Air Quality Control

Arresting Indoor Air Quality Criminals in Metal Finishing and Chemical Tanks

by Angela Vawter January 25, 2017

When you think of criminals, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t humidity or hazardous mists and vapors. But these so-called ‘criminals’ — indoor air quality criminals, that is — can escape from open surface tanks causing irritation or harm to operators, as well as corroding the surrounding building structure and supporting utility […]

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Planning for the New CCR Rule: A Focus on Groundwater Monitoring

by Katie Bland June 2, 2014

An impending U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule expected by the end of this year could mean big changes for utilities in how coal combustion residuals (CCRs) are regulated. CCRs are currently classified as exempt waste under an amendment to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), but under the new rule, CCRs would be […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Considers Greenhouse Gas Regulations

by The Burns & McDonnell Team February 18, 2014

Coal-fired utilities in the United States are operating in a state of uncertainty pending a Supreme Court decision on greenhouse gas regulations, due to be heard next month. The court’s decision, on whether stationary sources of emissions should be caught up in regulations designed to reduce emissions from motor vehicles, could have huge ramifications for […]

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Infographic: Global Energy Consumption And Energy Saving Tips

by The Burns & McDonnell Team June 28, 2013

We use a lot of energy worldwide. And while that isn’t a newsflash, global energy use is an issue that’s becoming increasingly important amid concerns about energy dependence, diminishing supplies and adverse environmental effects. In the United States, we have the distinction of using more energy than other countries: twice the European average and five […]

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CSAPR Stay Means Continued Uncertainty for Electric Utility Business

by The Burns & McDonnell Team January 5, 2012

Many electric utilities around the country collectively breathed a huge sigh of relief on December 30, 2011, two days before the  Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) was to begin, when the U.S. Court of Appeals stayed the rule. CSAPR was a replacement for the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), which the same court had determined was flawed just […]

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