CEP: February 2014 The Boiler MACT regulation requires owners of industrial, commercial, and institutional boilers to apply maximum achievable control technology (MACT) to limit emissions of hazardous air pollutants, specifically carbon monoxide, hydrogen chloride, mercury, and either particulate matter or total selected metals. The rule provides compliance options that include pollution-abatement equipment, work practices, and energy efficiency improvements. An energy management and reporting system (EMRS) can be part of a plant's compliance strategy. This month's cover feature outlines an approach to EMRS implementation for work practices, advanced controls, and automated reporting systems that sources can use to comply with the regulation. Other topics in this issue include: take the FUN out of process safety; distillation column revamps; and Argentina's chemicals industry. Editorial Engaging in Public Affairs As a student unsure of what chemical engineers actually did in the real world, I wondered whether I would like being a chemical engineer. A double major, I reasoned, would provide a safety net — just in case. Students in the engineering and public policy (EPP) department worked on projects at the intersection of technology and society, like energy, the environment, and risk analysis. Those sounded interesting, so I enrolled in the ChE/EPP double-major program. Electives on topics such as energy policy, organizational behavior, social analysis, and arms control and defense policy, and projects on product liability, diagnostic radiation, and coal mine safety, gave me an appreciation for the interdependence of engineering and the public welfare. Read more Share Take the FUN Out of Process Safety February2014SafetyPeter LodalProcess safety can be approached in many different ways. This article provides an unconventional way of looking at process safety that ties together wide-ranging ideas from seemingly disparate fields. Ten Distillation Revamp Pitfalls to Avoid February2014Back To BasicsDoug BouckProjects aimed at improving distillation column operation may encounter a variety of hurdles. This article looks at ten common problems and provides guidance on how to avoid them. Control Boiler Emissions through Work Practices and Energy Management February2014Environmental ManagementJames RobinsonThe Boiler MACT regulation provides compliance options that include pollution-abatement equipment, work practices, and energy efficiency improvements. An energy management and reporting system (EMRS) can be a part of a plant’s compliance strategy. Argentina's Chemicals Industry: Challenges and Opportunites February2014Global OutlookClaudio Delpino, M. Soledad DiazBoosted by domestic and international companies, Argentina’s chemicals industry continues to grow as demand for its products increases— even in the face of challenges posed by feedstock availability and the need for increased investment. Copyright Permissions: Would you like to reuse content from CEP Magazine? It’s easy to request permission to reuse content. Simply click here to connect instantly to licensing services, where you can choose from a list of options regarding how you would like to reuse the desired content and complete the transaction.