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    CPI Installs Thermal Combustor System at Adhesive Manufacturer

     

    Catalytic Products International (CPI) recently installed a Thermal Combustor System (TCS) for the abatement of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) at a Southern USA adhesives manufacturer.

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    Topics: Air Pollution Control, Environmental and Regulatory, News, Blog, Combustor


    CPI Replaces Heat Exchanger at Animal Feed Supplement Manufacturer

     

    Catalytic Products International (CPI) recently completed the rebuild of a CPI QUADRANT SR-13,000 SCFM Recuperative Thermal Oxidizer at a Southern USA animal health and nutrition company for the abatement of odors, VOCs and ammonia from the animal feed manufacturing process.

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    Topics: Air Pollution Control, Maintenance and Repairs, Environmental and Regulatory, News, Blog


    How to Make a Positive Impact on the Environment This Earth Day

    Earth Day April 22 - 300x300Wednesday, April 22, 2020, marks the 50th annual Earth Day.  Earth Day was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, who was concerned that environmental issues were not being addressed.  He created the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, as a "national teach-in on the environment,” with celebrations taking place at universities, primary and secondary schools, and communities across the United States.  The first Earth Day was effective at raising awareness about environmental issues and transforming public attitudes.  It is thought that over 20 million people participated in events that day.  In 1990, Earth Day became a worldwide event, with over 140 countries and 200 million people participating.  Today, more than 1 billion people are involved in Earth Day activities, making it "the largest secular civic event in the world."  

    Since the first Earth Day in 1970, EPA has played a key role in hosting, coordinating and participating in the annual event. As we continue to observe CDC guidance to stem the spread of COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, EPA will offer ways to participate in Earth Day activities and education online through EPA social media channels. https://www.epa.gov/earthday

    To promote public recognition of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, EPA is also inviting everyone to participate by drawing pictures and making signs recognizing Earth Day to hang in the windows of their homes to celebrate with neighbors and their community. A printable sign is also available online. Those who wish to share pictures of their artwork are welcome to do so on social media using the hashtags #EarthDayAtHome, #EarthDay2020, and #EPAat50.

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    Topics: Air Pollution Control, Environmental and Regulatory, Blog


    EPA Proposes Reclassifying 7 Areas to Serious in 2019

    12/17/19 Update: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) takes final action in determining that seven ozone nonattainment areas that are classified as ‘‘Moderate’’ for the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) failed to attain the standards by the attainment date.  The effective date of this ruling is September 23, 2019.

    2008 OZONE MODERATE NONATTAINMENT AREA FINAL ACTION SUMMARY

    2008 NAAQS nonattainment area                  Attained by the           Failed to attain by          Extension of the moderate area
                                                                                      attainment date         the attainment date       attainment date to July 20, 2019
           

    Baltimore, MD ..................................................................... X ..................................................................................................................................
    Chicago-Naperville, IL-IN-WI .................................................................................. X ..........................................................................................
    Dallas-Fort Worth, TX ............................................................................................... X ..........................................................................................
    Greater Connecticut, CT ............................................................................................ X ..........................................................................................
    Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX ...........................................................................X ...........................................................................................
    Mariposa County, CA ......................................................... X ....................................................................................................................................
    Nevada County (Western part), CA .........................................................................X ...........................................................................................
    New York-N. New Jersey-Long Island, CT-NJ-NY ...............................................X ...........................................................................................
    San Diego County, CA ............................................................................................... . X ..........................................................................................
    Inland Sheboygan County, WI ................................................................................... .............................. ............................... X...........................
    Shoreline Sheboygan County, WI .............................................................................. .............................. .............................. X...........................

    On December 16, 2019, the EPA also took final action by reclassifying the Denver Metro/North Front Range ozone nonattainment area from Moderate to Serious nonattainment.  

    These EPA final actions set a new deadline of July 20, 2021, for the areas to attain the 2008 ozone standard.

                    

                                                                                                                                 

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Proposes Reclassifying Seven Areas in 2019 to “Serious” for the Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

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    Topics: Environmental and Regulatory, News, Blog


    Ethylene Oxide Sterilization - Air Pollution Control Options

    Ethylene oxide (EtO) is a flammable, colorless gas used as an agent to sterilize equipment and plastic devices that cannot be sterilized by steam, such as healthcare devices and instruments.   Ethylene oxide is also used to make other chemicals that produce many everyday products including plastics, textiles, adhesives, detergents and cosmetics. 

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    Topics: Air Pollution Control, Environmental and Regulatory, Catalytic Oxidizer, News, Pharmaceutical & Medical, Case Studies


    Expert Interview: Consulting on Environmental Regulations

    At Catalytic Products International, we work with a variety of experts who deal with air pollution control systems at every level. Just as we regularly share our clients’ success stories, we want to look at the work that our team does to meet those clients’ needs.

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    Topics: Air Pollution Control, Environmental and Regulatory, Safety Regulations, Expert Interviews, Blog


    EPA Regulations: How CPI Can Help You Maintain Continuous Compliance

    As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) develops new control technique guidelines, the definition of the RACT (Reasonably Available Control Technology) standards changes on a state level. 

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    Topics: Environmental and Regulatory, Blog


    Measuring VOC Abatement Air Flow - Tips and Tricks


    Accurate measurement of airflow is a key part of properly sizing and selecting a new air pollution control device such as a thermal or catalytic oxidizer. Ongoing maintenance of existing thermal oxidizer’s should also include periodic air flow measurements. Usually, airflow measurement is a straightforward exercise, but special situations sometime occur that require alternatives. In this blog, we'll discuss the basics of airflow measurement and how to handle some problematic conditions.

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    Topics: Air Pollution Control, Maintenance and Repairs, Environmental and Regulatory, Blog


    What Does a Non-Attainment Designation Mean?


    Air quality regulation starts with National Ambient Air Quality Standards, more commonly known by the abbreviation NAAQS. The NAAQS represent the maximum concentration of each regulated pollutant that can be present in the air we breathe, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Each maximum concentration is chosen to fulfill the EPA’s mandate to protect human health and the environment. 

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    Topics: Air Pollution Control, Environmental and Regulatory, Blog


    NFPA Report Examines Explosions in Ovens, Furnaces, and Dryers

    NFPA_Report_-_Oven_Furnace_and_Dryer_Explosion_Incidents.jpgRecently, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) funded a report that looks to gather information regarding explosions in ovens, furnaces, and dryers. The report was prepared by Sreenivasan Ranganathan and Sean Gillis of the Fire Protection Research Foundation. The report is important work that will be used by the NFPA technical committee during review of the upcoming code revisions.

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    Topics: Environmental and Regulatory, Safety Regulations, Blog


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