Envent speaks at Refinery Safety Forum

We had the pleasure of speaking at a Northern California Refinery’s safety forum, with around 60 attendees. Our presentation highlighted Envent’s unwavering commitment to safety. At Envent, safety is our top priority, and we’re proud to share our dedication with our customers during their safety meetings.

Stronger Clean Air Standards for Chemical Plants that emit ethylene oxide and chloroprene

You can find this article at: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/biden-harris-administration-finalizes-stronger-clean-air-standards-chemical-plants

Final rule will reduce the number of people with elevated cancer risk by 96% in communities near plants that emit ethylene oxide and chloroprene.

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EPA Press Office (press@epa.gov)

WASHINGTON – Today, April 9, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule that will significantly reduce toxic air pollution from chemical plants, including ethylene oxide and chloroprene. EPA’s action will advance President Biden’s commitment to environmental justice by slashing more than 6,200 tons of toxic air pollution each year, dramatically reducing the number of people with elevated cancer risk due to toxic air pollution in communities surrounding plants covered by the rule. Once implemented, the rule will reduce both EtO and chloroprene emissions from covered processes and equipment by nearly 80%. A requirement for these facilities to conduct fenceline monitoring for key toxic chemicals is included, and EPA will make the data publicly available to better inform and safeguard nearby communities.

Today’s action is the latest in recent weeks to protect communities from EtO pollution, following a final rule to dramatically reduce EtO emissions from commercial sterilization facilities. Both rules advance the Biden Cancer Moonshot, a commitment to ending cancer as we know it, while advancing environmental justice in communities overburdened by toxic chemicals.

Today’s final rule delivers critical health protections for communities that Administrator Michael Regan visited as part of his Journey to Justice tour.

“President Biden believes every community in this country deserves to breathe clean air. That’s why I took the Journey to Justice tour to communities like St. John the Baptist Parish, where residents have borne the brunt of toxic air for far too long,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “We promised to listen to folks that are suffering from pollution and act to protect them. Today we deliver on that promise with strong final standards to slash pollution, reduce cancer risk, and ensure cleaner air for nearby communities.”

“By issuing strong clean air standards and requiring companies to monitor pollution at the fenceline, the Biden-Harris Administration is protecting communities from toxic chemicals that can cause cancer and ensuring people know what is in their air. This critical step advances President Biden’s commitment to environmental justice for overburdened communities and will help keep children safe from toxic chemical exposure,” said White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory.

“This announcement is a monumental step towards safeguarding public health and the environment. By slashing over 6,200 tons of toxic air pollutants annually and implementing fenceline monitoring, this addresses health risks in surrounding communities and promotes environmental justice in states like Louisiana. With a substantial reduction of nearly 80% in emissions from covered sources, this is a significant stride towards protecting current and future generations from the harmful effects of these carcinogenic chemicals and demonstrates a path forward for communities and industry to coexist,” said Congressman Troy A. Carter, Sr. (LA-02).

“Today marks a victory in the pursuit for environmental justice, with the final rule poised to significantly reduce the toxic air pollution that harms communities in Texas’s Gulf Coast, Louisiana’s Cancer Alley, and throughout the U.S.,” said Earthjustice Vice President for Healthy Communities Patrice Simms. “Setting protective air standards for over 200 chemical plants and requiring fenceline monitoring for some of the most toxic emissions shows a commitment to protecting public health. We look forward to the EPA’s swift implementation and rigorous enforcement of this critical rule.”

Today’s action applies to certain equipment and processes at about 200 plants that make synthetic organic chemicals and a variety of polymers and resins, including neoprene. Once implemented, it will reduce both EtO and chloroprene emissions from covered processes and equipment by nearly 80%. Long-term exposure to these two chemicals can increase the risk of certain types of cancer, such as lymphoma, leukemia, breast cancer and liver cancer. EPA also expects the rule to better protect children, who are more exposed and more susceptible to the effects of toxic chemicals including EtO and chloroprene.

