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Advanced Emissions Control Development Program
McDermott Technology, Inc. (MTI) is conducting a five-year project aimed at the development of
practical, cost-effective strategies for reducing the emissions of hazardous air pollutants (commonly
called air toxics) from coal-fired electric utility plants. The need for air toxic emissions controls may
arise as the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency proceeds with implementation of Title III of the
Clean Air Act Amendment (CAAA) of 1990. Data generated during the program will provide utilities
with the technical and economic information necessary to reliably evaluate various air toxics emissions
compliance options such as fuel switching, coal cleaning, and flue gas treatment. The development
work is being carried out using the Clean Environment Development Facility (CEDF) wherein air toxics
emissions control strategies can be developed under controlled conditions, and with proven
predictability to commercial systems. Tests conducted in the CEDF provide high quality, repeatable,
comparable data over a wide range of coal properties, operating conditions, and emissions control
systems. Development work to date has concentrated on the capture of mercury, other trace metals,
fine particulate, and hydrogen chloride and hydrogen fluoride.
The Advanced Emissions Control Development Program is jointly funded by the United States Department of
Energy's Federal Energy Technology Center (DOE), the Ohio Coal Development Office within the Ohio
Department of Development (OCDO), and the Babcock & Wilcox Company - a McDermott Company (B&W).
Promulgation of air toxics emissions regulations for electric utility plants could dramatically impact utilities
burning coal, their industrial and residential customers, and the coal industry. Work during the project will
supply the information needed by utilities to respond to potential air toxics regulations in a timely, cost-
effective, environmentally-sound manner which supports the continued use of the Nation's abundant reserves
of coal, such as those in the State of Ohio.
The Clean Air Act Amendment of 1990
Title III of the CAAA's established a list of 189 hazardous air pollutants and charged the EPA with the
responsibility for regulating emissions of these substances into the atmosphere as required to protect
public health and the environment. The first phase of compliance is to be based on available technology,
and will require many industrial plants to install the "maximum achievable control technology" (MACT).
Electric utility plants are exempt from this requirement, however, pending the outcome of several risk
assessment and emissions characterization studies. The EPA is scheduled to propose its plan for
regulating electric utilities under Title III in the near future.
The EPA has been working with the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Electric Power Research
Institute (EPRI), and the Utility Air Regulatory Group (UARG) to characterize air toxics emissions from
existing power plants. Both DOE and EPRI have conducted major field testing programs toward this end.
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Holmes, M. J. Advanced Emissions Control Development Program, report, December 3, 1998; Morgantown, West Virginia. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc668601/m1/3/: accessed June 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.