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.

 

  • August 1, 2012

    To compete and create jobs, the U.S. must pave the way for innovative technologies. Innovation comes from engineers. For innovation to increase, the U.S. must create more engineers, and the engineers of today must improve their skill sets. What can our country do to achieve this goal? How can we as engineers stay competitive with engineers overseas?

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  • July 1, 2012

    There is a purposeful disconnect between permitting and reality. Permitted limits should be higher than actual emission rates in order to provide operating margin. Unfortunately, the secondary purpose of the new 1-hour average SO2 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) is to erode this safety factor.

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  • June 1, 2012

    For those of us down in the trenches on a daily basis, trying to implement specific regulations of the Clean Air Act (CAA), it is instructive to step back and realize that the CAA really is working. When measured objectively, the air actually is getting cleaner. And, if cleaner air is the goal of the CAA, then it is successful.

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  • May 1, 2012

    The foundation of the Clean Air Act is the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The EPA is required to review the NAAQS every five years, and it is uncommon for NAAQS to be swept up into court cases. In contrast, many recent regulations have taken a long time to come into effect or have been reversed or delayed. So, it is relatively easy for these regular NAAQS reviews to dramatically impact industry.

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  • April 1, 2012

    The mission statement of every electric utility is to provide low cost, safe and reliable power while complying with environmental regulations. However, the EPA regulatory process has inhibited this goal.

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  • April 1, 2012

    KCP&L is retrofitting Midtown Substation with updated communications protocols as part of a Department of Energy Smart Grid demonstration project.

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  • March 2, 2012

    Investigation of the mechanisms for the effects of environmental design features of a green building on occupants' environmental awareness and organizational image.

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  • March 1, 2012

    The Environmental Protection Agency, like nature, abhors a vacuum. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is responsible for the recent drop in natural gas prices and is predicted to soon supply more than 50 percent of our natural gas. It's also unregulated by EPA.

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  • February 1, 2012

    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality thought it was doing the good citizens and industries of Texas a favor by refusing to implement EPA's Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule. Did this plan backfire?

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  • February 1, 2012

    Level measurement and control in process vessels can be one of the most challenging applications in which to obtain consistently safe and reliable results. This article presents best practices in vessel sizing and level-instrument selection and installation.

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  • January 15, 2012

    Dissolved gas flotation is becoming an important option for removing biological solids, metals and nutrients from industrial wastewater.

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