Air Pollution Control Innovations

Potash Mining Venturi Scrubber

Posted by Andy Bartocci on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 @ 09:56 AM

A common application for Venturi scrubbers is potash mining.  Venturi scrubbers are used to remove particulate from industrial dryers that dry the potash material.  A cyclonic separator or chevron style entrainment separatordownstream of the Venturi removes particulate–laden water droplets from the gas before it is exhausted into the atmosphere.  The type of entrainment separator can impact the system performance and make a significantpotash mining scrubber, potash scrubber difference in plant emissions.  A well designed chevron style mist eliminator achieves significantly lower emissions than a cyclonic separator.  This is because the chevron style mist eliminator allows the Venturi scrubber to operated at a higher pressure drop for the same system pressure drop. The chevron entrainment separator is also more efficient at removing water drops.

A chevron style mist eliminator removes more than 99% of the water droplets down to 25 microns with less than 0.25 inches W.C. of pressure drop.  By comparison, a cyclonic mist eliminator requires 4 to 6 inches W.C. of pressure drop to remove 98% of 25 micron droplets.  The additional pressure drop required by the cyclonic separator effectively reduces the pressure drop that can be applied to the Venturi throat and consequently lowers collection efficiency.  The additional water droplets that escape the cyclonic separator (98% vs. 99% removal for 25 micron water droplets) contain particulate which will impact stack test results.

Consider an air permit for a potash facility located in the Southwestern United States.  The permit allows for the operation of two 2 dryer systems, each with a Venturi scrubber. The dryers contribute significantly to the facility wide total suspended particulate (TSP) emissions.  A typical potash dryer for this size of facility exhausts around 40,000 acfm with a particulate loading as high as 3 gr/dscf.  This is a little more than half a ton per hour of particulate for both dryers.

Venturi scrubbers with cyclonic separators designed for 99% removal result in approximately 10.4 lb/hr of particulate emissions for both scrubbers or 46 tpy. However, an equivalent Venturi scrubber with a chevron style mist eliminator achieves 99.9% removal. This results in less than 1 lb/hr of particulate emissions for both dryers, or less than 5 tpy. The higher performing Venturi scrubber design reduces plant emissions by over 40 tpy. This performance increase can have a significant difference in air quality for the surrounding community.

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Topics: particulate control, Venturi scrubbers, Scrubbers

Wet Scrubbers for meeting the new HMIWI MACT Standard

Posted by Andy Bartocci on Tue, Jul 13, 2010 @ 06:53 AM

Biohaz logoI gave recent presentations at the International Thermal Treatment (IT3) Conference in San Francisco and the Annual AWMA conference in Calgary, Canada that discusses the new hospital/medical/infectious waste incineration (HMIWI) MACT standard and implications for existing systems.  Below is the abstract.  A free download is available by clicking on the link below.  The paper presents emissions data on several scrubber systems and discusses how these relate to the new rules.  I also discuss cost effective strategies to comply with the new rules using add-on controls. 


On October 6th, 2009, proposed revisions to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and Emission guidelines (EGs) for the Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerators (HMIWI) Standards became final. These regulations, originally promulgated in 1997, were established under Section 129 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and serve as the maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards for hospital, medical, and infectious waste incinerators.

Wet scrubbers are currently used on many hospital, medical, and infectious waste incinerators in the United States.  The new emission limits exceed the design capability of most of these systems, primarily with respect to particulate matter (PM), lead (Pd), cadmium (Cd), and mercury (Hg). As a consequence, new control strategies are needed to meet the more stringent standards. 

This paper presents a cost effective control strategy for meeting the new limits and discusses how the strategy has been implemented on similar hazardous waste incinerator scrubbers.

