Pollution Control Budget Planning
As everyone who has ever worked in corporate knows, there is a tricky dance that must be perfected this time of year… The Budget Dance. We have the budget tips to help you optimize your remaining 2017 budget and plan for 2018.
If you still have funding in your 2017 budget and you have to use it…or lose it…
- Lock in the current 2017 Preventative Maintenance Evaluation (PME) rate for next years’ PME before the end of year rate increase. GCES has opportunities available to preorder your annual 2018 PME at the current rate. Our 200-point PME inspections help to keep your up and running, compliant, and operating efficiently.
- Purchase and stock spare parts. There are certain parts that experience natural wear and require regular maintenance and change outs. Examples include:
- Miscellaneous hardware and fittings
- Sensors, indicators and gauges
- Valves and actuators
- Ceramic media
Check your IOM or call our service team for recommended spare parts for your specific equipment.
- Complete your 2017 PME.. A regular preventative maintenance schedule will:
- Minimizes the chances of an unexpected system shut-down
- Optimize operating costs
- Reduces the chance of regulatory compliance issues
- Improves the life and uptime of the system and components
If your 2017 budget is nearly empty…
Don’t worry! We can help you to improve the life of your pollution control equipment with these 10 simple steps.
- Train your maintenance/operating crew
- Check lubricants frequently and top-off as needed
- Test alarms
- Test devices and check calibration as required to ensure they are providing accurate readings
- Stock recommended spare parts
- Evaluate your environmental exposure
- Perform periodic visual inspections
- Inspect the ceramic media for plugging or damage
- Maintain a clean working environment
- Keep adequate records
For complete details on implementing these tips read our article “Top 10 Tips for Improving the Life of Pollution Control Equipment”.
If you are building your 2018 budget plan and requests…
To prioritize your equipment purchase needs you should evaluate the following items:
- Notices: Has your facility received a notice from the EPA, state, county or town regarding your pollution output? Consider the consequences and the long and short term effects of being non-compliant.
- PR: Press has an impact on both public opinion and government attention. If your issue has either already received press or it is likely to in the future weight the impact of that attention.
- Production output changes: Is your operation going to be tasked with an increase in production or a change in process? There are many options for addressing production growth. You can often avoid a major equipment purchase with media upgrades, change-outs and retrofits. As you develop your budget inquire about these options.
- Equipment wear and age: Review the remaining life of your equipment and prioritize those items that are either most likely to cause a major shutdown or that will require repairs that exceed their depreciated value to maintain operational.
- Plant expansion: If your facility is facing an expansion there are likely to be changes in your allowance. Ensure that your pollution control needs don’t delay the start-up of your expansion and budget for those expected changes in allowance.
As you finalize your budgets and plans feel free to contact our helpful sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org if we can support you in any way. Trying to budget for major expenditures is always a challenge and we are here to help ensure you remain compliant and in good standing. We either have the answers and experience or can provide you support through our network of pollution control professionals.