The rule also reduces additional air toxics, such as benzene, 1,3-butadiene, ethylene dichloride and vinyl chloride. By cutting emissions of these chemicals, the rule will reduce the risks of developing cancer from breathing in toxic air pollutants. In addition, the rule will reduce smog-forming volatile organic compounds by 23,700 tons a year.

The final rule will provide critical public health protections for overburdened communities near covered plants. When EPA proposed the rule, it conducted a first-of-its-kind community risk assessment to provide the public with the best possible information about existing health risks from air toxics exposure and how the proposal would affect them. That assessment examined the air toxics-related risks from all large facilities in communities within about six miles of the plants – including facilities that would not be covered by the rule – to provide a more complete picture of the air toxics-related risk in these communities. The assessment showed that the rule would reduce the number of people who have elevated air toxics-related cancer risk by 96% in those communities – and the final delivers those reductions.

Requirements in the final rule are largely the same as what EPA proposed. However, the agency made several changes to proposed requirements in response to public comments.

The final rule includes a fenceline monitoring requirements for covered processes and equipment that make, use, store or emit EtO, chloroprene, benzene, 1,3-butadiene, ethylene dichloride or vinyl chloride, as proposed, but modifies the compliance deadlines to implement these requirements. EPA had proposed to require monitoring to begin one year after the effective date of the rule. For fenceline monitoring at synthetic organic chemical manufacturing plants, the agency is setting a deadline of two years in response to comments that facilities and laboratories need additional preparation time to begin the monitoring programs. For neoprene production sources, EPA is setting a 90-day deadline for beginning fenceline monitoring of chloroprene emissions.

For all six pollutants, owners and operators must find the source of the pollution and make repairs if annual average air concentrations of the chemicals are higher than a specified action level at the fenceline. The action levels vary depending on the chemical.

To ensure the results of fenceline monitoring are available to communities, EPA will make the monitoring data publicly available on its WebFIRE webpage. The fenceline monitoring provisions in the final rule are modeled on similar Clean Air Act requirements for petroleum refineries first established in 2015, which have been historically successful in identifying and reducing benzene emissions.

EPA is also working to reduce emissions from other sources of EtO, including from chemical plants that produce polyether polyols, and taking additional actions to address EtO emissions and advance EtO research, such as:

  • Investigating additional sources of EtO (e.g., stand-alone warehouses) and opportunities for emissions controls.
  • Enforcing existing regulations as appropriate.
  • Conducting research to better understand and measure EtO.

Your Complete Refinery Turnaround Service Provider

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Envent Corporation: Your Complete Refinery Turnaround Service Provider

Houston, Texas – Envent Corporation, a recognized leader in environmental and industrial solutions, stands as the trusted name for complete refinery turnaround services. Refinery shutdowns and turnarounds are critical windows of time where every minute counts, and Envent is the go-to company for comprehensive solutions, from vapor control to water treatment.

Optimizing Turnaround Efficiency

Refinery shutdowns and turnarounds are high-stakes operations where time truly equals money. Any unplanned hitches can disrupt schedules, put plants out of compliance with regulations, and result in substantial financial losses. At Envent, we understand the importance of regulatory compliance, exposure reduction, and safety on behalf of our clients. We are committed to helping our clients make the most of their planned turnarounds and, more importantly, addressing unforeseen issues.

Customized and Engineered Solutions

Envent’s refinery turnaround services offer tailored and engineered solutions designed to meet the unique needs of each client. Our offerings encompass flareless options and support for Flare Gas Recovery Units (FGRUs) during Maintenance, Startup, and Shutdown (MSS) events. We specialize in the complete destruction of a wide variety of vapors, including steam, nitrogen, hydrogen, H2S, as well as high and low BTU vapor streams. Additionally, Envent is equipped to treat the water generated in preparing your unit for maintenance.

