RAECO Rents logo

E-Newsletter

March 2012
Matt DeLacluyse, RAECO Rents business development manager

I moved to Washington DC for college, and lived there for 17 years. So during that time, my "local" news was really the national stuff: what was happening on Capitol Hill. But as with all things, most of it didn’t matter to me… until it affected me directly.

Now, I’m responsible for teaching my kids to live in an environmentally-friendly way. So, the DC news on Clean Air Act compliance is more relevant to me than ever before.

Ordering and Accounting

Effective January 1, 2012, RAECO Rents is now its own company.

Please add RAECO Rents to your approved vendors list:
RAECO Rents LLC
135 Bernice Drive
Bensenville IL, 60106
Ph: 866-736-8347
Fx: 815-464-8720

We have a lot of changes planned, all aimed at making your job easier, and making it easier for you to do business with us. Keep watching the Rents E-news: I'll let you know as new products and services become available.

Gently-used industrial hygiene and safety instruments for sale

Looking for low-cost IH and safety instruments? Willing to buy a gently-used rental? We've posted a list of gently-used instruments on the RAECO Rents website. Check it out. Then, call us at 866-736-8347 and make us an offer!

Don't forget! When you rent online at RAECORents.com, you save 5% automatically! No forms, no codes to enter. Just put a rental item in your shopping cart, and we'll deduct 5% of the rental fee.

Can’t find an item you need on our website? Call 866-736-8347 and we’ll find it for you.

Find us online!

The RAECO Rents website

The RAECO Rents blog

RAECO Rents on LinkedIn

Our videos on YouTube

Complying with EPA Rules for Toxic Boiler Emissions

Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized new standards for reducing emissions of toxic air pollutants from commercial and industrial boilers, and requires full compliance to these standards by 2014. Most requirements are operational (how often mandatory tune-ups are performed), but others are regulatory (reporting numeric rate of air toxic emissions).

According to EPA estimates, Americans will see $10 to $24 in health benefits for every dollar spent to meet the new standards. They also anticipate a reduction of more than 400,000 worker sick days annually due to the drop in toxic emissions, as compliance to the standards helps reduce medically harmful pollutants in the air.

The standards apply to two groups:

  • Nearly 13,800 boilers and process heaters at refineries, chemical plants, and industrial facilities: These "major source" facilities are known to emit mercury, organic air toxics, and dioxins as their largest pollution sources, at an annual rate of 10 tons of any one toxic to 25 tons of all toxics combined.
  • Nearly 187,000 boilers at universities, hospitals, hotels, and commercial buildings, "area sources" of air toxics. These boilers will be regulated based on generally available control technologies (a less stringent requirement than the original EPA plan), except for those that emit pollutants like mercury or polycyclic organic matter.
 Major Source BoilersArea Source Boilers
Capacity<10mm/BTU≥10mm/BTU<10mm/BTU≥10mm/BTU
Clean gas fuelNo numeric limits

Tune-up every other year
No numeric limits
Annual tune-up
Rule does not cover gas-fired area source boilers.
CoalNumeric emission limits for 5 pollutants No numeric limits

Tune-up every other year
Numeric limits for 2 pollutants
(3 for new boiler)
BiomassNew boilers: Numeric emission limit for particulate matter
Existing: No numeric emission limits
Tune-up every other year
Oil or dirty process gas
Compliance DatesExisting: 3/21/2014
New: Within 15 days after startup
Existing: Tune-up required by 3/21/2012. Full compliance by 3/21/2014.
New: Compliant at startup

* Existing boilers only (in construction/use prior to June 4, 2010)

2 pollutants: Mercury, carbon monoxide
3 pollutants: Mercury, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter
5 pollutants: Mercury, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, hydrogen chloride, dioxin

Producing automated reports for EPA compliance

You can use Testo’s model 350 Advanced portable emissions analyzers during tune-up and testing, and generate your reports using their compatible software. The software suite consists of three parts: the USB driver so your PC can see the analyzer, Testo easyEmissions software for analyzer setup, real-time measurement, and data downloads, and Testo EasyReport, which takes the data and plugs it into Excel for simple, automated reporting.

The basic module of easyReport will log measurement data into Excel. The reporting module (locked by default, and requires registration with Testo for full operation), adds more compliance-reporting functionality.

I’ll be doing a step-by-step walkthrough of this software on the new RAECO Rents blog in the next few weeks. I’ll also talk about any changes to the Clean Air Act, as there’s an ongoing battle in Congress these days to change the standards again.

News!

We’re constantly working to improve your experiences with RAECO Rents. And to make it easier for you to find the rental equipment you need, and the documentation you need to work with it, we’ll be launching a new website later this spring.

Please bookmark www.RaecoRents.com. Right now, that address takes you to the RAECO website you’ve been using for years. Soon, it’ll take you to a site designed specifically for our rental customers, with more video tutorials, my new blog, and lots of other stuff.

RAECO Rents
135 Bernice Dr
Bensenville IL 60106-3366
Phone: 866-736-8347 (866-RENT-EHS)
www.RAECORents.com

Raeco Rents on LinkedIn

© 2012 RAECO Rents LLC, Bensenville IL. All rights reserved.