Corporate social responsibility (CSR) became popular during the 1980’s and has continued to remain a pillar of corporate structure. Gulf Coast Environmental Systems (GCES) serves as an integral part of many organizations with pollution control as a component of their CSR policy. In this article we will review how to develop a CSR, the advantages and disadvantages of publishing a CSR policy and how to effectively communicate your organizations CSR to improve community relations and public perceptions.
The EPA lists 187 different chemicals and compounds as hazardous air pollutants (HAPS). These are compounds that’s emissions are regulated, and must be partially or fully destroyed from any exhaust stream, prior to being released in the atmosphere. These compounds are generally rather well known in the pollution control world, and there are established best practices for the handling of them. However, there is a new list of pollutants that is starting to garner attention from regulatory agencies; these are called “Emerging Contaminants.”
Emerging contaminants, also known as contaminants of emerging concern, have been identified in bodies of water, and are believed to negatively affect human health. The EPA is currently monitoring the following contaminants, all of which are the result of the manufacturing, use, or improper disposal of common products, medications, and chemicals: [Read more…]
We have all seen the industry outlook articles, claiming to name the upcoming industry leaders and trends for this year. You might notice these articles list completely irrelevant “trends” and a number of companies that paid to be called “up and coming,” Gulf Coast Environmental Systems has been recognized as an industry leader for nearly two-decades. We work in some of the most challenging environments on the planet, with some of the harshest pollutants. Because of this, we have a constant pulse on the pollution control field.
With 2020 upon us, we sat down with a few of our in-house experts and put together a list of trends and changes the industry should expect this year.
The most obvious issue facing nearly every industrial facility is the public focus on pollution and climate change. In 2019, we were presented with study after study proving a connection between pollution and serious human health risks, and even death. With 24-hour access to these studies, and widespread social media use, the general public is starting to raise their voice in protest, and demanding government action. This, in combination with increased urbanization in previously underdeveloped areas, the regulatory agencies of the world have started to demand more stringent destruction requirements.
Most of the trends we expect to see in 2020 are related to the pressure that these regulatory industries are facing, regarding specific applications and/or emissions. Below are the “hot topics” for 2020: [Read more…]
Vapor-rich and wastewater waste streams, such as those from the rendering process, pose challenges for traditional treatment systems. Gulf Coast Environmental Systems provides robust, economic solutions to these challenges utilizing thermal oxidizers which apply the combination of heat and time to combust pollutants into harmless CO2 and water.
Some of the harshest pollution control applications are in the rendering field of the food processing industry. The waste stream can contain odors, ammonia, fats, grease, water and other vapors, and even particulate matter, all in a wide ranging mix. GCES’ custom designs systems to handle these difficult processes based on each facilities waste output and goals. Included in our solution is the Aqueous RTO wastewater destruction system with capabilities that allow for processing of both air and water pollution simultaneously. The process is controlled through metered injection of the water into a pre-heated inlet stream into the oxidizer for complete destruction using the standard oxidation process. The following is a comparison of the Aqueous Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) and a Vapor-Tolerant RTO for implementation in the treatment of food rendering waste streams. [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