Facility: Environmental Issues
Air | Water
| Traffic | Noise
Air from the combustion chamber of the boilers is directed through the
latest in advanced emissions controls equipment. This equipment includes
hydrated lime injection into the furnace to control acid gases,
a dry flue gas scrubber to remove acid gasses, a set of reverse air fabric
filter baghouse modules to remove particulate emissions, an ammonia injection
system to remove nitrous oxides, and a carbon injection system to remove
mercury and dioxins/furans. Further, the Martin Combustion Controls keep the carbon monoxide
levels in compliance by ensuring proper and complete combustion.
The waste-to-energy industry is more highly regulated than coal and
oil fired utilities. While certain emissions are unique to each industry,
other constituents are common to both traditional power producing facilities
and waste-to-energy facilities. EPA standards for sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide, for example,
created a unit for unit cleaner energy source via waste-to-energy facilities than traditional coal and oil fired utilities.
The gases are continuously monitored via
an advanced computerized system which samples the exhaust gasses 4 to
5 times per minute and reports the results to the control room of the
facility. This information is used by the operator to make
decisions concerning the operation of the plant, and is transmitted in
real time via modem to the County and State environmental protection authorities.
As another measure of assurance, stack emissions are routinely sampled
and tested by an independent laboratory annually.