Industrial Boiler MACT Solutions
In 1970, United States lawmakers passed the Clean Air Act with the aim of reducing air pollution caused by industrial emissions. The Clean Air Act was revised in 1977 and 1990; the 1990 revisions zeroed in on a specific cause of air pollution: industrial boilers. Lawmakers made amendments to the Clean Air Act that specified that industrial boilers had to reduce emissions.
The law targets boilers at “major sources” such as refineries, manufacturing facilities, chemical plants and commercial facilities, and required these businesses to achieve compliance with the regulations by January 31, 2016.
The Race to Compliance
Though the deadline for compliance has now passed, many businesses are still scrambling to bring their facilities up to date. As a result, they face considerable challenges. For many businesses, the goal is to comply with the law without sacrificing the bottom line. This means finding cost-effective solutions that allow the facility to remain in operation while they’re being implemented.
Finding a solution takes time, and implementing one takes money. That’s why it is important to work with a company that understands EPA requirements and can customize a solution for any industry and any facility. Nol-Tec has the experience to deliver IB MACT solutions that deliver reliable results and the know-how to keep demanding compliance processes from overwhelming your business.
IB MACT Regulations: For Everyone’s Health
Chemicals like sulfur, mercury, nitrogen dioxide, lead, and dioxin can have devastating impacts on the health of anyone who is exposed to them. For example, dioxin exposure is known to cause cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and birth defects. Lead poisoning has been linked to miscarriages, developmental delays, and learning difficulties.
These toxins can build up in the body over time. People who live near manufacturing plants and other facilities that use industrial boilers often experience prolonged exposure to these toxins, and over a period of months or years may become very ill.
One of the goals of the Clean Air Act is to protect people from illnesses by preventing exposure to lead, mercury, dioxin, and other harmful substances. To accomplish this goal, it is necessary to limit emissions from industrial boilers. Nol-Tec’s patented Sorb-Tec dry sorbent injection technology is an ideal solution for hazardous emissions abatement. Our customizable Sorb-Tec systems offer reliability and high performance in any application, and are proven effective at mitigating SO2, SO3, HCl, and Hg pollutants in industrial emissions.
The EPA estimates that these regulations will help “avoid up to 8,100 premature deaths, 5,100 heart attacks, and 52,000 asthma attacks.”
Penalties for Failing to Comply
Companies that are not in compliance with EPA rules as of January 31, 2016 may face civil penalties. However, companies can provide defense in hopes of avoiding these penalties. For example, if equipment fails, and this failure is outside of the company’s control, the company may provide this information as a defense and thereby avoid penalties. However, the burden of proof is on the company—if they do not meet the burden of proof, the company will likely be penalized.
IB MACT Compliance as an Investment
Complying with the IB MACT regulations is an investment, not only in avoiding civil penalties, but also in improving the health of employees and people living in the community. When employees are healthier, your business will likely experience a reduction in healthcare-related costs, receive fewer workers’ compensation claims for workplace-related illnesses, and enjoy higher employee productivity.
Your company can also benefit when the people who live near your facility are healthier. There may be people in the community who do not work for you now, but who might in the future; if they’re healthier, they’ll most likely be better employees.
Lastly, reducing emission can reduce overall healthcare costs, which in turn reduces costs for everyone. While IB MACT regulations present challenges, they are also an opportunity to decrease costs and increase productivity over the long term.
How to Reduce Emissions from Industrial Boilers
At Nol-Tec, we help companies in all industries become IB MACT compliant. Dry sorbent injection and activated carbon injection can significantly reduce emissions. We offer dry sorbent injection and activated carbon injection solutions that can be custom-tailored to the unique needs of your business.
We take each and every variable into account to guarantee compliant boiler emission levels, while minimizing costs and maximizing system efficiency. We will develop the ideal system configuration for your facility. From start to finish, we anticipate potential challenges, provide thorough testing to ensure IB MACT standards are met, oversee the installation process, and provide service for the full lifecycle of your equipment. Nol-Tec’s IB MACT solutions will help you pass EPA tests with flying colors.
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