Regulation of Stationary Diesel Internal Combustion Emission Sources in the Mid-Atlantic: An Industry Perspective

March 1, 2010
Michael C. Nines
EM Magazine, a publication of the Air & Waste Management Association

By now, it is clear that mobile and stationary air emission sources combusting diesel fuel contribute to air pollution; most notably in the form of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), and particulate matter (PM). In addition to concerns relating to the attainment of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), federal and state regulators have identified significant concerns relating to the health effects of diesel emissions. In light of these developments, owners and operators of diesel emissions sources, particularly existing stationary engines, are likely to find state agencies increasing their attention on the construction, operation, and/ or modification of these sources at the facility level. This article appeared in the March 2010 issue of EM Magazine, a publication of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA; www.awma.org).

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