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The onsite industrial dryer had the potential to release carbon monoxide (CO) and nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions via their industrial dryer. Due to these potential emissions, the facility was required by the the state regulatory agency to complete and submit the proper air permitting forms and to install a baghouse. These requirements were needed to ensure that air pollution contamination was not occurring at the site.
The facility had a high concentration of combustible dust, rendering them out of compliance with the EPA’s National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) regulations and placing site personnel at risk in the event of a combustion incident. The facility needed to remove this risk and implement best management practices in a quick and efficient manner to prevent any such incident from occurring.
evaluation of permit applicability
The facility’s operating baghouse had the potential to release dust emissions from scrap electronic devices into the air. Due to the potential for air pollution emissions, the facility needed to evaluate the dust to see if the particulate matter was below the benchmarks stated in the Air Quality Control regulations. These benchmarks needed to be met to ensure that the facility was not emitting hazardous air pollutants.