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, 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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  • 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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