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ICAC Roundtable: Collaborating for Sound, Flexible Policies

Posted By Betsy Natz, Thursday, February 5, 2015
Updated: Thursday, February 5, 2015

What is one of the best ways to promote collaboration across the industry? Roundtable meetings.


In last week’s blog, we took a look at 2015 to focus in on where we’re headed as an organization, and industry. And with all of the changes on the horizon, finding ways to generate collaboration within the air pollution control arena will become crucial to our success. With that in mind, ICAC is taking the initiative to lead this concerted effort, welcoming both members and newcomers to take part in the regulatory development discussion during our Annual Meeting feature event on April 22, 2015: ICAC Roundtable: Understanding the Impacts of Regulations.

Together, we’ll explore the complicated maze of federal and state agencies, talking through the reasons why close participation with federal and state agencies will provide your company with benefits including the ability to forecast revenue and earnings flow, and the rebutting of inaccurate or old information that agencies or contracted third parties may have. Throughout the Roundtable session, we’ll also take a deeper dive into the regulatory process, outlining current emissions limitation provisions for pollutants, and discussing best practices for working with EPA, state agencies, and peripheral third parties.


We encourage you to join us for this opportunity to share ideas and foster partnerships with fellow colleagues and representatives from across the air pollution control and monitoring technology sector. Participating in this important dialogue, will help our industry take the practical and effective steps needed to implement best practices and take action on the right regulations, at the right time. 

Tags:  air quality  clean air technologies  EPA  pollution control 

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New Year, New Developments: A Look at 2015

Posted By Betsy Natz, Friday, January 30, 2015
Updated: Friday, January 30, 2015

With every New Year comes new, clean air initiatives and technologies.

In our case, these new initiatives and clean air technologies mean a more successful year as an organization, and industry. But our efforts don’t stop at new technologies, there’s much, much more to be done on our part. Together, we must continue to make strides toward limiting emissions and creating more flexible and sound clean air policies.  

As leaders in the air pollution control sector, we’ll look back at 2014 as a time filled with control and monitoring system development while looking forward to a fresh start and a new year of innovative technological evolution. Here’s what we can expect for 2015:

  • Carbon Pollution Rule
    While the EPA prepares its final rules on carbon pollution, we look forward to “mid-summer” updates on regulations covering new, existing and modified power plants. These new regulations help lay the foundation for Obama's Climate Action Plan and will help set emissions limits for power plants across the nation.

  • Methane Reduction Plan
    A methane reduction plan is in the works, including direct regulations on emissions wells from new oil and natural gas. As a critical component of President Obama’s goal to reduce emissions by as much as 45 percent by 2025, the EPA has noted the possibility of directly regulating methane emissions from existing oil and gas wells in the future.

  • New National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)
    Proposed by the EPA, a new ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) may be in the pipeline for us, featuring between 65 parts per billion and 70 ppb. But that’s not all, the EPA will take comments on the current standard of 75 ppb, or lowering the standard to 60 ppb. The final rule is expected by early October.

While these are just a few of the many initiatives for 2015 put forth to help lead the efforts to improve air quality, this year’s regulatory agenda will play an integral role in the progression of our monitoring and control systems for years to come. 

Check back here for updates to keep up with the latest movements on industry regulations. Learn how to get involved in the discussion and join our efforts as we work for a cleaner, healthier tomorrow.

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Tags:  air quality  clean air technologiesclean power plan  EPA  pollution control 

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Giving Thanks for New Technologies

Posted By Betsy Natz, Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Updated: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Clean AirIf there's one thing to give thanks for this holiday season, it's the new technologies that have sprung up, paving the way for cleaner air and a healthier tomorrow. While we use pollution control technologies and tracking systems to measure the impact of pollution on people's everyday lives, new studies have shown great progress in a pollution tracking system like none other: social media.


As representatives of the air pollution control industry, we know that tracking pollution in some of the world’s largest cities can be next to impossible. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are shedding light on social media as a new approach to the issue, presenting this innovative solution as a way to assist in mapping pollution by user feedback. But how?


Researchers tested this digitally focused initiative in China, one of the most polluted countries in the world. Mining a Twitter-like social platform ‘Sina Weibo,’ they monitored posts relative to air quality. Using both word choices and author locations to estimate the air quality of a given region, this study highlighted feedback and the perspectives from inhabitants of 108 different cities over the course of 30 days. After compiling the data, the researchers found that the levels of pollution directly correlated with tweets around bad or good air quality in those cities. 


This study offers a way for those of our industry to acquire information on if and how pollution is affecting people in certain regions throughout the world. While this pollution tracking system may not be the end-all solution for our industry, it allows us to keep an open mind when it comes to new technologies and data.  


Be it digital or not, feedback and perspective drive policy. Adopting these new initiatives will help us help our lawmakers form legislation to better combat, and end air pollution. 


Tags:  air quality  clean air technologies  pollution control 

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