Wednesday, December 22, 2010

EPA Prevented The Release Of 11.8 Billion Pounds Of Hazarous Waste In 2010

WASHINGTON D.C.  - In a recent year end report detailing annual enforcement and compliance results, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through enforcement of regulation, and compliance actions forced polluters to pay more than $110 million in civil penalties and commit to spend an estimated $12 billion on pollution controls, cleanup, and environmental projects that benefit communities. The total accumulated effect of all enforcement, and subsequent reductions in emissions due to infrastructure improvements is expected to prevent the release of nearly 1.4 Billion pounds.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

One of the More Efficient Filters On Earth - Found In Whales

With advances and fabrics, construction, and implementation, current filtration technology is among some of the most advanced sectors of industrial engineering today. However for all of man's research, and achievements, sometimes nature still comes out on top in terms of who has the best "technology".

A recently released study has found that Blue Whales which are the largest animals ever to live, could very well also be the most efficient animals ever. By using a method called Filter-Feeding, the Blue Whale can take in more than 90 times more energy than it uses.
These truly gigantic animals, (at over 33 metres (108 ft) in length and 180 metric tons (200 short tons) or more in weight), dive up to 500 meters beneath the surface, then lunge into the swarms of tiny Krill (A type of Shrimp) above them at several meters per second. With their large mouths open they are able to catch large amount of the tiny Crustaceans. As they strike, their massive mouths fill with huge volumes of water, including plenty of Krill. The water is then pushed out through large filters,  called Baleen, in the Whale's mouth, trapping the Krill.
But recently a team of scientists lead by Robert Shadwick of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and Jeremy Goldbogen of the University of California, San Diego wondered how such a feeding process could be energy efficient. This feeding technique takes a lot of effort due to the energy needed for the lunges. "We wondered how they coped," says Robert Shadwick. They led a team who set out to track blue whales as they fed. In small boats they zoomed up alongside surfacing whales and attached tracking devices to them using suction caps.

How Energy Efficient?

The team followed 265 Blue Whales over the course of 200 foraging dives and 654 lunges. Based on the data they collected, the team estimated that the Whales expend about 3200 kilojoules of energy (About 13.3 million calories) with each dive. This astronomical number at first seems quite high, but it is drawfted when you consider how much energy the Whales get from their food. Using data on known Krill densities, the team estimates that with each lunge, the Whales collected between 34,000 (142,256,000 Calories) and 1,912,000 kJ (7,999,808,000 Calories) – up to 237 times the energy used. That is an efficiency factor of nearly 237 times more energy received than expended. Even when taking into account the dives, the Whales still netted nearly 90 times more energy.

A close up of the Blue Whale's Baleen, or Whalebone
Shadwick went on to explain how during the course of the Whales migratory lifestyle this great efficiency is needed when the Whales have to deal with seasonal starvation. 

All of this is thanks to the Blue Whale has Baleen, or Whalebone, in place of teeth. These narrow vertical plates, which hang inside the mouth cavity, are fringed on the inner edges to trap the Krill engulfed by the whale in a mouthful of water. It is easy to see why these are being called "Natures most efficient Filters".

So next time you think your Filtration system is world class, just remember that you have a long way to go, before you can match efficiency with natures Blue Whale.

Monday, December 20, 2010

California Diesel Regs Cut Black Carbon Soot in Half, Shows the World How to Reap Big Benefits for Health and Climate

Washington, D.C., December 15, 2010 – Cleaner air and significant climate benefits are the result of California laws implemented two decades ago to reduce soot pollution from diesel trucks, according to a new paper published yesterday in Atmospheric Environment. Dirty diesel-burning vehicles are normally guilty of polluting the air with black carbon soot, dark-colored particles that kill and cripple, and cause climate change.

“A leading cause of respiratory diseases, soot is responsible for some 1.9 million deaths a year,” notes paper co-author, Professor V. Ramanathan, in a recent opinion piece published in the New York Times. California’s regulations have cut black carbon emissions from the state in half, providing a direct positive effect on local and regional air quality.

Black carbon is a formidable climate warming agent, estimated to be the second or third greatest contributor to global warming.  While in the atmosphere, the dark particles absorb heat and contribute to global temperature rise.  After a few days to a few weeks, the dark particles fall out of the atmosphere and can settle on snow and ice where they darken the surface and absorb more heat, leading to accelerated melting.

