Envera Consulting: Coffee Roaster Permitting
Envera Consulting: Coffee Roaster Permitting
Envera Consulting: Coffee Roaster Permitting

Southern California is a hotbed for specialty coffee, but there are a few things that you need to know if you’re planning to install a coffee roaster in the area.

According to South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Rule 201 and 202, a permit is needed to [1] construct and [2] operate a coffee roaster. In the definitions of the permitting rules, this can include new construction, bringing an old unit to the area and firing it up or modifying an existing coffee roaster.

To get a permit from the AQMD, you will need to prepare an application that…


Envera Consulting: AQMD Permits and Moving
Envera Consulting: AQMD Permits and Moving
Envera Consulting: AQMD Permits and Moving

Moving to Canada if a “certain” candidate wins the presidential election has been a recent topic of conversation.

On the other hand, businesses move all the time, and they move for various reasons.

In an article in Entrepreneur Magazine, Mark Henricks referenced the five reasons Sharon K. Ward gave for why businesses move:

  1. Labor and workforce issues
  2. The desire to reach new market
  3. The need to upgrade facilities or equipment
  4. The desire to lower costs or increase cash flow
  5. Considerations about quality of life

As it relates to South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) air permits, there is one…


Envera Consulting: Environmental Compliance Services
Envera Consulting: Environmental Compliance Services
Envera Consulting: Environmental Compliance Services

Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar ran one of the most successful businesses in history.

Let’s look at some of these statistics:

  • Escobar was named one of the 10 richest people on Earth.
  • Escobar’s Medellin Cartel was once making $60 million per day.
  • Escobar once burned $2 million in cash to protect his daughter from the cold weather.

We’re certainly not suggesting that you start a drug cartel or get involved with drugs in any way.

We’re merely pointing out that Escobar’s business was incredibly successful, until it became too much to handle.

Running a business that’s making $60 million per day comes with its share of problems.

At one point, Escobar had so much money…


Envera Consulting: SCAQMD Rule 1110.2
Envera Consulting: SCAQMD Rule 1110.2
Envera Consulting: SCAQMD Rule 1110.2

Stationary engines are a common piece of equipment we come across in the field.

The engines we’ve seen used in facilities are:

  • Water and sanitation districts
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) plants
  • Natural gas distribution facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Breweries
  • Correctional facilities

Introducing SCAQMD Rule 1110.2

Within the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), most stationary engines need to meet the requirements of Rule 1110.2, although most emergency engines are exempt.

Rule 1110.2 applies to stationary and portable engines that have more than 50 horsepower (HP) and are fired on gaseous or liquid fuels.

While Rule 1110.2 was first adopted in 1990, it was significantly amended…


Envera Consulting: Environmental Compliance Problems
Envera Consulting: Environmental Compliance Problems
Envera Consulting: Environmental Compliance Problems

Do environmental compliance problems happen overnight?

Perhaps, but problems with environmental compliance are more often the result of incremental changes that accumulate over time.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned from working to untangle environmental compliance problems, it’s that these problems tend to grow in size and in complexity the longer they’re ignored.

Sometimes a problem can be as simple as submitting a report one day late and in others, it can be a series of many small problems that accumulate over time. …


Envera Consulting: Fenceline Monitoring
Envera Consulting: Fenceline Monitoring
Envera Consulting: Fenceline Monitoring

Ambient air monitoring at the fenceline of petroleum refineries is a hot topic around the water cooler these days.

Why?

From 1995 to 2002, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established a number of rules for controlling emissions from petroleum refineries (79 FR 26880) in order to “address the risk remaining after application of [these] standards.”

Over the past year, the EPA has been proposing more changes to the rules.

One of the numerous rule amendments is that refineries will be required to continually monitor the concentration of pollutants at their facility perimeter, also known as the fenceline.

Why Fenceline Monitoring?

The EPA reasons…


Envera Consulting: Cogeneration Engines and SCAQMD Rules and Regulations
Envera Consulting: Cogeneration Engines and SCAQMD Rules and Regulations
Envera Consulting: Cogeneration Engines and SCAQMD Rules and Regulations

Cogeneration engines are great at efficiently generating heat and power.

But there is a dark side that most sales people don’t talk much about — the complexities of meeting compliance with South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) rules and regulations while operating a cogeneration engine.

Non-compliance with the SCAQMD’s rules can lead to violations, fines, inspections, or even criminal prosecution, so it’s important to understand the types of regulations that you may be subject to if your facility decides to purchase and commission a cogeneration engine.

Should You Consider a Cogeneration System?

Before going into the regulations that relate to a cogeneration engine, let’s first…


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Interested accelerating the processing of your air permit application?

Think about hiring a South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Certified Permitting Professional (CPP).

Or even better yet, become a CPP yourself.

A CPP is a professional that has passed the CPP test and is, therefore, familiar with preparing SCAQMD permits and the permitting process.

Preparing a complete SCAQMD permit application can be a challenge.

The CPP Program Eases This Challenge

The goal of the CPP program is to create a group of private consultants/individuals that are familiar with the permitting process and the preparation of SCAQMD air permit applications.

In a nutshell, the SCAQMD’s CPP…

Grant Aguinaldo

Solving current-day problems using current-day tools. www.grantaguinaldo.com

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