Trade Publications

Burns & McDonnell experts often write articles published in the trade publications in the many industries we work in. Here are the most recent pieces authored or co-authored by our employee-owners.

 

  • March 16, 2015

    If you are still sorting through the new Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Rule and working to figure out what it means for your individual utility plant site, you are not alone. With the preamble and actual rule totaling over 700 pages, many are still digesting the technical requirements.

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  • February 22, 2015

    For the first time, Texans have a better understanding of how much material they are recycling. Years of hard work have paid off with the release of the TRDI report, which quantifies the amount of recycling that occurred in Texas in 2013 and establishes a baseline recycling rate to measure progress.

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  • February 6, 2015

    Food and beverage companies planning a major construction or renovation project now have an option that can help them both save money and further their sustainability goals. Burns & McDonnell recently acquired the assets and personnel behind Planet Reuse, a firm that provided reclaimed building material coordination, brokering and consulting services.

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  • February 1, 2015

    The comment period on the controversial Clean Power Plan ended Dec. 1, 2014. EPA received more than 1.5 million comments. From ordinary citizens to executives of major think tanks, the comments include detailed technical critiques, generic statements of opposition and support, and succinct counterclaims full of legalese.

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  • January 26, 2015

    Kansas is probably not the first place people think of when it comes to earthquake-resistant structures. Then again, most people would not think of housing a high-performance structural lab for mega-stress-testing building components anywhere but inside a huge industrial box. The University of Kansas is pleasantly defying conventional thought on both counts with its $14 million West Campus Structural Research Facility.

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  • January 1, 2015

    The power generation market continues to evolve due to fundamental changes in market forces. Ongoing opportunities exist to partner with utilities to support this evolutionary process. A strategic leadership vision will be critical to thriving over the next 10 years.

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  • January 1, 2015

    For many years, the U.S. government has done little to define an energy policy for electric utilities. Environmental compliance was part of the equation but not necessarily the primary driver. However, if the Clean Power Plan is finalized as it was proposed, environmental dispatch will have trumped other factors in dictating how energy is generated.

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  • December 29, 2014

    Leachate poses a challenge for landfill owners and operators, but not an insurmountable one. Such a complex solution prompts the need for management solutions that protect the community, the environment and the budgets that finance waste disposal operations.

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  • December 10, 2014

    A panel session at the Renewable Energy World North America conference, including Burns & McDonnell's Aaron Anderson, delved into some possible hybrid technology solutions to help solve intermittency issues caused by high penetrations of wind and solar energy.

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  • December 1, 2014

    As environmental oversight changes, so does the power production industry. 2014 saw resolution of several existing issues as well as initiation of new rules which will continue into 2015. Regardless of the outcome of the 2014 midterm elections, politics are unlikely to cause an abrupt change in policy; there is too much inertia in regulatory actions.

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  • December 1, 2014

    Power Engineering and Flaspöhler Research Group surveyed 64 key power generation executives to measure the utilization, performance and perceptions of EPC firms serving the power generation industry. Only Burns & McDonnell received a top rating for more than one client satisfaction factor.

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