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Industrial Emissions Air Quality Assessments

Many industrial processes emit pollution to the atmosphere. Commonly, this is in the form of waste gasses from combustion sources that are dispersed into the atmosphere via a tall chimney or stack (e.g. emissions from gas and coal fired power generation).

However, there are many other industrial sources of waste gases and fine particulate material that can pollute the atmosphere. Examples of such industries include:

  • fuel refinery and production;
  • metal production and processing;
  • mineral extraction and processes;
  • chemical industry;
  • waste management, treatment, transfer and storage;
  • paper, pulp, board and textile industries; and
  • tar and bitumen activities.

In addition to stack emissions from definable “point” sources, airborne pollutants from processes associated with these industries can arise from volume (e.g. plumes of dust from elevated conveyor systems in quarries), area (e.g. methane emissions from the surface of a landfill site) or line sources (e.g. emissions from a moving diesel powered locomotive).

Depending on the scale of emissions from an industrial process it is either regulated by the local authority for smaller processes or the Environment Agency for much larger sources.

Using a variety of tools and assessment methodologies (e.g. ADMS, Aermod, Screen, GasSim), which usually require significant scoping and liaison with appropriate regulators, Phlorum Limited routinely provides air quality consultancy services for environmental permitting and/or planning applications for a wide range of industrial processes.

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