Baghouse regulations are in place to help reduce emissions at industrial facilities. By using verified filtration products, these facilities can improve their emissions control and meet the requirements of EPA regulations. Baghouses must meet specific emissions standards and file permit applications if they exceed those standards. They must also reduce their operating costs by using filtration products that meet the ETV certification.
Baghouses that meet these regulations must be equipped with a BLDS. These devices continuously monitor the baghouse’s performance by recording the bag’s leakage rate and failure rate. More information is available in Rules 1155 and 1156. When you are ready to install a baghouse, you can find out how to comply with the regulations for this process.
The EPA has created the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) program to document the performance of baghouse filtration products. This program is a joint effort between the EPA, American Society for Testing and Materials, and the International Organization for Standardization. The South Coast Air Quality Management District has developed rules and incentives for the use of ETV-verified filtration products. By incorporating these standards into your baghouse monitoring program, you can reduce air pollution and improve public health.
The EPA also has a new regulation called Rule 1155. The rules, which were adopted on November 4, 2005, are designed to limit particulate matter emissions at cement manufacturing facilities. They encourage the use of verified filtration products and good maintenance practices. These regulations are expected to reduce emissions by nearly 50%.
Baghouses also need to have explosion relief venting, which means that they are equipped with isolation devices to contain the deflagration inside the baghouse. If this is not possible, the baghouse must be moved outdoors. They are also designed to contain dust and particulate matter. If they fail to meet these requirements, the facility may have to relocate their operations.
Baghouses must have regular maintenance inspections. A monthly check of the bag tension is required for shaker-type or reverse air baghouses. A quarterly inspection of the baghouse for leaks is also required. In addition, the fans must be checked quarterly to ensure proper operation and maintain proper air quality.
During the regulatory review process, the EPA received over 4,800 comments from industry and community groups. These comments included new information from the industrial sector. Additionally, President Obama issued an executive order to reform the regulatory review process to lower the burden on industry. The revised standards are an important step in reducing pollution and improving the health of the public.