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Title: Air pollution compliance focuses on paperwork

Although the 1990 US Clean Air Act Amendments became law more than four years ago, many of the new provisions are just now being implemented. Title 5, the section that establishes a national operating permit program, is creating a flurry of activity in more than 34,000 chemical process facilities, and promises to produce significant business for environmental consulting firms, in terms of regulatory compliance, enhanced monitoring and design and installation of pollution-abatement systems. For the first time, companies now have to verify their own compliance [with emission limits] to regulatory agencies. In addition to the administrative requirements of Title 5, facilities that are not currently in compliance with federal, state and local air regulations will have to incur additional capital and operating costs to meet the terms of their new operating permits. In some cases, this may mean the addition of special valves, pumps, flanges and seals to minimize fugitive leakage. The paper also includes brief paragraphs about equipment components and services which are designed to help operators meet regulatory thresholds.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6735508
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Chemical Engineering (New York); (United States); Journal Volume: 101:12
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; CHEMICAL PLANTS; REPORTING REQUIREMENTS; CLEAN AIR ACTS; COMPLIANCE; ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES; AIR POLLUTION CONTROL; AIR POLLUTION MONITORS; DATA ACQUISITION; NITROGEN OXIDES; CHALCOGENIDES; CONTROL; INDUSTRIAL PLANTS; LAWS; MEASURING INSTRUMENTS; MONITORS; NITROGEN COMPOUNDS; OXIDES; OXYGEN COMPOUNDS; POLLUTION CONTROL; POLLUTION LAWS 290300* -- Energy Planning & Policy-- Environment, Health, & Safety; 540120 -- Environment, Atmospheric-- Chemicals Monitoring & Transport-- (1990-)