Please click on the below icon to download a white paper on this topic: "Wet Scrubber Control Strategy to Meet the New Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerator Standard"  

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Topics: Venturi scrubbers, Scrubbers, MACT Standards

Coal Dryer Venturi Scrubber Systems

Posted by Andy Bartocci on Tue, Jun 08, 2010 @ 05:59 AM

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has funded R&D in coal gasification in recent years as part of a strategy to reduce greenCoal Dryer Scrubber house gases.  One aspect of this technology is the use of coal dryers to dry the coal before feeding it into the gasifier.  This requires a coal dryer scrubber which can be comprised of a Venturi scrubber followed by a condenser tower shown in the sketch.

The exhaust gas from the dryer passes through a Venturi scrubber for particulate removal then through a condenser tower to condense water vapor in the gas stream.  The gas passes through a mist eliminator at the top of the condenser tower to remove water droplets in the gas stream.  Re-circulated water in the Venturi throat is collected in the sump of the condenserVenturi scrubbertower.  Gas flow rates for these processes are relatively large and can exceed 300,000 acfm.  Because of the large gas flows, the condenser tower can be as large as 20 feet in diameter or larger.  The Venturi scrubber (shown in the image on the left) must have a special throat design to account for the large gas flow rate. The Venturi throat design is discussed in  in the previous blog post for Venturi Scrubber Throat Design for Large Gas Flow Processes.




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Topics: Venturi scrubbers, gasification

Venturi Scrubber Throat Design for Large Gas Flow Processes

Posted by Andy Bartocci on Mon, May 03, 2010 @ 07:36 AM

In previous blog posts, I have discussed how a key to particle collection in a Venturi scrubber is maintaining uniform water distribution across the Venturi throat to collide with particles.  This presents a Venturi scrubber design challenge for large volumetric gas flow rate processes.  The difficulty becomes getting water across a large cross sectional area  without any void spaces for particles to escape through.  Often times, the solution may be to simply split the gas flow into multiple trains.  However, this increases capital costs for additional ductwork and piping andVenturi Scrubber design takes up more real estate. It is always desirable to minimize the equipment footprint and maintain the gas flow in one train.

To achieve this objective, Envitech uses a proprietary Venturi throat design that has been used on large gas flow rates processes, including foundries and purified teraphthalic acid (PTA) plants. The proprietary design has an internal construction that ensures uniform water distribution throughout the Venturi throat cross sectional.

The adjacent image shows a picture of an Envitech Venturi/Quencher constructed from Hastelloy C276 used for a PTA plant with a gas flow rate of 530,000 acfm.  This type of Venturi design may be used on other large gas flow rate processes like a coal dryer system for a coal gasification plant which can have a gas flow rate as large as 300,000 to 400,000 acfm. 

For another large flow Venturi application, read our case study on particulate removal for a coal dryer.

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Topics: particulate control, Venturi scrubbers, gasification

Venturi Scrubber Operation for Variable Flow Conditions

Posted by Andy Bartocci on Mon, Feb 01, 2010 @ 09:59 AM

Venturi scrubbers are commonly used in pollution control systems as particulate control devices. Particles are collected primarily according to their aerodynamic size through inertial mechanisms.  Good particle collection is achieved by maintaining a high differential velocity between particles in the gas stream and water droplets in the Venturi throat.  A high differential velocity is created by reducing the cross sectional area in the Venturi throat and thereby creating a pressure drop.  The reduction in area accelerates the particles relative to water that is injected into the throat perpendicular to the gas flow.  As particles collide with the water droplets they become entrained. The particle laden droplets are then collected in the Venturi sump and are purged in a blowdown stream.  

A key to Venturi performance is therefore maintaining a constant pressure drop across the throat. This is relatively straightforward if you have a process with a constant flow rate. However, many processes have variable flow rates.  An incinerator or kiln comes to mind where there are changing flow rates throughout the process cycle. In many cases the variation may be as high as 4:1 or 6:1 from the maximum to minimum flow rate.  This ratio is often called the turn-down ratio.  Three methods of maintaining a constant pressure drop for variable flow conditions are discussed below:

  • Reflux Damper
  • Variable Throat
  • Manual Inserts

Reflux Damper - A reflux damper is often used on Venturi scrubber systems for solid waste combustors.  A solid waste combustor can be an incinerator, kiln, gasifier, or plasma reactor.  The Venturi is designed for the maximum flow condition.  When the gas flow decreases, ambient air is recycled to the Venturi inlet through a pneumatically actuated damper to make up the difference.  The ambient air is recycled from the downstream side (clean side) of an induced draft fan which is used to pull the gas through the system.  The damper modulates to maintain the combustor draft pressure based on a 4-20 mA control signal from a draft sensor mounted in the combustor chamber.

