Services: Air Quality Services: Success Stories

 

Title V Permitting Strategy Implemented at 14 Automotive Parts Manufacturing Facilities
GESI personnel developed and managed preparation of air emission inventories, regulatory file reviews and regulatory strategies to address applicable Titles of the Clean Air Act Amendments and non-compliance issues that were identified. As a result, the client was able to easily prepare necessary Title V and Synthetic Minor permit applications.

Streamlining Air Compliance for the Automotive Parts/Surface Coating Industry in Tennessee
GESI assisted this automotive parts manufacturing facility when compliance issues were identified prior to Title V permit application. GESI personnel developed a re-permitting strategy that addressed the compliance issues and provided a facility-wide permit with an overall VOC emission limit rather than individual limits on usage and VOC-content for the numerous facility operations. The permit application also reduced allowable emissions to below PSD major source thresholds, which decreased the annual emissions fee and provided flexibility for future modifications.

GESI Research Pays Off
As part of the Title V permitting process, GESI increased the allowable permit limits previously identified for this major glass manufacturer. This provided the facility with the operating flexibility it needed to produce a variety of products while still meeting existing State and Federal emission limits. GESI was later retained to assist with the completion of compliance reports. Additionally, GESI prepared a data management system that automated the analysis of the Continuous Emission Monitoring (CEM) data required for one of the facilityís glass furnaces.

Process Modifications Result in Operating Savings for Wheland Automotive Industries
GESI completed a Title V permit application for this iron foundry that provided maximum operating flexibility and options for process modifications once the permit was issued. GESI personnel then identified process changes in the molding operation that led to a reduction in the quantity of release agent used by the facility, resulting in both operating savings and a reduction in VOC emissions.

Successful PSD Permit Application Allows Manufacturer to Meet Planned Startup Schedule
GESI has provided ongoing environmental consulting services since 1992 to this plastic parts manufacturing facility in Georgia. Changes in technology in this business required installation of new equipment and a Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit. GESI personnel prepared a PSD permit application which included the Best Available Technology (BACT) analysis and an air toxics impact analysis. The completeness of the permit application allowed for timely processing by the Georgia EPD. As a result, the client obtained the PSD permit and was able to maintain their planned startup schedule.

Air Compliance Strategy Key to Long-Term Expansion Plans for Major Aircraft Maintenance Facility
GESI was retained by this global parcel delivery service to develop a Title V permitting strategy and determine the specific applicability of the Aerospace National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) to their operation. Based on an air emissions inventory, GESI advised the client on the pros and cons of submitting either a Major Source Operating Permit or a Synthetic Minor Operating Permit. Additionally, GESIís evaluation indicated the facility is potentially subject to the Aerospace NESHAP. GESI detailed the impact of the NESHAP upon the facility, as well as options to avoid NESHAP applicability. The facility used the information to make business decisions that incorporate their long-term expansion and modification plans with the knowledge of the environmental repercussions of those actions.

GESI Turns Title V Permit Process into $1.0MM Cost Savings for Distillery
GESI took advantage of the permitting process for this Kentucky distillery by increasing the allowable permit limits, removing the limits on the quantity of coal that could be combusted and decreasing the monitoring and recordkeeping requirements. GESI also successfully negotiated with the local regulatory agency the removal of emission limits on the facilityís coal-fired boiler. The result was a cost savings in excess of $1.0MM over the life of the permit.

Site-Specific Permitting Strategies Reduce Construction Project Costs for Lumber Manufacturer
GESI was retained to prepare permits to construct and operate air emissions equipment and revise Title V permit applications at sawmills in Louisiana and Mississippi. GESI personnel took different permitting approaches for each sawmill, which subsequently reduced the overall cost of the project and streamlined the permitting process, thus ensuring that the proposed plant modifications continued as scheduled.

Air Modeling Reduces Permitting and Installation Costs of Electric Power Peak Shaving Units at Morgan Stanley
GESI produced air dispersion modeling for six additional electrical power peak-shaving units at an existing peak-shaving facility to assess whether a significant impact existed as a result of the installation of these units on the surrounding Class II and Class I areas. GESI performed the air modeling using the results of an air emissions inventory, the proper meteorological data and the site map. Also, noting the presence of a Class I area under federal land management within 100 km of the facility, long range modeling was performed to assess the impact of the installation on the Class I area. Modeling results indicated that the additional power peak-shaving units had no significant impact and were not subject to the requirements of PSD.