COMMERCIAL PRINTER, NORTHERN ILLINOIS
Project Manager for the preparation of Title V Air Permit Application. The project involved modifying the existing operating permit to reflect process changes and also allow the maximum production flexibility.
EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER, WISCONSIN
Prepared a Title V permit application for the manufacturer of fire trucks. It was necessary for this company to use high solvent paints to maintain product quality, resulting in a fairly intricate permitting strategy to allow flexibility in the types and sizes of vehicles produced and paints used.
SYNTHETIC RUBBER MANUFACTURER, LOUISIANA
Based on available stack sampling data, Mr. Smith designed a pilot-plant study to evaluate the applicability of activated carbon to reduce hexane stack emissions. During the pilot study, he determined that styrene used in the process was polymerizing on the surface of the activated carbon, quickly rendering the carbon useless. Mr. Smith evaluated high temperature regeneration methods and worked with facility personnel to evaluate process modifications that would achieve similar emission reductions as the activated carbon. The process modifications were more cost-effective than high-temperature regeneration so it was implemented. Mr. Smith negotiated the permit conditions with the regulatory agencies to allow the use of process modifications as a control strategy.
HEALTH CARE MANUFACTURERS, VARIOUS STATES
Mr. Smith prepared construction and operating permit applications and designed control equipment for the emission of ethylene oxide (a hazardous air pollutant) from equipment sterilizers. He has negotiated with regulatory agencies to obtain acceptable permit conditions for these batch operations.
At one location in Illinois he designed an ambient air monitoring study to determine the ethylene oxide concentration at the property boundary. An independent consultant was retained to implement the study and prepare a report summarizing the results, which demonstrated the sterilizer had no measurable impact on the ambient environment.
HEALTH CARE MANUFACTURER, OHIO
The company was planning a major process expansion that would have required a PSD modification to their existing air operating permit, based on the solvent emissions. Mr. Smith made a presentation to the manufacturing Vice-President and project team explaining the PSD permitting process and the one-year period of time typically required for this type of permit. He then worked with the manufacturing process team in the development of a water-based process and modified the existing air permit accordingly.