The flow rate is equal to the design gas velocity times the cross sectional area.  As the flow rate decreases the cross sectional area must be reduced to maintain the design gas velocity.  For this reason a reflux damper is particularly recommended for smaller gas flows because it is easier to modulate than for a variable throat. This is because the gas velocity of a reflux damper is about 1/6th the gas velocity of a Venturi throat.  A reflux damper is therefore less sensitive to flow rate variation.  This makes it easier to tune and maintain the control loop.  Another advantage of a reflux damper is the recycled gas is clean because it has already passed through the Venturi. Therefore there is no potential for fouling the damper blade from particulate in the gas.

Venturi ScrubberThe adjacent photo shows a 400 lb/hr medical waste incinerator scrubber with a Venturi inlet flow rate of 1,200 scfm.  The reflux damper can be seen as the white horizontal duct from the ID fan outlet to the Venturi inlet on the right hand side of the rectangular condenser/absorber box.

Variable Throat - A variable throat Venturi is another common method of maintaining a constant pressure drop across a Venturi scrubber system.  A valve is integrated into the Venturi throat.  At maximum flow, the valve is fully open. As the flow decreases, the valve closes to reduce the cross sectional area accordingly.  The variable throat can be a damper blade, butterfly valve, plumb bob, or pinch valve.  As discussed above, variable throats are generally more suitable for larger gas flow processes.  Consideration should be given to the potential for fouling from particulate build up on the valve.  Particulate can accumulate and get stuck behind a butterfly valve, damper blade or on the shaft of a plumb bob. This can impede the ability to adjust or modulate the throat.  The potential for this type of fouling may depend on the nature of the particulate. Envitech often uses variable throat Venturi's on industrial dryer applications.  Variable throat Venturi's were discussed in a previous blog post, Venturi Scrubber: Adjustable Throats

Manual Inserts - A third approach for maintaining a constant pressure drop is the use of manual inserts.  This approach might be taken for a process that has distinct flow rates for long periods of time. It might also be used in situation where the design conditions are uncertain, say for a pilot or demonstration plant.   The use of manual inserts provides a way of designing flexibility into the equipment.

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Wet Electrostatic Precipitator Control for Meeting Metals Emissions

Posted by Andy Bartocci on Thu, Nov 12, 2009 @ 09:10 AM

There are several industrial processes that face the challenge of meeting increasingly aggressive metals emission standards.  In many cases these standards exceed the capability of existing air pollution control equipment which can include bag-houses and packed bed absorbers. Some of these processes include:Refinery

  • Secondary lead smelters
  • Lead refining
  • Refinery sludge incinerators
  • Geothermal energy plants

Some of the metals of concern can include mercury, arsenic, lead, cadmium, nickel and others, depending on the process.  To achieve more stringent metals emission standards, three features should be designed into the air pollution control system. 

  • Removal of the bulk particulate load
  • Sub-cooling the gas
  • Wet Electrostatic Precipitator (WESP) for polishing

Geothermal EnergyRemoval of the bulk particulate load - Removal of the bulk particulate load may be required if there is a high particulate concentration from the upstream process.  This will be the case for secondary lead smelters, lead refining, and refinery sludge incinerators.   Geothermal energy plants will not have this requirement.  A bag-house will be used for secondary lead smelters and lead refining.  A wet Venturi scrubber system can be used for refinery sludge incinerators   Removal of the bulk particulate minimizes space-charge effects inside the WESP. Space-charge effects occur when particles interact and repel each other. This reduces WESP performance because it interferes with the migration of charged particle to the tube wall for collection.

