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4C Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Conference

John Bacon & Jim Barufaldi |
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Apr 06 - Apr 08, 2022 2:00 PM

Hilton Austin
500 East 4th Street
Austin, TX 78701
United States

TRC will present at the 4C HSE Conference in Austin, Texas.

Jim Barufaldi will present Boiler and Process Heater Tuning as a Best Management Practice.

The accurate measurement of particulate matter (PM) from low emitting sources has been historically difficult. In response to this and after extensive collaboration with the emissions measurement community, the USEPA published Other Test Method 37 (Measurement of PM2.5 and PM10 Emissions at Low Concentrations by Dilution Sampling). OTM-37 incorporates the dilution sampling approach established in Conditional Test Method (CTM) 39 (Measurement of PM2.5 and PM10 Emissions by Dilution Sampling) and applies more sensitive ambient air gravimetric sampling and analysis methods to the diluted and cooled source gas sample to achieve greater sensitivity.

This presentation will provide an overview of PM formation and possible biases in historical measurements, an overview of OTM-37 operation, and a discussion of the results from extensive OTM-37 testing performed by the presenter.

John A. Bacon will present Boiler and Process Heater Tuning as a Best Management Practice.

While most facilities perceive 40 CFR 63 Subpart DDDDD (Boiler and Heater MACT, or MACT DDDDD) as costly regulation, four years of data compiled from the annually and biennially recurring tune-ups indicates the opposite is true. In fact, regular boiler and process heater tuning for natural gas fired sources can lead to considerable cost savings related to fuel use and a simple payback on the tune-ups services within months. The purpose of this presentation is intended to enlighten the audience on the benefits of boiler and process heater tuning, using data compiled from tune-ups performed on nearly 600 combustion sources, and conducted in accordance with the Boiler MACT work practice standard. Also, how a facility can further benefit from the regular performance of these services beyond the regulatory framework.

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