As the importance of environmental practices becomes more and more clear, adhering to all required EPA maintenance standards is becoming incredibly important. Those who run afoul of these requirements are not only putting their own workers at risk, but they are endangering the broader community as well. It's vitally essential to keep up with the always evolving standards as the laws change in line with new scientific discoveries and insights.
Still, this can often be a difficult task, not to mention an expensive one. In both of these regards, the latest technology such as computerized maintenance management tools can help to simplify the job in any number of ways. Those in charge of operations such as municipal maintenance departments need to be sure they're not only on top of all the projects they can possibly handle so as to avoid creating a deferred maintenance backlog, they also need to know what the regulations require of them, too.
A long list of topics
Of course, the environmental concerns are many and varied, and so there are a huge number of requirements. Recently, for instance, the EPA released guidelines seeking to limit the release of methane, according to the Oil and Gas Journal, and it touched on many maintenance topics.
Some of which were recommendations, no less. In terms of compressors, the EPA suggested dry-seal centrifugal compressors not only due to lower emissions, but also less required maintenance as well. It's an interesting thing to take into consideration for those in the profession – as pressures mount to lower emissions, options that require less maintenance can simultaneously make life easier, too.
That was not it, though – there were new suggestions, too. The EPA made a variety of different recommendations on the subject of avoiding leaks, noting the huge efficiency losses that can affect people in all aspects of facility maintenance management. In areas such as gas production, leaks lead to more than 330,000 tons of methane being emitted into the atmosphere. Most maintenance managers, of course, are not dealing in the area of production – but the numbers give a good idea of just how vital it can be to avoid leaks.
Helping in the fight
Of course, proper EPA maintenance and preventative work can be a vital tool in the battle against environmental problems, as one recent story showed.
The EPA recently released its report on the state of greenhouse gas emissions, and the news was positive, according to the Brattleboro Reformer. Emissions were down in excess of 3 percent compared to 201-2011 levels. This was the 19th annual report by the EPA on the subject.
And it can get better from here if more businesses and operations work hard to improve their maintenance work, according to Stephen Wark, the director of communications for the agency.
"At a time when natural gas production and use is high, we continue to see carbon and methane emissions drop and trend downward," said Wark. "At Vermont Gas, we continue to work to reduce consumption and emissions through energy efficiency, modern system design, preventative maintenance and robust inspection programs."
Of course, preventative maintenance is often easier said that done, but it can usually be helped by the latest technological tools. Asset maintenance management software can be a great help in trying to take on the many projects that mount up during the constant maintenance battle for any manager. Environmental concerns are only becoming more and more pressing for most operations, so make sure you have every tool in the battle to increase efficiency and stay as green as possible.
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