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.

 

  • January 1, 2014

    A new year means new EPA challenges. EPA's regulatory schedule for 2014 will keep the energy industry occupied, reading thousands of pages of guidance documents and court decisions. In turn, hundreds of questions will be generated on what all the words mean for compliance and what the broader implications are for energy markets.

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  • December 1, 2013

    Once again, the future of coal-fired generation is in the hands of the courts. While it is not possible to predict how the Supreme Court will rule in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, it is wise to understand the basics about this possibly game-changing court case. It is equally important to understand what the Supreme Court decided to review and what it chose to let stand.

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  • November 1, 2013

    Carbon regulation is coming. Both anxiously anticipated and intuitively feared, EPA's rules for controlling greenhouse gases from existing power plants are expected to be proposed in 2014. Meanwhile, the recently proposed rules for new utility boilers are already generating concern in the power industry. Coal combustion is at the center of both of these regulations.

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  • October 29, 2013

    Parkland Memorial Hospital is the largest hospital construction project underway in the U.S. It's now served by a state-of-the-art central plant.

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  • 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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