“As this study shows, the technology already exists to solve the black carbon problem,” said Durwood Zaelke, President of the Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development. “Because black carbon is short-lived in the atmosphere, reducing it provides fast benefits for public health and climate change.”

In addition to improving diesel vehicles, cleaner burning cook stoves can reduce black carbon in countries such as India, China, and much of Africa. Prof. Ramanathan, along with his daughter, Nithya Ramanathan, both at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, launched Project Surya several years ago to bring improved cookstoves to Indian villages. The Project Surya team works with local women to collect data on black carbon by providing them with cell phones to take photos of black carbon filters.

“We know how to cut black carbon; we have the solutions,” added Zaelke. “Getting rid of black carbon can avoid millions of deaths and incapacitating injuries a year.  Whether you view the issue from a public health or climate change perspective – we need to take fast action now to cut black carbon.”

For more information, see:

Bahadur, R., Feng, Y., Russell, L.M., Ramanathan, V. Impact of California’s Air Pollution Laws on Black Carbon and their Implications for Direct Radiative Forcing, Atmospheric Environment (2010), doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2010.10.054.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

New Rules On Safe Carbon Capture & Storage Technology Issued By EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized a new set of regulations aimed at maintaining the environmentally safe operation of Carbon Dioxide capture and storage technologies. CCS technologies allow for the large stationary emitters of CO2 such as coal burning power plants, to collect large amounts of Carbon emissions created during the course of burning fossil fuels, and sequester them underground in large geologic formations.

These two new rules deal with the potential effects of CCS operations on drinking water reserves, and for methods of tracking the amount of Carbon these facilities are sequestering underground. Ground water resources are now protected by a new class of injection well termed Class VI under the EPA’s Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program. It ensures that potential sequestion sites are located properly, constructed, tested, monitored, and closed. The second new regulation deals with the way that EPA tracks Carbon sequestering with regard to its greenhouse emissions tracking program.

The new rules are part of a larger effort by the Obama administration to overcoming the barriers to the widespread, cost-effective deployment of CCS technologies within the next 10 years. EPA chief Linda Jackson is quoted as saying: “Today the Obama Administration reaffirmed its commitment to leading the way in the clean energy future.  We’re taking a major step towards path breaking innovations that will reduce greenhouse gases and put America in the forefront of the clean energy economy,”

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EPA Finalizes Rules to Foster Safe Carbon Storage Technology

Monday, November 22, 2010

Chemical Safety Board Video Reports Win Awards

Washington, DC, November 22, 2010: The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) was the recipient of two awards from the Television, Internet, and Video Association of DC at a dinner event held in Washington D.C. this week. A video animation detailing a massive dust explosion that took place at an Imperial Sugar refinery in Georgia won the gold award for an animation in its category. The video was created as part of the CSB investigation into the incident that claim the lives of 14 workers, and injured 36 others. The animation appeared in a CSB safety video entitled Inferno: Dust Explosion at Imperial Sugar. 

Another CSB safety video, Combustible Dust: An Insidious Hazard was presented with the silver award for best educational/training video. This video at just under 30 min in length is designed to serve as a training resource for use in industries that face the dangers of Industrial Dust Explosions. It focuses on what lessons can be learned from several different CBS investigations into Dust Explosion incidents. Containing interviews with CSB investigators, and victims family members, the video demonstrate how Dust Explosions are a very real danger that are part of wide range of industrial processes.

The TIVA award was presented before an audience of hundreds of regional video and media professionals.  Following the awards ceremony, CSB Managing Director Daniel Horowitz said, “This important recognition of our work speaks to the continuing impact of the CSB's thorough, scientific, independent investigations and the commitment of our staff and Board members to state-of-the-art communication of safety information.”

Dr. Horowitz continued, “It is the mission of the CSB to disseminate lessons learned from chemical and industrial accidents and to prevent similar tragedies in the future; the CSB’s video program has distributed hundreds of thousands of DVDs to industry leaders, workers, and communities around the world to increase their knowledge of chemical hazards and apply the lessons to their real world situations.”


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Industrial Pollution, Ozone, & Diesel Exhaust Plague "Dirtiest Cities In America"

The American Lung Association in its State Of The Air 2010 report has listed the top 10 of what it terms the "Dirtiest Cities in America". The report highlights several discouraging fact about the state of air quality in the United States.

