UCSB Retrofits Dorm Boilers

Business Oriented Air Quality News July/August 1996

Inside this Issue:

UCSB Retrofits Dorm BoilersNew Definition for Reactive Organic CompoundsPollution Prevention at Your WorkplaceBusiness Assistance LineQ & A: Restaurants

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UCSB Retrofits Dorm Boilers

Last year, the Housing and Residential Services department of UCSB teamed up with the APCD and VKES, Inc., a burner manufacturer in Huntington Beach, to purchase and install four low emission burners at two on-campus residence halls.

The new burners were installed in boilers providing hot water to San Miguel and San Nicolas Residence Halls. The project, completed in November 1995, was one of six low emissions burner installations co-funded by the APCD under the Innovative Technology Group?s Boiler Initiative. The purpose of the Initiative is to demonstrate boilers and boiler burners that reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides, or NOx, 50% below the current requirements of APCD?s Rule 342 Control of Oxides of Nitrogen from Boilers, Steam Generators, and Process Heaters. The current requirement is 30 parts per million (ppm) NOx at 3% oxygen.

Although the UCSB boilers are too small to be subject to Rule 342, UCSB was interested in reducing emissions, gas consumption, and operating costs. According to Dan Heedy of UCSB, NOx emissions have dropped from over 100 ppm to less than 10 ppm and gas consumption has dropped an average of 10%, with little or no increase in the time needed for preventative maintenance on the boilers. Emissions testing was provided at no cost by the California Air Resources Board.The VKES burners use lean burn, pre-mixed combustion for low NOx emissions, and a ceramic rather than cast metal burner for fuel efficiency. The ceramic releases heat faster which allows the burner to operate at a lower temperature. UCSB also uses solar roof panels, which were in place before the recent retrofit, to pre-heat the water.

“UCSB and Housing and Residential Services are proud to have participated in this program with APCD and look forward to the future when additional programs will bring us together as partners.?

Dan Heedy, Project Manager, UCSB

For more information, contact Jeff Carmody of the APCD?s Innovative Technologies Group, 805-961-8884.

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New Definition for Reactive Organic Compounds

The APCD is proposing to revise our definition of reactive organic compounds (ROC) to be consistent with the California Air Resources Board (ARB) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) definitions. The change would revise Rule 102 Definitions, and Rule 323 Architectural Coatings.

Recently, the ARB and EPA changed their definitions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) to exclude acetone, ethane, parachlorobenzotrifluoride (PCBTF), and volatile methyl siloxanes (VMS). The changes were based on technical findings that show these compounds are negligibly photo- chemically reactive. APCD proposes to exempt these same compounds, and five halocarbons and four classes of perfluorocarbons which were exempted by the EPA in 1992.

The proposed rule change is expected to benefit the environment by encouraging the use of compounds that are less reactive, less toxic, and do not deplete the stratoshpheric ozone layer.

The revision is also expected to result in cost savings for regulated businesses in the oil and gas industry, companies manufacturing paints, coatings, solvents, and foam, and the aerospace, electronic, wood furniture, automobile refinishing, and paper coating industries. We estimate a fee reduction of $85,000 for the oil and gas industry alone.

The proposed revision will be considered by the APCD Board on July 18. For more information, call Bette Easton, 805-961-8898.

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Pollution Prevention At Your Workplace

A simple definition of pollution prevention is reducing all forms of waste. Pollution, or waste, is simply not created, therefore there is no need to control it or dispose of it. Your pollution prevention efforts should not focus just on air pollution, but also on hazardous and non-hazardous waste, water, energy, and other resources. Less waste can mean less cost for your business.

Here are some ideas on how to start a pollution prevention program at your workplace. You might be surprised how easy it is.

Get top management support for pollution prevention. Establish clear pollution prevention goals. Learn about and understand your company?s waste. Focus on optimizing the use of resources consumed. Educate each individual on what pollution prevention means and make sure all employees, regardless of their position, know that they have a role to play. Incorporate pollution prevention into the development of new products and processes. Use your accomplishments in public relations and advertising.

Believe it or not, every day office activities can and do result in pollution! Here are some ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle to prevent pollution in your office:

  • Purchase rechargeable batteries and a recharger kit so you can reuse batteries 
  • Set up a system to collect batteries for recycling 
  • Make double sided copies when possible
  • Use e-mail 
  • Take the bus 
  • Carpool, vanpool, walk, or ride your bike 
  • Telecommute 
  • Use the blank side of one-sided copies for scratch paper 
  • Recycle laser printer cartridges
  • Reuse file folders 
  • Reduce duplicate publications you receive 
  • Donate old magazines to schools, nursing homes, and hospitals 
  • Set up a program for recycling packaging wastes such as cardboard and paper 
  • Purchase supplies that are less toxic, look for those that are water-based 
  • Purchase materials made from recycled and recyclable materials whenever possible.

For more information on Pollution Prevention, call the Business AssistanceLine, 805-961-8868.

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You Call, We Answer (Business Assistance Line)

The Business Assistance Line is your connection to the staff and business resources at the APCD. More and more of you are calling the Business Assistance Line for answers to your questions.

During the first half of this year, we received an average of 20 calls per month. Business Assistance staff help you by making sure you get timely answers to your questions. If we can?t help you right away, we do our best to find the answer quickly or connect you to the appropriate APCD staff person for help.

We get questions ranging from requests for information on Santa Barbara County?s air quality to questions regarding specific APCD permit requirements. A sample question is shown below.

Common topics include: The APCD permit process, Federal Title V requirements, APCD Rules and Regulations, fees, how our air quality compares to other areas, and pollution prevention. We also receive numerous calls from students of all ages needing information for term papers and other school projects.

If you need assistance, but are not sure who to call, give us a ring on the Business Assistance Line at 805-961-8868. We are here to help!

 


Q & A  

An occasional feature answering questions commonly asked on the Business Assistance Line.

Q: I want to open a new restaurant in Santa Barbara County. Will I need a permit from the APCD?

A: The APCD does not permit restaurants. However, restaurants are subject to APCD Rule 302 Visible Emissions and Rule 303 Nuisance. For a restaurant, the Visible Emissions rule applies to smoke vented from the building. The Nuisance rule applies to any public nuisance, such as excessive smoke or odors coming from a restaurant.

For information on permit requirements, contact the Business Assistance Line at 805-961-8868.

For specific questions regarding the enforcement of Rules 302 and 303, contact Mike Broughton at 805-961-8872.

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