Why An SCRS Is Critical For Your Water Tube Boiler

Large industrial operations and power plants use water tube boilers to produce steam used in their production processes. The steam that is made in these boilers can play a role in the emissions that comes from the plant, and when not properly managed, the discharges can become a huge problem, but there is a solution.

Reducing Emissions

If you are running a large water tube boiler without a selective catalytic reduction system, or SCRS, you may run into a problem with high levels of nitrogen oxide emissions in the facility or the air around it. Nitrogen oxide is harmful in large amounts, so it is essential to keep it out of the air, and the SCRS will do that if it is installed properly on your water tube boiler system.

The boiler tech who works on your system can explain the need for an SCRS for water tube boilers and help you determine what your system needs to keep the emissions coming from your plant or facility in check. If you choose not to run an SCRS system, you could be opening yourself up to lawsuits, and your employees' long-term exposure can be a very real health issue.

Employee Health Concerns

Operating without an SCRS for water tube boilers in your facility can leave your employees exposed to NOx (nitrogen oxide) daily. The long-term effect of exposure to NOx has been linked to respiratory issues. For many people that have minor respiratory problems, exposure over time has been shown to increase or amplify the symptoms that they are having. 

For a person with asthma that does not act up often, repeated exposure to NOx and NO2 can worsen their symptoms and frequency of attacks or need for medical assistance. Often, people see an increase in wheezing, coughing, and struggle to catch their breath as a result of the exposure over time. Since your facility workers are there daily, the exposure is most significant for them.

External Emissions and Exposures

A plant running without an SCRS for their water tube boilers may be putting a large amount of NOx into the air daily, and the smog it can create around the local area can become a problem. People living in the area around the facility can be exposed to the plant's emissions and can also start to see health problems as a result. 

Nitrates that end up in the air from uncontrolled emissions create haze, contribute to acid rain, and lower the nutrients in waterways and sensitive ecosystems that may not recover. If your facility is determined to be a factor in the emissions that are causing any of these problems, the fines and implications that come with it could be devastating to a company.