Among the findings is that 7 of the top 10 cities on the list, are in the state of California. Including the top 5 spots. They are 1. Bakersfield, 2. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Riverside, 3. Fresno-Madera, 4. Visalia-Porterville,  5. Hanford-Corcoran. This is surely bad news for the 20 million people in these cities are at higher risk of asthma and chronic bronchitis because of pollution.

Overall the the worst area for pollution in the country rest in California's San Joaquin Valley. One study is found that the air quality in this area is so poor, that it can damage the lungs in the same way cigarettes do. In this area you find a near "Perfect Storm"of factors that contribute to the low air quality. With extensive farming, and industry,  California's oil industry (In Bakersfield), car culture and topography all collide to trap pollutants leading to the formation of smog.

But California's coastal areas are also facing heavily polluted air. 

The largest percentage of Californians live and work in near the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Riverside area, which ranked second-worst overall and worst in ozone pollution. Aside from millions of cars on the roads, the area also suffers the effects of the nation's busiest port. Researchers at the University of Calgary found in 2008 that salty coastal air mixed with sunshine and pollutants helps create unexpectedly high levels of ground-level ozone.

The State is attempting to remedy the situation by enacting some of the country's most stringent emission standards. This however has lead to some controversy as several pieces of legislation aimed at tightening emission standards for industry recently have met with opposition.

One in particular, even leading to a statewide ballot initiative. Proposition 23, which would have temporarily suspended key emissions-reduction tenets in the Golden State's Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. One the one side you had the biggest backers of Prop 23 were Texas-based oil companies like Tesoro and Valero Energy and Koch Industries, all of which have operations in California. Valero, for its part, put up $5 million for a media campaign attempting to convince California that the Global Warming Solutions Act is a job-killer, claiming the prop. would further increase the already high 12.4% unemployment rate in the state. As did truck drivers who whose trucks' diesel engines contribute large amount of particulate matter and other pollutants into air while hauling loads to and from the Port of Long Beach.

Since the the proposition failed to pass (62% of voters rejected Prop 23) the emissions cuts are now set to begin in 2012. A carbon cap-and-trade program will be launched later. The goal is that, in eight years, California will have greenhouse gas emissions 15% lower than they are now. Refiners will have to pick up the tab for the pollution control technology improvements at their plants and supplier even cleaner fuels for automobile use than currently mandated in California. 

Valero, which owns two refineries in the state and employs 1,600 workers there, will be able to pass on some of these costs to motorists, but higher fuel prices will almost certainly mean less demand for fuel. Cars are thought to be responsible for as much as 30% of California's greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, the American Lung Association says that truck drivers, dock workers and railroad workers who inhale diesel exhaust are much more likely to die from lung cancer and heart disease than the general population.

For further information, please see the American Lung Association's, State Of The Air website. 

Monday, November 15, 2010

New EPA Informational Resources For Combating Greenhouse Gases

With these new tools, the EPA is making it easier for local regulatory organizations and for those looking to receive air permits, to understand how they can help reduce the release of harmful Greenhouse Gases into the atmosphere.

This new article can be found in full at the News Section.

EPA Releases New Pollution Permitting Guidance

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) is making available new tools and guidelines for use by State and Local Environmental regulatory boards, to identify the most cost effective pollution control technologies to control the emission of Greenhouse Gases (GHGs).

“‘EPA is working closely with its partners at the state and local levels to ensure permitting for greenhouse gases runs smoothly,”‘ said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office Air and Radiation...
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

5 Reasons You Should Care About Dust Collection

The term Industrial Dust Collection for many simply draws a blank in their minds. "What is that?" they may say. Or they might simply think that it has something to do with "Big Vacuum Cleaners". But little do those outside of the industry itself appreciate how many benefits this multimillion dollar industry brings to all of us. Here are just 5 reasons why we should be care about Dust Collection technology and the effects it has on our lives.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

New 3M Clip-On Safety Device Helps Protect Against Hearing Loss

By Dominick DalSanto Environmental Expert, Author, & Content Editor

November 8th, 2010

One the most under valued parts of any worker's PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is Personal Hearing Protection. Usually, consisting of earplugs or noise canceling headphones, this kind of equipment is very often the first PPE to be removed or disregarded by personal in hazardous conditions. Often the cause of this, it that personal fail to appreciate just how loud their current environment is, and how dangerous the noise level there is.

