use Triboelectric Monitoring as the Basis for Your CAM Plan

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How to Use EPA Method 9 & Method 22 for visual emissions observation

Oldies....and not so goodies

Plume opacity emission standards and requirements have played a key role in enforcement of federal, state, and local air pollution regulations. Failure to take these regulations seriously can be costly, as violations of opacity limits for air permits can result in up to $25,000 per source per day!

For decades, the most common method used to monitor opacity levels has been the EPA method 9 and 22 visual observation tests. Consistent economical compliance relies on a better understanding of these tests, how they related to legacy air permits in the past ,and how they will relate going forward. 

What are Method 9 and Method 22?

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If I monitor emissions continuously do I have to report the results?

Complying with a CEMS (continuous emissions monitoring system) mandate from the air quality board may seem like a daunting task for most plants. While many eventually install the CEMS few realize that the work does not stop there. Many plants find themselves in trouble not over a lack of the CEMS, but rather over failure to observe the reporting requirements that accompany it. 

What is a CEMS and why use one?New Call-to-action

The CEMS class of devices includes a wide range of different monitoring systems for different pollutants including acid gases like NOx, chlorine, HDIs and particulate matter, as well as other specific hazardous compounds such as heavy metals like lead and hex chrome. For our purposes, we will focus on PM CEMS used for monitoring particulate matter emissions such as what you find placed after a dust collector. 

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Make Your Air Quality Inspector Happy with a Triboelectric Dust Monitor

Time to work together

Many fear the day when the air quality inspector comes to their plant. They might feel that no matter how much or how carefully they prepare, the inspector will always find fault with their operation and thus issue citations and fines. However, there is a way to make the inspector view your operation much more positively. What is it? 

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The Battle Between Triboelectic Dust Detection and Opacity Meters

Regulating authorities require nearly all industrial facilities to measure dust particulate emissions in some fashion. Opacity meters were, for decades, the standard required by the EPA and under many State and Local air permits.

However, in recent years, triboelectric particulate monitors have been promoted by some as superior to opacity meters, and have begun replacing opacity meters in many applications across all industries. So why the change? Is there a reason to switch to triboelectric monitoring devices for dust/particulate monitoring?

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What's the Best Triboelectric Detector For My Company & Application?

When first visiting our website, some might feel overwhelmed by the number of different detection systems we currently offer. Especially because visitors often come with the question "What's the best triboelectric detector for my application" only to face another question "Which Auburn TRIBO is the right technical fit?"

With our main TRIBO line consisting of 8 different models plus additional options it can appear to be a complicated process to decide which one is correct for your application. In this article we thought it would be good to review some of the differences and help you understand why we have different models. Be assured that you need not feel intimidated by the selection of models we offer.  

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Predictions for 2017 Emissions Monitoring Trends

Technology driving savings

Technology is changing every industry...environmental compliance is no exception. Just as the early commercialization of triboelectric detection by Auburn Systems led to changes in MACT compliance, recent advances in technology mean that the trends in emissions monitoring and recording are better and cheaper than ever. Studies show that investment in better PM emissions monitoring produces high ROI both directly and indirectly - impacting the bottom line of facilities. This is due to improved compliance as well as benefits obtained from improved maintenance and operational performance. 

That evolving technology will further impact monitoring, and while we can't predict what the shifting political and regulatory environment might bring, we can certainly observe some long-term emissions monitoring trends that will likely impact most of us this year.

Increased Focus on Approved Electronic Monitoring Instruments

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