The strength of EQM rests firmly in our employees’ technical abilities and experience, and our relationships with our clients. Our company has been providing environmental compliance, engineering, and permitting services to the steel, cement, utility, and many other industry sectors since 1990. Many of our employees have been consulting to these industries for over 30 years. We are committed to working with our clients to develop practical solutions to their projects from planning and permitting, to system design and installation, to compliance auditing and testing. Our professionals integrate our many services and proven experience to provide cost-effective solutions to critical issues. Many of our professionals have developed a unique expertise and perspective with respect to environmental and engineering issues unique to the steel and cement industries through educational training and hands-on operations experience gained through the support of virtually every steel and cement process currently in operation.
EQM offers expertise in the following service areas:
- Permitting & Compliance
- Dispersion Modeling
- APC system evaluations, troubleshooting and design
- Method 303, LDAR and general environmental permitting
- Water/wastewater management, permitting and conservation
- Process Optimization
- Title V Renewal
- Wastewater PTIs/IDPs
- Process Analysis
- Pollution Prevention
- Hazardous Waste Management
- Air Pollution Control Engineering
- Air Emissions Testing
- Community relations
- Facility closure, remediation and reuse
- Stormwater Permitting
- NPDES Permitting
Steel Industry Projects
- Engineering design of emission capture system for a Blast Furnace Cast House.
- Engineering evaluation of LMS evacuation and baghouse system for USS/KOBE Steel in Ohio.
- Evaluation of handling and recycling alternatives for solid waste residues at Burns Harbor plant in Indiana.
- Development of SARA 313/TRI guidance document for the Steel Manufacturers Association.
- Contamination analysis of river bed sediment, remedial design, and oversight of the Mahoning River in Ohio.
- Evaluation of ESP performance in Michigan.
- Evaluation of visible emission exceedances at a Basic Oxygen Process (BOP) in Illinois.
- Scrubber evaluations at steelmaking facilities in Indiana, Illinois, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.
- Expert witness testimony in support of steel clients in EPA Regions 4 and 5.
- Air compliance monitoring for pickling, galvanizing, and coating operations in a 3-state area.
- Process Safety Management for Coke Oven By-Products and Blast Furnaces in a 3-state area.
Cement Industry Projects
Cement Processing Facilities
Provide permitting; air quality analysis; RMP; negotiations with Federal, State, and Local Agencies; SO2 and secondary plume abatement; environmental data management; source testing; and air pollution control evaluations. Included in this project were facilities located in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina, and Washington.
Study of PM and SO2 Control Systems
- Prepared a heat and mass balance for the kiln operation that defines the flue gas volume produced by the kiln operation and fuel gas composition. An estimate of the dust loading was also prepared. This balance was used to evaluate the use of a fabric filter and ESP and to specify the design and performance.
- Reviewed the applicable regulatory requirements for PM emissions from the kiln. The review included state implementation plan (SIP) limits (process weight equations), new source performance standards (NSPS), Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) (proposed), opacity, and ambient air quality standards. This analysis was used to determine the maximum permissible opacity and mass emission rate for the proposed air pollution control device.
- Prepared an opacity prediction for the required PM emission limit. Kiln gas volume, particulate matter concentration, particle size distribution, and stack diameter data used in the analysis.
- Conducted a technical feasibility study for controlling nitrogen oxide emissions from a wet process cement kiln. The analysis included a preliminary design, equipment sizing, and specifications applicability of the design, implementation costs, and an analysis of process chemistry and operating practices.
- Prepared revised emission calculations and revised the netting and regulatory permitting analysis to include additional process units.
- Obtained the necessary data and information to prepare the Toxic Release Information(TRI) report for submission to the U.S. EPA and the State.
- Completed the TRI for the cement manufacturing facility.
- Provided assistance with the permit negotiations regarding CO limits and cost estimates associated with Best Available Control Technology (BACT).
- Assisted with PSD application, including emission inventory, BACT analysis, dispersion modeling, and Agency negotiation.
- Prepared air permit application for a new cement plant.