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.

 

  • 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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  • March 1, 2013

    Wind energy development is complex. It requires careful evaluation of numerous factors, including a site's wind resource, permitting requirements, financing structure, balance-of-plant design and more. Before ground is ever broken, a typical owner invests many years and countless dollars into consideration of these basic elements of wind farm development.

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  • March 1, 2013

    Time is money when starting a resource to meet load demand. Startup emission rates, however, can greatly exceed steady-state emission rates, and they can pose a hurdle in the permitting, as well as the compliance, of a facility.

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  • February 1, 2013

    If you relied solely on EPA's press releases to understand the impacts of new regulations and revised National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), you would view the environment as yes or no, good or bad, black or white. But the reality of clean air compliance is much more complicated and shaded.

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  • January 1, 2013

    For utility companies, their reputation, goodwill and customer relationships can be their greatest assets. Building a positive relationship with customers can take years of hard work by a team of dedicated customer service and community relations professionals. But the results are worth it, especially when the company earns the desired reputation — one of a concerned, involved and responsive member of the community where their utility services play a critical role in the quality of life.

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  • January 1, 2013

    One of the first steps in permitting any project is to calculate the potential-to-emit (PTE). PTE, however, is a complex calculation with significant implications on permitting. It must be carefully balanced against regulatory implications and permitting flexibility.

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  • November 1, 2012

    The International Right of Way Association recognizes Sunrise Powerlink as its project of the year in the November/December 2012 issue of its magazine. Burns & McDonnell served as lead engineer on the 117-mile, $1.9 billion electric superhighway that connected 1,000 MW of renewable resources in California's Imperial Valley to San Diego.

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  • November 1, 2012

    Politics are fickle. Regardless of which candidate won the 2012 presidential election (I'm writing this at the end of September, so I don't know the winner yet.), there will be change in how electric generation emissions are regulated and how utility companies are treated by the EPA. However, not everything is subject to the whims of politics; some aspects of utility regulation are as fixed as mathematical laws.

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  • October 22, 2012

    If you're conducting an arc flash study, you're probably using one of the many software packages that can perform the analysis for you — at the click of a button. However, as convenient as they may seem, there are several pitfalls that can cause erroneous results if you are unaware of the underlying premises behind many of the calculations. The following five considerations are important issues to keep in mind when you're doing this type of work.

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