With 3M's newest product, the 3M NI-100EU Noise Indicator, 3M has added another impressive offering to its passive hearing conservation range line of products. This new model, offers a quick guide to potential noise hazard levels, by identifying areas where hearing protection may need to be worn. Many of the industrial settings where industrial filtration takes place, such as at Cement plants, Steel Foundries, Waste Water Treatment Plants, etc...are perfect examples of settings that contain noise hazards.

Employing an LED lighting system, it flashes green when ambient noise levels are below 85db (Considered safe) and red for levels above 85db (The standard level where protective equipment must be used).

Small and compact, this product is useful to workers in countless diverse industries, where noise hazards may exist. It has a rechargeable battery that operates for up to 200 hours between charges and an automatic turn-off system.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Donaldson Company To Focus On Growth In Liquid Filtration

Donaldson Company, one of the largest players in the Industrial Filtration industry, announced this past week that it is making a number of strategic organizational changes to gain a larger share of the global Liquid Filtration market. Included among these changes, is the combining of the company's Industrial Hydraulic and Bulk Fuel sections, with its Engine Counterparts sections.

In addition to large investments that have been made to Donaldson's production, labs and personnel, Senior Vice President, Jay Ward is quoted as saying, “In addition to these investments, Donaldson has committed considerable corporate technology resources to the development of media, modeling, and testing”.

Clearly many in the industry, feel that the market for Industrial Liquid Filtration is poised for enstensive growth in the near future, leading many companies such as Donaldson to begin investing heavely into R&D, Marketing, and Production for this field.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A New Article That Discusses The Dangers of Industrial Dust Explosions

Today we are happy to announce that we have published a new article here on that deals with Industrial Dust Explosions. You can find the new article by Dust Explosions – The Dangers and The Precautions Needed To Avoid Them here:

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Thursday, October 28, 2010 Now On Facebook & LinkedIn

To further are market exposure and to help keep our users up to date with the latest additions to our site, we at are happy to announce the launch of two new Social Media pages.

The first one can be found on Facebook. The Facebook page will have supply Industry News, site updates, and new Article Postings and much more. With the LinkedIn profile, eventually you will be able to learn more and more about the staff here at, and our company as a whole. Facebook Page:!/pages/QFiltercom-The-Online-Home-For-Industrial-Filtration/149335728443317 LinkedIn Profile:

We hope that you will link to/follow/like, these pages. Which will not only benefit, but also your own Social Media Efforts.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Clean Coal Technology Might Just Give A New Green Outlook To The Coal Industry

In a brand new article in the Resources Section, Environmental Expert, Gilda Martinez, discusses the growing development of the aptly termed "Clean Coal" technologies that are reshaping the future of Coal in modern industry.

Here is a Excerpt from that article here:

Clean Coal Technology - Why We Need It So & When Will We Have It?

Beingin, China, Sunday 10th of October 2010 32 people are killed in traffic accidents along roads that have become almost invisible due mainly to the heavy smog and fog in urban China’s overly polluted air. The largest contributor to that polluted air is by far fly ash, a residue generated by the combustion of coal, which is China’s single biggest source of solid industrial waste and, one of its gravest problems.

The purpose of this article is to draw attention to how much is being done in the development and implementation of Clean Coal technologies. With these emerging technologies it may be possible to prevent more situations like the one mention above from happening again elsewhere. An examination of how the use of Coal as a fuel affects the environment, what the term Clean Coal technology really means, what Clean Coal techniques are being developed, and put into use today, and why it is so important for the health of both our planet, and the general population...

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New Article in the Resources Section Discusses The Growing Need for Pollution Control in India

Here is an excerpt from the latest article posted to the Resources Section

India’s Booming Economy, and It’s Vital Need For Pollution Control Technology

By Gilda Martinez
Staff Writer

The rapid economic growth and industrialization in many developing countries is calling for a sustainable management of the natural resources. Despite the urgency of this problem, not many people are aware of this growing issue. Although great efforts are being done by many environmentally conscience companies in the developed world, this article will analyze problems and solutions, how increasingly industrialized countries, in particular India, are using the same tools to keep their air clean, how the governments have changed their focus, policy, etc to fix the problem and how these areas provide a booming market for providers of Industrial Pollution Controls, specifically Dust Collection and Liquid Filtration.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Welcome to the premier source of Filtration Industry news

Welcome to our newest blog. This blog will be used to keep our customers informed about the latest developments in the Filtration Industry.