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New rules lead to rise in particulate projects

29 March 2005 – The Clean Air Interstate Rule and the mercury reduction rule recently introduced in the US have added hundreds of new scrubber and baghouse projects to a list that is already at an all time high, according to an online database published by McIlvaine Company.

The Utility Environmental Upgrade Tracking System has highlighted 50 projects that are in final construction and startup, and more than 100 projects which are finalizing equipment selection. The US and China combined have 60 per cent of these projects.

Globally, over $1bn worth of scrubber and baghouse orders have been placed in just the last two weeks. Estimates for US power companies from the Environmental Protection Agency have pegged the cost of the two new rules at $50bn.