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Engineering Analysis and Economic Impacts of Air Pollution Abatement Strategies for Cotton Gins

Anantha R. Ramaiyer, Calvin B. Parnell, Jr., Roy Childers, Stephen Fuller, Melanie Gillis


The implementation of the Federal Clean Air Act (FCAA) amendments have imposed more stringent air pollution controls from sources of air pollution. Cotton gins emit particulate as a result of their ginning process. All gins in Texas must install Baseline Best Available Control Technology (BBACT) to control emissions. Gins that are located in densely populated areas may be in violation of the nuisance hazard and may be required to install additional controls. In Texas, the permit engineers can define the additional controls that must be used to comply. These additional controls must be BACT which requires that the regulator consider "economic reasonableness". One method for defining economic reasonableness is to use cost per ton of reduced emissions (CPTRE). This paper defines four additional abatement strategies. The emission factors, the total mass of particulates released annually were estimated for each of these strategies. The cost of investing in each of these strategies and the cost per ton of reduced emissions when upgrading the pollution controls from BBACT to each of the additional abatement strategies were calculated.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1996 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 1619 - 1625
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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