Time Efficiency is Key

The Refinery Shutdown Relief (RSR) regulations can limit the use of a refinery’s flare during a turnaround, causing extended depressurization and decontamination time. Envent boasts the largest fleet of thermal oxidizers in the United States, including the largest mobile thermal oxidizer available – the EMECS 77, capable of handling 34,000 SCFM and 77 MMBTU/hr. This remarkable capacity enables Envent to significantly reduce the time required for unit depressurization, all while ensuring 100% compliance with environmental regulations.

Collaborative Approach

Envent’s experienced engineers work in close collaboration with your turnaround planning team and environmental department, often months in advance, to provide customized solutions for vapor control and water treatment. Our engineers played a pivotal role in the design and construction of our equipment, ensuring that it is tailored to your facility’s unique needs. Our comprehensive consultation includes the provision of expert operators and equipment, ranging from tanks and piping to pumps, scrubbers, water treatment systems, and proprietary chemicals. We also offer sophisticated compliance monitoring and reporting, led by our expert operators and engineers.

Envent: Your Turnaround Partner

Envent Corporation is not just a service provider; we are your partner in achieving a seamless and efficient refinery turnaround. With our commitment to regulatory compliance, safety, and the environment, Envent offers innovative and cost-effective solutions for the refining industry.

For more information and inquiries, please contact:

Solutions@envent.net

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About Envent Corporation:

Envent Corporation is a leading provider of environmental and industrial solutions, with a history dating back to 1992. The company is dedicated to ensuring the highest standards of environmental compliance, safety, and efficiency for its clients. For further information, please visit www.enventcorporation.com.

 

HASC Safety Event – Environmental FINALIST!

Envent showcased at the Health and Safety Council Tailgate and qualified for the FINALS of the coveted Houston Area Safety Awards!  This event took a lot of time and preparation to put together with only a month notice! Our booth looked great and it was a great opportunity to meet new and existing customers.

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Southern California’s Office Holiday Celebration

As the year drew to a close, Envent Corporation’s Southern California office transformed into a hub of joy and festivity for their annual Happy Holidays celebration. The air was filled with laughter, warmth, and the unmistakable spirit of the season.

Spreading Holiday Cheer:

One of the highlights of the day was our festive raffle, adding an extra layer of excitement to the celebration. Lucky winners walked away with fantastic prizes, courtesy of Envent Corporation. The joy on their faces mirrored the joy that the holiday season brings – a time for giving and receiving with open hearts.

Feasting and Fellowship:

No holiday celebration is complete without a delightful spread of food, and our Happy Holidays event was no exception. Colleagues gathered around tables adorned with seasonal delights, sharing stories and creating memories. It was a moment to pause, appreciate, and enjoy the simple pleasures of good company and good food.

Gratitude and Goodwill:

At Envent Corporation, we’re more than just colleagues – we’re a family. The Happy Holidays celebration served as a reminder of the strong bonds that tie us together. As we head into the new year, let’s carry the spirit of gratitude and goodwill from this festive occasion into our daily endeavors.

Wishing You a Merry and Bright Season:

As we wish each other a Happy Holidays, let’s embrace the magic of this special time of year. May the warmth and joy experienced at our Southern California office resonate in each of our hearts as we welcome the new year.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to making our Happy Holidays celebration a memorable and heartwarming event. Here’s to a season filled with joy, laughter, and the company of loved ones.

Envent is an EPA Natural Gas STAR Service Provider

Exciting News! 🌟 Envent is proud to join forces with the EPA Natural Gas STAR Program as a listed service provider, showcasing our commitment to reducing methane emissions. With over 30 years of expertise, Envent stands as the top choice for degassing & vapor control, odor control, mobile wastewater treatment, and natural gas cross-compression services. 🌿💨 Trust us to deliver sustainable solutions for a cleaner, greener future! 🌎🛢️

 

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