BTEX Removal

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VOC Control

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Austin, Texas

BTEX Removal

BTEX Removal?

BTEX removal, as utilized in the natural gas treating and natural gas industry, is the process of removing benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene from the natural gas stream and upgrading the natural gas to "pipeline quality gas."

What is BTEX?

BTEX, as defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is the term used for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene which, as a group, are also referred to as "
volatile organic compounds," and normally found in petroleum products, including gasoline and diesel fuel.

What is
VOC Control?

VOC control is the process of controling and removing VOCs (volatile organic compounds) from various industries, such as the oil and gas industry. Several VOC removal (or VOC "control") technologies include;

Volatile organic compounds or VOC's react with nitrogen oxides (NOx) to form ozone or o3 which is an air pollutant that causes smog, haze and breathing & respiratory problems for many people, particularly infants and the elderly.  These conditions worsen as the temperature increases and why many urban areas and large cities are shrouded by smog on hot, summer days.  Ozone is measured in large cities and "ozone warnings" may be issued warning those with respiratory problems to remain indoors on these ozone warning days. 

Combustion of fossil fuels are the starting point where nitrogen oxides and therefore, smog or air pollution may be generated. 

NOx emission sources include;

The EPA and states regulate VOC emissions by "VOC regulations" including "RACT" which stands for Reasonably Available Control Technology. 

The EPA defines RACT as "the lowest level of emissions that can be achieved taking into account technical and economic considerations."  

EPA's guidance on RACT is found in their "Control Technique Guidelines."  Part of the EPA's responsibility is to review and comment on proposed State regulations on VOC emissions during the state's public hearing process to ensure that the state's new rules/regulations meet RACT's stringent guidelines in order to meet the state's emissions reductions.  Once a particular state has adopted new VOC emissions regulations, the EPA approves the rule into the state's "State Implementation Plan" or SIP. At this point, the state's new VOC rule becomes enforceable by the EPA.


What Are Hazardous Air Pollutants?

Hazardous Air Pollutants or "HAPs" are generally defined as those pollutants that are known or suspected to cause serious health problems. Section 112(b) of the Clean Air Act currently identifies a list of 188 pollutants as HAPs. EPA's ATW Web site presents more information on HAPs, their effects, and EPA's programs to reduce HAPs.

What are
Volatile Organic Compounds?

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors.

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