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.

 

  • October 1, 2013

    The use of economic analysis is growing in the transportation field — but not nearly as fast as it should. Some state and regional agencies have been reluctant to acquire economic impact analysis tools or fund economic impact studies, even while continuing to spend large sums on tools for modeling, forecasting, and planning other aspects of transportation systems. However, a growing number of agencies are showing that economic impact analysis can be used in decision making across every planning stage — with positive results.

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  • October 1, 2013

    While reading about legal cases is certainly not very interesting to non-lawyers, it is one of the few ways utilities are given insight as to what the Clean Air Act (CAA) actually means (or at least how the laws are being applied and interpreted by the courts).

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  • October 1, 2013

    In order to access information electronically, the data must first be made available in a digital format. The challenge this presents is that most historical information exists only on paper and accessing it requires significant time. However, the thought of converting volumes of hard-copy documents into digital data is rightly perceived as a daunting undertaking.

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  • September 1, 2013

    When it comes to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, dispersion modeling is protective but not necessarily predictive of actual air quality. New shorter averaging periods compound this issue and lead to restrictive and intricate permit conditions that have little to do with actual air quality.

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  • August 1, 2013

    Repowering two units at the J.T. Dudley, Sr. Generation Complex added 180 MW of high-efficiency capacity to South Mississippi Electric's portfolio. Burns & McDonnell provided consulting, detailed design, procurement, construction management, and startup services.

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  • August 1, 2013

    What if a city and its consultant could streamline discussions by bringing together the most knowledgeable staff and creating opportunities for design decisions to be made in minutes and hours, rather than days and weeks? Kansas City, Mo., Water Services and Burns & McDonnell found out with a charrette-style design approach for the Fishing River Wastewater Treatment Plant.

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  • July 1, 2013

    The authors explain the role of air dispersion modeling in the major source construction permitting process. They provide a review of the modeling process when preparing a model for state/EPA review, and explore what the source can do to fix undesirable model output and the lawyer's role in vetting and advocating air dispersion modeling results.

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  • June 3, 2013

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a long history of regulation through litigation. More than 13 years have passed since the EPA launched the opening salvo in its coal-fired power plant enforcement initiative.

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  • June 3, 2013
    Most power plant emission control efforts have focused on mercury, NOx and SO2 emissions, but in recent years PM2.5 has risen in importance for Clean Air Act compliance. PM2.5 is a complex and not well understood pollutant, even though it was first regulated via a National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) in 1997.

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  • May 7, 2013

    Alaska's Ted Steven Anchorage International Airport is better prepared than ever to support fueling cargo shipments, thanks to a tank expansion project completed in autumn 2012. The Anchorage Fueling and Service Company, a fuel consortium, selected Burns & McDonnell as its owner's representative for the project.

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  • April 1, 2013

    Things change fast in air dispersion modeling. Immediate effects occur from tightened standards, shorter averaging times and new pollutants. One consistency, however, has been that EPA has allowed small impacts to occur without requiring a full dispersion model. Until now.

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