Thursday, October 6, 2016

EPA Formaldehyde Emissions Testing Rule for Manmade Wood Products

On July 27, 2016, EPA finalized a rule to reduce exposure to formaldehyde vapors from certain wood products produced domestically or imported into the United States.

The Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products Act of 2010 established emission standards for formaldehyde from composite wood products and directed EPA to finalize a rule on implementing and enforcing a number of provisions covering composite wood products.

Other links:
prepublication copy of the formaldehyde emissions standards final rule

press release

Thursday, September 22, 2016

EPA finalizes reconsidered issues in Area Source Boilers Rule

This month, EPA set forth its final rule on the issues for which reconsideration was announced on Jan. 21, 2015 that pertained to aspects of the February 2013 final amendments to the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Boilers in the Area Source Boilers Rule.
The provision that pertains to biomass-fired boilers is the one that eliminates further performance testing for particulate matter (PM) for certain boilers based on their initial compliance test. EPA has now finalized an alternative provision to require PM performance testing once every five years when initial compliance tests show that PM emissions are equal to or less than half of the limit instead of totally eliminating further PM performance testing.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Stack Testing – Method 202 Particulate

We always say that a picture is worth a thousand words. It perfectly applies in this Method 202 residue study.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

US Army, Hawaiian Electric Break Ground on Bioenergy Facility

On Aug. 22, the U.S. Army and Hawaiian Electric Co. broke ground on a 50 MW power plant that will run on a mixture of biofuel and conventional fuels. The facility is scheduled to be operational by spring 2018.

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Court Vacates Portion of EPA's MACT Rule

On July 29, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued an opinion on a lawsuit regarding the U.S. EPA’s Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT rule), vacating certain elements of the rule.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Particulate Emissions Measurement

Particulate emissions measurement has long been a topic of nuanced discussion about how the manner of measuring the matter influences results.  The following discussion thread from the Source Evaluation Society's LinkedIn group covers some of those nuances.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Three Lessons in Innovation from Jeff Bezos

In a service industry driven by slow-moving Federal regulations, the first two lessons may be a bit less applicable, but #3 is universal.

The foundation of customer care is in the name: care about what your customers need and want. Anticipating their needs is essential to the framing that you build on top of that foundation.