Sub-cooling the gas - Some of the volatile metals may be in the vapor phase when they pass through a bag-house at higher temperature.  In this case they will pass right through the bag-house and will not be collected.   Sub-cooling the gas is done after the bag-house and uses a condenser/absorber to cool the gas below the saturation temperature.  Sub-cooling is beneficial because it condenses as much of the volatile metals as possible so they can later be removed as particulate.  In the case where a Venturi is used to remove bulk particulate, like for a refinery sludge incinerator, it has the added benefit of condensing water onto the particulate and condensed metals.  This increases their diameter making them easier to remove in a Venturi scrubber.  Sub-cooling also reduces the gas volume, which helps to reduce the size and cost of a downstream WESP.

Wet Electrostatic Precipitator (WESP) for polishing - A wet electrostatic precipitator is used as a final particulate polishing stage.  The performance is relatively independent of the particle size so it is highly effective at sub-micron particulate control.  In some cases, a condenser/absorber (C/A) for sub-cooling can be integrated into the conditioning section of an upflow WESP.  This was successfully done at a secondary lead smelter downstream of bag-house.  The C/A was also used to neutralize SO2 in the gas stream. The integrated C/A and WESP achieved > 98% removal of arsenic and > 92% removal of lead and other condensed metals after the bag-house.  This substantially reduced the plants cancer risk index and helped to meet more stringent fence line lead emission standards. 

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Topics: Venturi scrubbers, Scrubbers, wet electrostatic precipitators

CFD in Air Pollution Control Systems

Posted by Andy Olds on Tue, Oct 27, 2009 @ 06:00 AM

By Mike Simon
Director of Simulation Products, Digital Dimensions

Understanding how simple design changes affect the airflow inside of Envitech's products is critical in designing efficient industrial gas cleaning systems.  Engineers who design this equipment need to analyze and understand the behavior of the components if they want to improve performance.  Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is a good tool for studying the effects of different design changes on these systems.  CFD provides a way to save time and money in obtaining the necessary information, and assists engineers in designing better quality air pollution control systems.    The use of CFD makes it possible to minimize the use of physical prototypes and find serious flaws much earlier in the design process. 

SolidWorks is the 3D CAD system used by Envitech to design their industrial gas cleaning systems.  SolidWorks has a number of complementary features to its mechanical CAD system including CFD capabilities that are fully integrated within the main CAD interface.  SolidWorks Flow Simulation is the name of the CFD program inside of SolidWorks that allows engineers to take their 3D CAD models and perform virtual prototyping on their designs without having to fabricate any parts.  To perform a simulation, the following steps are needed:

  • 1. Create solid model in the SolidWorks CAD system
  • 2. Specify the working fluid ( air was used in this case)
  • 3. Specify the flow rate at the duct inlet
  • 4. Specify the outlet opening of the duct
  • 5. Specify the pressure drop or resistance properties of the filter material (properties taken from filter manufacturer specifications)
  • 6. Run the simulation inside of the SolidWorks interface

Flow Simulation


Envitech's products were particularly challenging since Envitech's products utilized very thin fins and packing materials within a large ducting area.  Thin fins are used to direct the airflow and also to collect water from entering the system.  SolidWorks Flow Simulation was able to capture the geometry of these thin fins and create a corresponding CFD model for the simulations.  Packing material is used to help distribute airflow and trap particulates from being released into the environment.  The porous media feature inside of SolidWorks Flow Simulation was used to simulate the packing material and create the additional resistance to the airflow.  After performing the simulations, the Envitech engineers had the ability see the effectiveness of the scrubber fins in directing the airflow and to understand the pressure drops caused by the packing material.  The simulations helped the Envitech engineers validate their designs and gave them additional insight into how to improve future product performance.

