Vapor Control and Recovery Background
Since the 1970s the United States EPA other national environmental agencies as well as local air quality boards have focused on the implementation of new regulations on the transfer and storage of volatile hydrocarbon products. Vapors from these products, also known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) or Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs), are emitted into the atmosphere during transfer operations, such as tank trunk loading, marine vessel loading or storage tank transfers. The regulations have been implemented to prevent the VOC and HAP emissions from escaping into the environment in an attempt to reduce air pollution.
Many types of hydrocarbon vapors emitted into the atmosphere can lead to the production of photochemical oxidants, primarily ozone, in the layer of the atmosphere closest to the earth's surface. Ozone has been designated as a criterion pollutant since its presence can affect the health and well being of human life. Many other types of hydrocarbon vapors have been deemed as hazardous, carcinogens or toxic to human life and reducing the possibility of exposure to these compounds, HAPs, has led to their control.
WNEC can provide a wide range of vapor control services to assist the client with solutions and alternatives in dealing with some of these complex topics. Additionally, WNEC can assist in the proper implementation, application and operation of their vapor control systems.
If you have vapor control issues or problems, please feel free to contact us by telephone, fax, mail or e-mail. We will be happy to discuss how WNEC can assist you.