Gulf Coast Environmental Systems designs, engineers, manufactures, and offers service to a wide range of pollution control solutions, treating countless different compounds and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). We have put together a collection of detailed articles that explain the most common VOCs we face in our industry, and outline some of the ways we abate them. GCES is constantly adding to this list, so be sure to check back, often.
CASE STUDY – NUCLEAR WASTE
- Industry: Nuclear
- Project Type: Soil Remediation
- Location: Benton County, Washington
- Project Goal: Treat highly contaminated waste vapors
- Equipment Type: Thermal Catalytic Oxidizer
Gulf Coast Environmental Systems was tasked with finding a solution for decommissioned nuclear waste storage tanks that were leaking contaminated toxic vapors into the environment.
Seventy years ago, this site produced plutonium for the United States’ nuclear arsenal. Now, it’s run by the Department of Energy through a contractor. The contractor is managing a $110 billion cleanup of 56-million-gallons of chemical and nuclear waste, stored in 177 underground tanks. It is estimated that 150-300 gallons of radioactive waste per year was leaking into the environment. This cleanup project is expected to last the next 50 years. This contractor asked GCES to find an extremely long lasting solution that would destroy 99% of the toxins in the polluted waste vapors, that were escaping the tanks. [Read more…]
Industrial air pollution gets a lot of slack in the media, because it has been directly linked to climate change. Regulatory agencies on nearly every continent have taken further steps to reduce the amount of emissions allowed by industrial processes, and the only method of reducing the pollutants in exhaust emissions is with industrial air pollution control equipment.
In many manufacturing processes, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are produced as a byproduct of production or processing. Industrial air pollution control equipment is used to process or abate those dangerous chemicals and compounds, so they do not end up in the air, soil, and/or water. This encompasses just about every manufacturing process you can think of; food, beverage, packaging, steel, natural gas, oil, cosmetics, automotive, paint, pharmacy, printing, et cetera. The price to install this equipment varies greatly, from tens of thousands of dollars, to millions of dollars, depending on the size of the process streams, and what types of VOCs and hazardous air pollutants the streams contain. This equipment is mandatory in most cases, and is the responsibility of the facility to purchase.
Because of the associated cost, pollution control equipment is often something facilities are not excited to purchase. But what if pollution control equipment was on the profit side of your budget sheet, instead of the expense side? There are a few ways pollution control equipment can help pay for itself, and sometimes even produce a profit for the facility.
- Methane Abatement
- Heat Recovery
- Solvent Recovery
- Carbon Trading
- Tax Incentives
- VOC & NOx Trade
- RNG + Green Energy
Part 3 of Abating Hazardous Air Pollutants: NOx
What is NOx? The term NOx refers to the family of air polluting chemical compounds, Nitrogen Oxides. NOx represents seven different compounds although only one, Nitrogen Dioxide, is regulated by the EPA. Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) is carefully monitored by the EPA as not only an air pollutant but also for its reaction with the ozone and the creation of acid rain. NO2 is reddish-brown gas with a bitter odor similar to that of Chlorine. NO2 is also commonly referred to as Nitrogen Oxide and Deutoxide of Nitrogen and is highly reactive.
NO2 is an intermediate in the manufacturing nitric acid. Nitric acid is a nitrating agent in the manufacturing of chemical explosives, as a flour bleaching agent, as an inhibitor for acrylates and an oxidizer in rocket fuel. It was used in the Titan rockets which launched Project Gemini, in numerous unmanned space probes and remains in use for space travel in the maneuvering thrusters of the Space Shuttle. [Read more…]