A reminder that we will be closed tomorrow and Friday as we celebrate Thanksgiving with our loved ones.
A very Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a standard for carbon pollution from new power plants, as required by the Supreme Court’s 2007 ruling regarding the Clean Air Act.
This is the first Clean Air Act standard to address power plant carbon emissions. The carbon pollution standard, now open to public comment, reflects the existing move in to building plants that use clean-burning and take advantage of more efficient technologies. It also allows for the use of new technologies that will emit less carbon pollution but still burn coal. It is important to note that this standard applies only to new generating units, not those already operating, being built or that will begin construction within the next year.
Speaking about the proposal, EPA Administrator said, “Right now there are no limits to the amount of carbon pollution that future power plants will be able to put into our skies – and the health and economic threats of a changing climate continue to grow. We’re putting in place a standard that relies on the use of clean, American made technology to tackle a challenge that we can’t leave to our kids and grandkids.”
The proposed standard gives a good deal of flexibility, and it can be met by facilities using a variety of methods, including natural gas technologies and coal with implementation of emissions reducing technologies. Since existing plants and those being built within the year are not subject to this standard, EPA did not project any additional cost to comply with this standard.
A number of statements from legislators, environmental and health groups and business people have been released regarding this proposal. Just a few of these are below. To read more, please visit the EPA.
Ranking Member of the US House of Representative’s Committee on Energy and Commerce, Henry A. Waxman, released the following, “The proposal is a breakthrough. It sets achievable limits on dangerous carbon pollution, spurs investments in new clean energy technologies, and provides certainty for industry. And it shows the President is listening to scientists, not extremists who deny the existence of climate change. Today’s action will reduce pollution, make families healthier, promote innovation, and help us compete with China and other countries that are investing in clean energy.”
The Sierra Club urged its member’s to send messages to EPA Administrator Jackson to urge implementation of these protections, stating “For the first time ever, the Obama Administration and the EPA are proposing national limits on carbon pollution. Carbon pollution is linked not only to climate disruption, but also to significant health hazards like the smog that triggers asthma attacks. Right now, 158 million Americans live in counties with unacceptable air pollution levels. By supporting the EPA's effort for clean air, we can make sure they go the distance and put new protections in place.”
Ralph Izzo, Chairman and CEO of Public Service Electric and Gas (PSEG), released a statement, “While we would have preferred that Congress enact legislation limiting greenhouse gas emissions, the EPA took an important step today in addressing the significant environmental threat posed by climate change.
The Agency’s action establishes a logical and modest standard for new electric power plants and provides the industry with much needed regulatory certainty. The EPA provides a framework for the industry to confront this problem in a cost effective manner.
We understand that the EPA continues to evaluate regulatory options for already existing plants that may be affected by the Clean Air Act and we look forward to working with the Agency to evaluate the best approaches for achieving meaningful greenhouse gas reductions in as flexible and economic manner as possible.”
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A big thank you to everyone who stopped by and visiting our team, Terry, Cathy, Patty and Rachel, at Pittcon. It was great to see so many new faces and to catch up with old friends. We are pleased to announce the winner of our much sought after golf club is Rob of ICS Laboratories Inc.! Rob is very excited and promised a picture of his first tee shot. Congratulations!!
We are very proud of our high quality computerized gas flow instruments and appreciate you taking time to learn more considering investing your business with us. For those interested, you can learn more about what makes our products the best choice by taking a look at our Gas Flow Management Products or reading through our Technical Documents.
At Environics, we are dedicated to customer service before, during and after your system is built. We stand by our systems and believe in building long-term relationships with our customers.
Our next conference is Aerospace Medical Assoc. Annual Scientific Meeting, May 13-17 in Atlanta.
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Today, EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson testified before the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the U.S. Senate regarding President Obama's proposed EPA budget for the fiscal year 2013. You can read more about the EPA budget proposal in my earlier post. The full transcript of Jackson's testimony can be read here.
From all of us at Environics, we wish you a Happy Holiday and a Very Happy New Year!
It's hard to believe that we are quickly nearing the end of 2011! It has been an exciting year at Environics. We are now fully owned by Cathy and Terry Dunn, and we are a certified Woman Owned Small Business. Environics was granted a GSA contract, which simplies the purchase of the ROBD2 for government purchasers. Our website was overhauled and we introduced the ability to request quotes and ask service related questions directly through the site.
In terms of our product line, several new options have been made available to our customers, including the first release of the Environics Mobility Suite, the option of a third flow controller in the Series 9100 and a visual moisture detector in the front panel of the Zero Air Generator.
As part of our continuous improvement process, we would appreciate it if you could spare a few moments and share your feedback with us. It is our goal to evaluate how we are exceeding your expectations as well as where we could improve our service to you. The link to our BRIEF survey is below.
As we wrap up 2011, we are already hard at work on new and powerful systems that are on the horizon. A new version of the ROBD2, new software capabilities for the Series 4000 and Series 6000 and additional functionality for the Environics Mobility Suite are but a few of the exciting advances we plan to begin rolling out in 2012. To make sure to stay up to date on Environics news, subscribe to the blog (on the right).
We are grateful for your business, and we look forward to continuing to work with you in the future!
The response to our Mobile Technology survey was overwhelming! Due to popular demand, we’ve developed the Environics Mobility Suite.
The initial release of the free App is for use on any Android device and allows complete control of the Environics Series 6100 when it is in remote mode.
In brief, this initial version offers a simple menu driven system that allows full control of all the existing commands in:
• Concentration Mode
• Flow Mode
• Ozone Commands
The Mobility Suite App further allows advanced users to directly input commands and to create and run programs. Future versions will allow full control of the Series 6100 regardless of the set mode. In addition, future plans include the ability to run other Environics systems, including the Series 6103, on the Android Mobility Suite. An iPhone based application is also in development.
If you own an Android device, we hope that you will give the Environics Mobile Suite a whirl.
We welcome feedback, so please rate and review the app!
For iPhone users, we haven’t forgotten about you! An iPhone version of the Mobile Suite is in the works as well! If you want to be the first to know when it is available, click here.)
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