Submitted to: Journal of Cotton Science
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/24/2014
Publication Date: 9/5/2014
Publication URL: http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/60261
Citation: Whitelock, D.P., Buser, M.D., Boykin Jr, J.C., Holt, G.A. 2014. Mote cleaner system PM10 emission factors and rates for cotton gins: Method 201A PM10 sizing cyclones. Journal of Cotton Science. 18:309-318.
Interpretive Summary: The cotton ginning industry across the Cotton Belt has agreed that there is an urgent need to collect additional cotton gin particulate emissions data to address current regulatory issues. Their main concern is that EPA emission factors are generally assigned a rating that is used to assess the quality of the data being referenced and that current EPA quality ratings for emission factors are extremely low for particulate matter from cotton gins that is smaller than 10 micrometers in diameter (PM10). Cotton gin factors received these low ratings because the data was collected almost exclusively from a single geographical region. In response, seven cotton gins at locations across the Cotton Belt were sampled by the three USDA-ARS Cotton Ginning Laboratories and Oklahoma State University to collect additional information about the amount of dust emitted while processing cotton. Two of the seven gins had mote cleaner systems. It was found that the mote cleaner systems at the gins sampled emitted on average 0.109 pounds of PM10 for every 500-pound bale of cotton produced, which was about 55% of the total dust emitted from the system. This information could improve the quality of the cotton gin emission factors and will ensure that cotton gins are appropriately permitted and accounted for in state and federal regulations.
Technical Abstract: This manuscript is part of a series of manuscripts that characterize cotton gin emissions from the standpoint of stack sampling. The impetus behind this project was the urgent need to collect additional cotton gin emissions data to address current regulatory issues. A key component of this study was focused on EPA PM10 emission factors. EPA AP-42 emission factors are generally assigned a rating that is used to assess the quality of the data being referenced. The ratings can range from A (Excellent) to E (Poor). EPA current PM10 emission factor quality ratings for cotton gins are extremely low. Cotton gin data received these low ratings because it was collected almost exclusively from a single geographical region. The objective for this study was to collect additional PM10 emission factor data, based on Method 201A, the EPA-approved stack sampling methodology, for mote cleaner systems from cotton gins located in regions across the Cotton Belt. The project plan included sampling seven cotton gins across the Cotton Belt. Key factors for selecting specific cotton gins included: 1) facility location (geographically diverse), 2) industry representative production capacity, 3) typical processing systems, and 4) equipped with properly designed and maintained 1D3D cyclones. Two of the seven gins had mote cleaner systems. The exhaust from one of the mote cleaner systems was combined with the module feeder dust system. In terms of capacity, the two gins were typical of the industry, averaging 36.0 and 46.2 bales/hr during testing for the stand-alone mote cleaner system and mote cleaner and module feeder dust system, respectively. The average measured PM10 and total particulate emission factors for the stand alone mote cleaner system were 0.050 kg/bale (0.109 lb/bale) and 0.090 kg/bale (0.199 lb/bale). The ratio of PM10 to total particulate was 54.9%. The PM10 emission rate averaged 1.79 kg/hr (3.95 lb/hr) for the stand-alone mote cleaner system. The average measured PM10 and total particulate emission factors for the mote cleaner system combined with the module feeder dust system were 0.071 kg/bale (0.157 lb/bale) and 0.109 kg/bale (0.241 lb/bale). The ratio of PM10 to total particulate was 65.1%. The PM10 emission rate averaged 3.27 kg/hr (7.21 lb/hr) for the combined mote cleaner and module feeder dust system.