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Venting In Case Of An Emergency

Thu, 04/23/2009 - 1:16pm

According to Croll Reynolds, its emergency vent system may be the most cost-effective way for chemical plants and other processors with gas storage facilities to comply with the Clean Air Act Tier 3, 40 CRF (which includes 2010 compliance deadlines). The system acts as an overflow containment system for gases prohibited from being directly discharged into the atmosphere. The Clean Air Act Tier 3, 40 CRF, specifically relating to emergency releases and terrorism, requires many processing plants to implement dedicated control devices; however, Croll says that you can circumvent this implementation with its emergency vent as it is 100 percent reliable in handling non-process, intermittent and unanticipated gas discharges, which could arise from malfunction or even a terrorist event. In any case, this system aids in the prevention of leaks that can discharge dangerous chemicals and release excessive heat into the environment. The system, furthermore, can add intangible benefits to your facility through building community relations—for instance, you can point to the system as a step in executing Responsible Care agreements (which typically cover potential hazards, and the ways in which manufacturers and governments intend to handle them) with your local community. Finally, by assisting with regulatory compliance, the system can help your plant avoid civil and criminal penalties involving fines and imprisonment under federal and state regulations. Applications range from the containment of large pressurized storage tanks for raw chemicals, such as fluorine, chlorine or silane, to scrubbing gases, such as chlorine.

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