Background and Emissions:
The air pollutants of concern from each of these businesses are: (1) Ethanol, a volatile organic compound (VOC), which contributes to smog. Ethanol is a by-product of fermentation by yeast; (2) Criteria pollutants including VOC, NOx, CO, SOx and PM2.5. These pollutants can be generated by fuel burning ovens and boilers.
- There are currently no air regulations specific to these industries and there are no plans to promulgate any.
- If the facility has their own wastewater treatment facility then they must follow the water quality regulations for permitting, operation and effluent limits. If the facility discharges to a municipal or other public treatment works, they may have to meet pretreatment limitations for that entity.
LAC 33:III Chapter 5 which states that any facility with air emissions in Louisiana must have either a permit or an exemption.LAC 33:III Chapter 5 states that any facility with air emissions in Louisiana must have either a permit or an exemption. (See article "Does Your Facility Need an Air Permit?", also on this bulletin board) . Act 918 may apply.
Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements:
- Unless your facility has an air permit and it states specific reporting requirements, then none are required.
- Clean work areas almost always equate to reduced emissions.
Pollution Prevention Suggestions:
- Keep ovens and boilers in good operating condition.
- If solid wastes such as insoluble grain residues are generated, look for reuse opportunities such as agricultural feed or fertilizer.