Stop fighting environmentalists and embrace them because its good for the planet and business. The challenge for the chemical industry is to win support in the court of public opinion before building or expansion plans run into trouble. And the key to that lies in a companys willingness to understand the complex and sometimes conflicting motives of opposition groups and to communicate effectively to all constituencies.
Results of the 2007 Readers Choice Awards are in and have been tabulated to determine the top technology providers in 47 categories, according to our readers. Find out which vendors rate highest with your peers.
Users seeking appropriate process safety systems arent getting enough help from unspecific standards and ideal-world certifications. Heres how to gain useful safety capabilities in a buyer-beware world.
More attention to mercury and increased acceptance of predictive approaches is emerging. Such monitoring not only can keep plants on the right side of regulators but also can help provide insights for optimizing operation of equipment.
A computer simulation helps solve a refinery combustion problem. Finding ways to limit NOx from fired heaters, especially under stringent environmental regulations, has become a major concern for the petroleum refining industry. Complying with new stricter regulations, a Texas refinery upgraded the burners in one of its large cylindrical furnaces.
A compact system significantly improves analyzer accuracy. This innovative turnkey solution for analyzer emissions is a solid-state pump with an ultra-sensitive pressure regulator that mixes a compatible gas with the analyzer samples to achieve a constant vent header pressure even during times of plant upset.
Ignoring climate change could eventually damage economic growth, according to an authoritative report, says Mike Spear, editor at large, in this month's End Point column. Read more on the economics of climate change.
Despite having a parliament that regularly shuttles itself, lock, stock and ballot box, for four days each month between Brussels, Belgium, and Strasbourg, France, the European Union (EU) still manages to put out an amazing amount of legislation.
End-of-life and other product stewardship initiatives will impact chemical plants. An agreement to lessen the environmental impact of chemicals production will have global ramifications. Meanwhile, European end-of-life directives on electrical and electronic equipment already are having a worldwide effect.
When processes change and plants need to install any of several types of ultra-high-purity process gases, specifying an appropriate piping system is crucial. Learn about a sound system design that maximizes efficiency, purity and safety.
The current state of biomonitoring is detailed in the much anticipated report issued July 24 by the Committee on Human Biomonitoring for Environmental Toxicants of the National Academies, Washington, D.C.
Chemical processors face significant challenges in controlling fugitive emissions. The emissions escape from valves, compressors, pumps, piping components, etc. It is a difficult task, but necessary to avoid penalties and other liability.
The proper hand protection plays a tremendous role in keeping plant workers safe. This article answers questions often posed by workers and managers about hand protection products, their applications and limitations.