Do you have a new dust collector project? Are you looking to make modifications to your existing system? Before designing or modifying your dust collector, it’s best to find out what air permits and guidelines may be required to make sure your plant is meeting air quality standards and local fire codes, if applicable. These requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency or your local municipality can range from efficiency ratings, height restrictions, placement restrictions, explosive gases, fire hazards and more.
EPA and Air Pollution Control Standards
The Clean Air Act is a United States federal law designed to control air pollution at a national level. Its purpose is to protect public health and welfare. At the highest level, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the governing body that publishes nationwide requirements for air quality standards. From there it is the States’ responsibility to ensure they enforce permits and guidelines that meet air quality standards and maintain control over emissions that may cause harm or cross state lines. He
Avoid These Problems:
By obtaining permits and guidelines prior to starting new projects or making major modifications you will avoid these issues:
- Lost time and expense on re-designing a dust collector system that does not meet local permits and guidelines
- Plant shut down by your local/state government for non-compliance
- EPA fines for emitting harmful pollutants
- Poor air quality and unsafe work environment for plant workers (OSHA)
- Operational deficiencies due to poor air quality that impacts plant production.
Air Permits and Local Guidelines
This brings us to the question; where do I go to get this information? In most areas, your state or local air agencies will issue air permits. Your next step would be to talk to your local municipality or city hall. Typically, the governing body closest to the problem is going to be most affected and they will be able to direct you and let you know if this is a county or state issue. Air permits and local guidelines will also vary depending on your industry, plant size, application, and dust collector type.
If you’re interested in learning more about your state’s air quality regulations, follow the link below to the EPA’s website. Keep in mind that each local municipality, county, or state may have unique requirements regarding building restrictions, air pollution control equipment, and filter efficiencies. For example, some cities may mandate height and/or placement restrictions whereas another city or municipality may not.