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RE: Innovative Strategies for Electric Utilities



Very interesting discussion

I am writing form Europe. Here, we have a an internal law called IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control); the idea was to have  something like PPAct but  being a bit more flexible. We are trying to combine  making a trade off between Prevention and Control of the Pollution

I think we, process, design or environmental engineers,  should be able to think about a trade off between  PP or Pollution Control following a case by case procedure.  Does Pollution Prevention pay? The answer should be yes, but applying  concepts like best available technologies not entailing  excessive costs.
I remember a paper form Bob Pojasek titled: "For PP be descriptive not prescriptive" so let us  select scrubbers when necessary  or let us select any source reduction measure when available at economic good conditions

I agree that we should avoid to transfer pollutants from  air to land (for example) but this is not always technical  or economical feasible. 
I am studying  petroleum refineries cases and believe me that  it is harder to  decide when  to apply Pollution prevention or pollution control measures that go to your PP recipe book and select one of them

Jose-Luis Martinez



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De: 	Snyder, Mark [mailto:mark.snyder@moea.state.mn.us] 
Enviado el:	viernes 19 de julio de 2002 20:53
Para:	nppr@great-lakes.net; p2tech@great-lakes.net; scott.butner@pnl.gov; 'Mark Johnson'
Asunto:	RE: Innovative Strategies for Electric Utilities


This certainly sounds like a good step forward for cleaner air in Texas, but after reading the press release, I'm left with some questions.  Is this project to install scrubbers an example of pollution prevention or is it an example of more stringent pollution control?  Given that scrubbers have been around for a number of years and have been required for a number of facilities in different areas, what exactly makes this permit innovative?  Or is there something I'm missing from the press release?

Mark Snyder
Pollution Prevention Specialist
Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance
mark.snyder@moea.state.mn.us

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> From: 	Mark Johnson[SMTP:Mark.Johnson@lcra.org]
> Sent: 	Friday, July 19, 2002 12:02 PM
> To: 	nppr@great-lakes.net; p2tech@great-lakes.net; scott.butner@pnl.gov
> Subject: 	Innovative Strategies for Electric Utilities
> 
> A shameless plug for my organization Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and the Texas Natural resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) and EPA Region 6!   
>  
> We recently submitted an application for a Flexible Air Permit to the TNRCC for our 1,500 MW coal fired power plant in La Grange Texas.   The innovative air permit will allow our facility to implement many P2 projects that would have not been possible without the Flex Permit (most of these P2 projects would have triggered NSR).   The Flex permit will be put in motion over the next 10 years.  
>  
> This innovative permit strategy can be followed by most other utilities if the states are able to provide the flexibility.  It can provide some near term benefits and long term reductions without waiting for CAA reforms or implemntation of the Bush Clear Skies initiative.
>  
> For more details please visit this link 
> http://www.lcra.org/about/news/2002/07/plan.html
>  
>  
> Mark L Johnson, REM.
> Senior Environmental Coordinator
> Lower Colorado River Authority
> Email: mark.johnson@lcra.org
> Phone (512) 473- 3200 ext 2868
> Fax: (512) 473-3579
> Fax (512) 473-3579
> 
> 

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