For additional information on SolidWorks CAD or SolidWorks Flow Simulation software, go to or contact Mike Simon, Director of Simulation Products, at

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Wet Scrubbers for meeting the new HMIWI MACT Standard

Posted by Andy Bartocci on Wed, Oct 07, 2009 @ 01:26 PM

In my previous blog post I outlined new rules that were promulgated on September 15th, 2009 for the hospital, medical, and infectious waste incinerator (HMIWI) maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standard.  Wet scrubbers are used on many of the existing medical and hazardous waste incinerators to meet this MACT standard.  The unfortunate news is that new control strategies are required to meet the more stringent standards.

The new emission limits present challenges for both existing and new systems.  These challenges  relate primarily to the follwet scrubberowing pollutants.

      • Particulate
      • Lead, Pd
      • Cadmium, Cd

The particulate limits for new systems are reduced from 0.015 to 0.008 gr/dscf.  This is a 50% reduction.  The lead (Pd) emission limits are reduced from 1.2 to 0.036 mg/dscm for existing systems and from 0.07 to 0.00069 mg/dscm for new systems.  The cadmium (Cd) limits are reduced from 0.16 to 0.0092 mg/dscm for existing systems and from 0.04 to 0.00013 mg/dscm for new systems.  The new Pd and Cd limits for both existing and new systems are nearly a 100% reduction.

There are 4 keys to meeting these more stringent standards with wet scrubber systems.

  • Add-on particulate polishing package
  • Sub-cooling
  • Venturi Scrubber
  • Mist elimination

Add-on particulate polishing package

The new emission limits will exceed the design capability of most of the existing wet scrubber systems today.  This will require an add-on polishing control to meet the more stringent standards.  Envitech has had success achieving higher removal efficiencies by integrating an add-on particulate polishing package (PPP) into incinerator wet scrubber systems.  The PPP is comprised of a skid mounted package that provides slight reheat of the gas temperature to slightly above saturation in combination with a filter system.  The reheat eliminates the potential for condensation build-up in the filters.

This strategy has been used for both commercial and industrial waste incinerator scrubbers (CISWI) and low level radioactive waste incinerator scrubbers. Removal efficiencies of > 99.8% was achieved for both Pd and Cd at the outlet of the Venturi scrubber which already has a very low particulate load < 0.015 gr/dscf.  This has proven to be a cost effective strategy to meet the new standards.

Sub-Cooling - Sub-cooling the gas in a medical or hazardous waste incinerator scrubber provides several advantages.  It makes use of condensation effects to enhance particulate control in a downstream Venturi scrubber. The water vapor in the gas condenses onto the particulate and grows them in size.  A particulate that is 0.3 microns will grow to about 0.7 microns after condensing the water vapor. This makes it easier to collect in the downstream Venturi.  A second advantage of sub-cooling is condensing metals (i.e. Pd and Cd) as much as possible from a gas phase to a particulate. This allows them to be collected downstream in the scrubber.  The final advantage is steam plume suppression. Removing the water vapor eliminates a steam plume under most meteorological conditions.  This reduces the visibility of the system in the surrounding community.

Venturi Scrubber - The particulate capture efficiency of a wet scrubber system is determined by the pressure drop across the Venturi scrubber. Higher removal requires higher pressure drop.  Sub-cooling discussed above enhances the Venturi performance by growing the size of particulate.  Often times this reduces the power consumption by half for most medical and hazardous waste incinerator wet scrubbers.  The new HMIWI standards, however, exceed the practical capability of a Venturi scrubber. This can be overcome with an add-on particulate polishing package discussed previously.  It is recommended to optimize the Venturi scrubber performance to minimize the load on the PPP. This reduces the annual operating expense by increasing the life of the filter elements.

Entrainment Separator - An entrainment separator or mist eliminator is used after the Venturi scrubber to knock out water droplets in the gas stream.   Any water droplets that escape the mist eliminator will contain pollutants which can cause a stack test failure.  A horizontal, chevron style mist eliminator is commonly used in incinerator wet scrubber systems.   Effective mist elimination is important for the add-on particulate polishing package discussed previously.  Water droplets can lead to fouling of the add-on control.

