Canadian Manufacturing

New emissions reduction technology meets EPA standards for plywood production

by Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff   

Operations emissions control Environmental Protection Agency

Intended to reduce formaldehyde and methanol emissions from particle board production

Waterloo, Ont.—Clean air solutions provider TurboSonic Technologies, Inc. had its newest emissions reduction installation for the plywood and composite wood industry found to be in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) air pollution control regulations.

TurboSonic’s Catalytic Gas Treatment (CGT) technology—which treats the combined exhaust gases from a particle board press and dryer—is intended to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions, including formaldehyde and methanol.

The installation is the third at wood product producer Arauco-USA’s Moncure, N.C., wood panel plant.

According to TurboSonic, CGT technology was selected for the process over the more traditional thermal oxidation process to control VOC emissions.


The technology eliminates the need for non-renewable natural gas combustion, according to the company, and avoids associated greenhouse gas emissions.

TurboSonic CEO Edward Spink said in a statement his company believes the application will help in introducing CGT technology to the larger oriented strand board (OSB) market.


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