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Future California Earthquakes … trust OSHPD … and RYPOS

Posted by Rypos on Sep 8, 2019 4:00:00 PM

California's Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) was created to improve access to quality healthcare for Californians. OSHPD has made health care building preparedness a priority in the event of future, strong earthquakes.

OSHPD provides a framework   including:

  • Training and Resources
  • Codes and Regulations
  • Seismic Compliance and Safety
  • Hostpital Inspection Services, and
  • Hospital Building Safety Board

Among the concerns beyond building collapse is the emergency back-up power that MUST remain fully operational until restoration of the electrical grid.

Imagine if an earthquake hits a dense urban environment and the power infrastructure supporting trauma centers, hospitals and nursing homes collapses. Emergency power generators are the only option to allow facilities to remain operational to meet the needs of the patients (both in house and in coming) and staff.

Those generators and the supporting components must perform quickly and dependably and should meet the standards set by OSHPD. The Rypos diesel particulate filter is OSP seismic certified and will provide clean, reliable and seismic tolerant emission control for emergency power systems.

Are you confident that the emergency power at your facility is OSPD and Rypos-ready if and when the next earth quake hits California?

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Tags: Data Center, OSHPD, Earthquake

Data Center Market Powers Up to Meet Cloud Demand

Posted by Rypos on Aug 30, 2019 1:30:00 PM
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Tags: Mission Critical Power, Emergency Generator, Power Generation, Data Center

Here's How Portland Can Reduce Diesel Pollution: Report

Posted by Rypos on Aug 21, 2019 10:31:47 PM

The Green Energy Institute released A new report titled Deconstructing Diesel: A Law & Policy Roadmap for Reducing Diesel Emissions in the Portland Metropolitan Area which offers a road map for reducing diesel pollution in the Portland metro area.

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Tags: Oregon, Pollution, Legislation

Pollution: the Race to Clean up the Shipping Industry

Posted by Rypos on Aug 1, 2019 3:30:00 PM

The Financial Times reporters  and  provide an informative article on pollution resulting from ocean shipping and the changes underway with industry leaders to address the growing issue.

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Tags: Marine, Pollution, Ports, Shipping

International Standards to Reduce Emissions from Marine Diesel Engines and Their Fuels

Posted by Rypos on Aug 1, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) participates on the U.S. delegation to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which is part of the United Nations. The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) is a group of member states within IMO that works on maritime safety and security and the prevention of marine pollution. The resulting global standards are embodied in the International Convention on the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, a treaty called "MARPOL." In particular, MARPOL Annex VI defines engine and vessel requirements related to air pollution.

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Tags: Regulation, Marine, Diesel, EPA

Senate Panel Advances Diesel Emissions Legislation

Posted by Rypos on Jul 31, 2019 3:00:00 PM

Legislation that aims to facilitate emissions reduction from diesel engines was easily approved April 10 by the committee that oversees surface transportation policy in the U.S. Senate.

Sponsored by Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) of 2019 would reauthorize the program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through 2024 to assist firms with rebuilding or retrofitting diesel engines. The objective is for those updated engines to be able to comply with pollution standards.

The Environment and Public Works panel advanced the measure to the floor of the Senate by voice vote. Carper, the panel’s ranking Democrat, had initially authored the bill more than a decade ago with former Ohio Sen. George Voinovich (R).

“Year after year, DERA has cost-effectively reduced air pollution and fueled American job creation,” Carper said in a statement soon after the vote. “Boasting $13 of health and economic benefits for every $1 of federal investment, it’s no wonder that DERA enjoys such broad, bipartisan support.”

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Tags: Regulation, Emissions, Legislation

New Stanford Hospital First to Install OSP Seismic Rated Diesel Particulate Filters

Posted by Peter Bransfield on Jul 26, 2019 11:15:00 AM

RYPOS, Inc., developer and manufacturer of advanced, exhaust filtration systems that reduce harmful emissions from diesel engines, and Stanford Medicine, a leader in pioneering research, creative teaching protocols and effective clinical therapies, are pleased to announce the first installation and approval of an OSP special seismic certification pre-approved diesel particulate filter for the new emergency power station at New Stanford Hospital medical center.

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Tags: Power Generation, Regulation, Diesel Particulate, OSP

Reliability Considerations when Selecting DPF for your Power Generation

Posted by Greg Korst on Jul 21, 2019 5:14:00 PM

 

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Tags: Diesel Particulate Filter, Technology, Reliability, Emergency Generator, Power Generation

CARB Fines Anheuser-Busch $500,000 for Pollution Violations

Posted by Rypos on Jul 17, 2019 8:00:00 PM

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Wrapping up an investigation begun four years ago, the California Air Resources Board announced July 1 it fined brewing company Anheuser-Busch $500,000 for medium- and heavy-duty trucks that violated the state’s air pollution laws.

CARB launched its investigation in March 2015 and discovered that the St. Louis-based brewing company had failed to properly self-inspect 19 diesel trucks, as required by the state’s Periodic Smoke Inspection Program, to ensure they met state smoke emission standards.

In addition, CARB staff discovered that Anheuser-Busch was not in compliance with the state’s Truck and Bus Regulation because they failed to meet required compliance deadlines. A total of 86 trucks were noncompliant with the applicable in-use performance standards, according to the Sacramento, Calif.-based agency.

A CARB spokeswoman told Transport Topics the investigation of the Class 6 through 8 trucks was begun following an anonymous tip. The company’s fleet headquarters is in San Diego.

Anheuser-Busch did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“California has some of the country’s poorest air quality and because of this, our laws are tough to protect public health. All businesses must do their part to ensure their fleets are fully compliant with California’s anti-pollution regulations that are designed to clean our air and protect our children,” CARB Enforcement Division Chief Todd Sax said in a release.
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Tags: California, CARB, Air Quality, Pollution

California Vessel Emissions Rules Could Get Even Tougher

Posted by Rypos on Jul 3, 2019 9:00:00 AM

In a recent article in the industry journal, Workboat, Kirk Moore reports on a recent announcement by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on the beginning of the process of modifying the state’s existing Commercial Harbor Craft Rule.

"Now in its implementation phase, the rule makes California the only state in the U.S. that requires most vessels with older engines — pre-dating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency diesel emissions standards, or just meeting Tier 1 standards — to be repowered with newer Tier 2 or Tier 3 engines before the end of their economic lives."

According to CARB's notice of rulemaking intent, the CARB staff contends commercial vessel operations in state waters “will continue to contribute a significant amount of diesel particulate matter risk after full implementation of the current regulation in 2023,”

This notice starts a fact-finding process which includes seeking input from the maritime industry and other stakeholders. CARB is proposing to complete that and have a rule proposal ready to present to board members in 2020. These efforts would bring more stringent requirements for tugboats and other freight-related vessels, and for passenger vessels including ferries and excursion boats. The CARB staff will also look at the feasibility of retrofitting existing vessels with Tier 4 propulsion, advanced emission control devices, hybrid power and alternative fuels.

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Tags: Regulation, Emissions, Marine