|Abstract Title:||An Overview of Global Initiatives for Mercury Emissions Control and Monitoring|
|Presenter Name:||Mr Karl Wilber|
|Company/Organisation:||Tekran Instruments Corporation|
|Session Choice:||Continuous Emission Monitoring|
Abstract Information :
A recognized Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAP) and neurotoxin, mercury emissions from industrial processes continue to gain attention around the globe. With momentum from the Minamata Convention and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), supporting nations, and insights and experience from strengthened regulations on mercury in the United States and Canada, key initiatives are underway in the European Union, China, Korea, etc. This paper details specific experience and ongoing challenges in the United States and Canada, relative to optimization of mercury control as well as compliance monitoring and reporting. Case studies of work performed at coal-fired power plants and cement process plants are highlighted. Additionally included are example research initiatives on mercury control in both laboratory and field applications.
Current and contemplated regulations are summarized, along with timelines and impacts associated with meeting regulatory limits for mercury emissions. The recently drafted BREF regulations planned for the European Union are summarized with respect to mercury, Further, comparisons of control and monitoring approaches are made against counterpart approaches, which are inherent in complying with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Electric Generating Unit Mercury and Air Toxic Standards (EGU MATS) and Portland Cement Maximum Achievable Control Technology (PC MACT) regulations. Differences in CEM Systems certifications, calibrations and traceability are discussed. Finally, beyond some of the "success stories", a summary of outstanding "headwinds" for global compliance will be provided.