As facilities get their arms around the new rules for the HMIWI MACT, they will need to consider all of the above items for complying with the new standard using a wet scrubber system.

Please read our paper on meeting the new HMIWI MACT standards by clicking the link below.

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Topics: particulate control, Venturi scrubbers, Scrubbers

Venturi Scrubber Performance

Posted by Andy Olds on Mon, Oct 05, 2009 @ 09:03 AM

venturi scrubber performanceVenturi scrubber performance hinges on four key design factors: pressure drop, particle size, water flow, and entrainment separation.  When a Venturi scrubber is not performing properly, it is best to review these design factors one-by-one.

Pressure Drop

Perhaps the most important aspect of a Venturi scrubber is its pressure drop.  The pressure drop of the Venturi is directly correlated to the velocity of the gas passing through the throat.  The higher the pressure drop, the faster the gas.  The speed of the gas is important, as the success of a Venturi is due primarily to inertial impaction.  In inertial impaction, a fast moving particle in the gas strikes a relatively slower moving water drop.  The higher the velocity difference, the greater chance that particle is unable to "duck" into a slipstream around the water drop.

When the pressure drop of a Venturi decreases, the performance of the Venturi decreases.  A drop in pressure can occur for a variety of reasons, but by far the most common is a drop in overall air flow.  In a fixed throat system, the drop in air flow may be a result of a new or upset condition.  In a reflux system, it may be to due to a pressure drop increase in downstream equipment, or a failure with a reflux damper.  For a variable throat Venturi, that is designed to handle changes in air flow, a drop in pressure across the Venturi can signal a problem with the Venturi damper.  In any of these cases, the problem must be fixed to regain the Venturi performance.

Particle Size

In a Venturi scrubber, the particle size actually refers to the aerodynamic size of the particle, which is much more influenced by the mass of the particle than by the diameter of the particle.  Again, the reason is that the Venturi scrubber is an inertial impaction device, and thus the mass of the particle directly influences removal.

The best example of the effect of inertial impaction is a car windshield.  Large, heavy particles like rocks and insects slam into a car's windshield at high speed.  Plastic bags, though much larger, contain very little mass, and "slip" over the windshield.  Particles in a Venturi are captured similarly.  A denser particle with the same volume will be captured more efficiently in a Venturi scrubber than a corresponding lighter particle.

When the performance of a Venturi scrubber varies, it is important to look at upstream equipment to ensure that the particles themselves have not changed.  Smaller, lighter particles will reduce performance of the Venturi scrubber, and necessitate either a greater pressure drop or downstream particle removal equipment.

Water Flow

In inertial impaction, the particles must collide with water (or some other liquid medium) to be collected.  If there is not enough water to collect the particles, performance will degrade.

Water flow can be impacted by a host of common issues.  Since the water is pumped, a problem with a pump can lead to performance issue with the Venturi scrubber.  Plugging of the nozzles or of valves can also occur.  Both of these issues can be solved by performing regular preventive maintenance on the pump and the nozzles.

Entrainment Separator

The final step in a Venturi scrubber is to remove the particle-laden water drops from the gas stream.  Whichever way is selected to remove the water drops, it is important that it does perform well, or the drops will continue into downstream equipment (or even exit the stack).

Waveform entrainment separators, the predominant water separation method, work by causing a change in flow, forcing the water drops to hit the entrainment separator while letting the gas pass through.  The waveforms work as long as the gas travels through the waveforms at the right velocity.  At too high a velocity, the water drops re-entrain, and pass through the entrainment separator.  Particles can also stick to the entrainment separator, changing the waveform shape and reducing the area (thus increasing the velocity).  Waveforms must be designed properly upfront to ensure that flow is uniform through the waveforms, and waveforms must be regularly cleaned to ensure success.

