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EPA Responses to Refinery Flare AMELs Hit Federal Register

Apr 25, 2018

EPA today published their response to Alternative Means of Emission Limitation (AMEL) requests from four refineries and a chemical plant. These are: ExxonMobil (Baytown), Marathon (GBR and Garyville), Chalmette (Chalmette), and the chemical plant[…]

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What to Know About Conducting a Performance Specification 11 (PS-11) Test

Mar 22, 2018

Performance Specification 11 (PS-11) establishes the initial installation and performance procedures required for evaluating the acceptability of a particulate matter (PM) continuous emission monitoring system (CEMS). 

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Clean Air Engineering Is Now ISO 17025 Accredited

Mar 22, 2018

CleanAir is now accredited to ISO 17025, the international standard for competence of testing laboratories. This is in addition to two other accreditations we hold: ASTM D7036 (Standard Practice for Competence of Air Emission Testing Bodies) and[…]

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EPA Proposes Refinery Sector Rule Amendments - Part 2

Mar 21, 2018

This is Part 2 of my blog post on EPA's proposed amendments to the Refinery Sector Rule (RSR). Part 1 covered changes to Subpart CC (MACT 1). Part 2 covers changes to Subpart UUU (MACT 2) and Subpart Ja.

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EPA Proposes Refinery Sector Rule Amendments - Part 1

Mar 20, 2018

On Monday, March 19, 2018, US EPA issued proposed amendments to the Refinery Sector Rule (RSR). These amendments are based on three petitions of reconsideration filed with the agency -- two of these were joint submissions by the American[…]

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EPA Finalizes New Enclosed Flare AP-42 Emission Factors

Mar 20, 2018

On February 5, 2018, the EPA finalized its review of the existing VOC emissions factor for flares at natural gas production sites.

EPA evaluated test data available for flares at natural gas production sites, data from testing conducted by[…]

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Shell Flare Consent Decree Lodged

Feb 16, 2018

On February 12, 2018, the Department of Justice lodged a proposed consent decree with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The alleged violations involve flares used at a chemical plant owned and operated by Shell[…]

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Salon Analyse Industrielle

Feb 7, 2018

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EPA Allows Refineries to Measure Flare Vent Gas NHV with Mass Spectrometers

Feb 6, 2018

EPA has published a broadly applicable approved alternative test method (ALT-124) allowing refineries subject to 40 CFR 63, Subpart CC to use mass spectrometers to measure the net heating value of flare vent gas. The original language of the[…]

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infoBits: Smoking Flares

Feb 6, 2018
1) Flares tend to smoke (produce soot) in fuel-rich areas of the combustion zone when there is insufficient oxygen/temperature to complete the combustion process. In high efficiency flames, visible soot is produced within the combustion zone and[…]
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New Elliptical Pitot Tube for Water Flow Measurement

Jan 15, 2018

Water flow rate is often a critical measurement for various power plant components and systems including cooling towers, pumps, and condensers. For over 40 years the Simplex-type Pitot Tube has been the industry standard for accurate water flow[…]

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MATS Electronic Reporting (E-Reporting)

Dec 22, 2017

If your facility is an EGU that complies with Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), you are probably aware of some new electronic reporting dates in the coming year. On April 6, 2017, a final rule on MATS electronic reporting was published in[…]

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Benefits of Cloud-Based Monitoring In Environmental Applications

Dec 7, 2017

The need to reduce cycle time and drive efficiency throughout the value chain will always be a critical business focus. And with the digital transformation of environmental monitoring, we can shift these requirements away from historically being[…]

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Lima Refining Company Flare Consent Decree

Nov 10, 2017
The Department of Justice recently entered a Consent Decree with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in the lawsuit entitled United States v. Lima Refining Company, Civil Action No. 3:17-cv-01320-JZ.Among other issues[…]
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