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.

 

  • May 1, 2014

    Greenhouse gases (GHGs) may be the newest pollutant regulated by EPA, but since there are no National Ambient Air Quality Standards for GHGs, a facility is much more likely to be affected by particulate matter restrictions. Dispersion modeling of the various subsets of particulate matter often leads to changes in the design of a new facility or retrofits of existing equipment.

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  • April 7, 2014

    The concept of pursuing conversion technologies for solid waste management to promote landfill diversion, generate renewable energy and/or reduce greenhouse gases can be relatively simple. However, actually determining what technology to choose is considerably more complicated.

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  • April 1, 2014

    "Stay home, if you can" was the message given to residents of the Southeast as a major winter storm pushed through the southern and eastern United States in mid-February. However, this message was not intended for the hundreds of electric utility workers in those areas.

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  • March 1, 2014

    The U.S. Navy was faced with an aging fuel storage facility at Point Loma. The 70-plus-year-old fuel storage facility needed new, modernized tanks and equipment to meet the requirements of the 21st century. In the end, the footprint of the facility was reduced by half and the efficiency of operation was enhanced considerably.

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  • March 1, 2014

    As part of the design basis of any piping system, supports are needed to keep those pipes in place, making sure they do not overly expand or move due to sustained or occasional loads. These loads represent the total forces and moments in the piping components, and as a result create stresses that affect the life of the component.

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  • March 1, 2014

    Will it be business as usual or are major changes in store for the aerospace industry as feds look at 40 CFR Part 63 Subpart GG, commonly referred to as the Aerospace National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)?

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  • March 1, 2014

    By now most utilities have probably heard the details of EPA's latest greenhouse gas (GHG) proposal for New Source Performance Standards from new fossil fuel-fired electric generation units. The rule depends strongly on future plants controlling GHG emissions through carbon capture and storage. How exactly does the storage/sequestration element and where can it occur?

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  • March 1, 2014

    Utilities are entering an era of change that could significantly enhance the sustainability of projects. Stakeholder involvement and demands for more sustainable business practices are becoming more important. The solutions will not always be easy, but with new tools like the EnvisionTM rating system, we can improve the quality of our practices.

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  • February 1, 2014

    Constructing a new facility, or modifying an existing facility, does not happen in a vacuum. By design, the National Ambient Air Quality Standards take a comprehensive approach. It is not intuitive to think that emissions from a neighboring plant can limit your emissions or change your plant's design, but this is exactly what EPA necessitates when it requires dispersion modeling.

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  • January 1, 2014

    Whether your project is new construction or a retrofit, a consolidated approach to life safety and asset protection will provide the most cost-effective method to lower capital and life-of-the-building costs. And commissioning is one of the most commonly overlooked aspects of fire protection systems.

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  • 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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