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Emissions Control

Emissions control and the vital role of thermal oxidizers.

Thermal oxidizers have played a vital role in Emissions Control Permitting since the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. By reducing the levels of pollutants that are released to the atmosphere thermal oxidizers are effective in the destruction and removal of more than 80% of the 189 specified Hazardous Air Pollutants under the CAA.

Along with identifying this list of 189 toxic air pollutants, the Clean Air Act Amendments (CAA) of 1990 established programs that set limits on how much of a pollutant can be in the air anywhere in the United States. In order to achieve the pollution limits, the CAA created an Emissions Control Permitting program for larger stationary sources.

What is a “stationary source”?

According to the Unites States EPA, a “stationary source” is “any building, structure, facility, or installation, which emits or may emit any air pollutant.”

Clean Air Act, Title 1, Section 111, Subsection 3

What does the Clean Air Act mean for business owners?

Under the program, owners of sources are required to obtain an Emissions Control Permit from the state in which it resides.

The Emissions Control Permitting process forces owners to:

  • Monitor and measure the amount of pollutants that are released from each source
  • Provide information about which pollutants and the quantity of pollutants that may be released
  • Reveal steps taken to reduce the amount of pollution

Visit the US EPA website at www.epa.gov for more information about Emissions Control Permitting.

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