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Topics: particulate control, Venturi scrubbers

Venturi Scrubbers for EPA HMIWI MACT Standard

Posted by Andy Bartocci on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 @ 02:54 PM

On September 15th, 2009, proposed revisions to the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and Emission guidelines (EGs) for the HMIWI standards became final. These regulations, originally promulgated in 1997, were established under Section 129 of the Clean air Act (CAA), and serve as the maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards for hospital, medical, and infectious waste incinerators.Venturi Scrubber

The proposed revisions included both a five year review and a response to a court-ordered Remand.  Many industries have been following these new revisions closely, including the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), the Portland Cement Association (PCA), the Council of Industrial Boiler Owners (CIBO), the National Brick Research Center (NBRC), and the National Lime Association (NLA), among others.  The methodology used by the EPA to formulate these revisions may eventually be applied to the industries of these groups. 

There are a number of objections to the new rules which are viewed by some in industry as unachievable.  One of these objections relates to the establishment of floors for the best-performing units for each of the regulated pollutants individually. This has been considered by some as a MACT-on-MACT approach which may result in the need for a combination of control technologies. 

Below is a summary comparison of the previous emission limits (1997) and the new emission limits (2009) in response to the Remand for new and existing HMIWI units for large, medium and small incinerators.  Many hazardous and medical waste incinerator scrubbers meet the previous emission limits (1997) with a Venturi scrubber system.  However, the new standards for both existing and new HMIWI units are significantly more stringent with respect to particulate, Pd, and Cd.  The new standards, would be met with the same basic technology, however, add-on controls would be needed as a polishing step in most circumstances.  In a future blog post, I'll discuss add-on control strategies that can be used to meet these new requirements.



    1997 2009 1997 2009
Pollutant Units Existing Existing New New
Particulates, EPA Method 5 gr/dscf 0.015 0.011 0.015 0.0080
HCl, EPA Method 26 ppmv, or 100 6.6 15 5.1
  % reduction 93% - 99% -
SO2 ppmv 55 9 55 1.6
Pb EPA Method 29 mg/dscm, or 1.2 0.036 0.07 0.00069
  % reduction 70% - 98% -
Cd, EPA Method 29 mg/dscm, or 0.16 0.0092 0.04 0.00013
  % reduction 65% - 90% -
Dioxins/furans, EPA Method 23 Total (ng/dscm) 125 9.3 25 9.3
  TEQ (ng/dscm) 2.3 0.054 0.6 0.035


    1997 2009 1997 2009
Pollutant Units Existing Existing New New
Particulates, EPA Method 5 gr/dscf 0.03 0.020 0.015 0.0095
HCl, EPA Method 26 ppmv, or 100 7.7 15 7.7
  % reduction 93% - 99% -
SO2 ppmv 55 4.2 55 1.4
Pb EPA Method 29 mg/dscm, or 1.2 0.018 0.07 0.018
  % reduction 70% - 98% -
Cd, EPA Method 29 mg/dscm, or 0.16 0.013 0.04 0.0098
  % reduction 65% - 90% -
Dioxins/furans, EPA Method 23 Total (ng/dscm) 125 0.85 25 0.47
  TEQ (ng/dscm) 2.3 0.020 0.6 0.014


    1997 2009 1997 2009
Pollutant Units Existing Existing New New
Particulates, EPA Method 5 gr/dscf 0.05 0.029 0.03 0.029
HCl, EPA Method 26 ppmv, or 100 44 15 15
  % reduction 93% - 99% -
SO2 ppmv 55 4.2 55 1.4
Pb EPA Method 29 mg/dscm, or 1.2 0.31 1.2 0.31
  % reduction 70% - 70% -
Cd, EPA Method 29 mg/dscm, or 0.16 0.017 0.16 0.017
  % reduction 65% - 65% -
Dioxins/furans, EPA Method 23 Total (ng/dscm) 125 16 125 16
  TEQ (ng/dscm) 2.3 0.013 2.3 0.0130


All emission limits are measured at 7% oxygen.

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