Industrial Pollution Abatement & Ventilation

Emissions Abatement and Control

Stack sampling can be required as part of an Environmental Compliance Approval, or to assess off property impacts related to nuisance or land use issues. Pinchin’s stack sampling team has more than 30 years of experience developing and completing environmental sampling programs for:

  • Odour
  • Volatile and Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds
  • Metals
  • Particulate Matter and Dust

Based on the sample results and dispersion modeling, Pinchin’s emissions reduction team can develop abatement solutions through enhanced dispersion, administrative controls, and back-end pollution control systems. Given potentially high capital and operating costs, pollution control systems are generally a last option. Because Pinchin does not represent individual equipment suppliers, we are able to design a system that meets your operational, compliance, and financial needs.

Once an abatement strategy is developed, Pinchin staff are available to present and discuss the practical considerations for implementation, including costs and timelines, with stakeholders including senior management, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, municipal agencies, developers, and community members.

Industrial Ventilation

Contaminant overexposure issues are commonly associated with fugitive emissions from production lines, material handling and materials storage coupled with inadequate and frequently non-existent ventilation.

For over 30 years our engineers and scientists have been designing solutions for industrial ventilation problems. We specialize in going beyond the pre-fabricated solutions. 

Our assessment and engineering design team has experience in a variety of industries including

  • automotive
  • consumer products
  • flavour and fragrance
  • animal and food processing
  • printing

This experience translates into effective, timely solutions. Beyond the design engineering services, Pinchin offers tender and contract administration as well as construction project management support for larger or more complex ventilation projects.

Odour Sampling, Analysis and Abatement

Odour is one of the most difficult environmental contaminants to address, and odour emissions are increasingly becoming a concern as land use changes and redevelopment bring industry and sensitive receptors such as homes and schools closer and closer. Pinchin’s team has been providing engineered solutions to industrial odour issues for over 20 years. Our services include:

  • Odour sampling from industrial process stacks, fugitive vents, and volume sources like lagoons and compost piles
  • Odour analysis at our Mississauga olfactometry laboratory, using trained odour assessors and a dynamic dilution olfactometer. Analysis can be completed in accordance with ASTM, MOE, or European standards
  • Dispersion modeling using the MOECC-approved AERMOD model
  • Odour abatement strategy development, including
    • evaluation of enhanced dispersion, administrative control, and pollution control technology options,
    • system design, contract tendering, and project management
  • Negotiations with the MOECC, municipality, developers, community members and other stakeholders

Pinchin has worked with clients across Ontario to address concerns of adverse effects caused by land use rezoning before development begins. If Pinchin is engaged early enough in the process, we are able to advocate on behalf of our clients to ensure the burden of mitigation is the responsibility of developers seeking to obtain rezoning and variance, and not the responsibility of industry.

Noise

Noise is becoming an increasingly complex compliance issue as urban development and land use planning brings industry and sensitive receptors closer and closer together. Where industrial areas use to have large buffers, development is encroaching on these companies, potentially bringing business owners and community members into conflict.

Pinchin can identify and manage issues surrounding environmental noise including:

  • Conducting detailed acoustic assessments
  • Developing noise abatement action plans
  • Supporting Environmental Compliance Approval application with the MOECC
  • Performing acoustic audits
  • Managing implementation of abatement strategies and installation of noise control equipment
  • Providing expert witness services for and negotiating with regulators, municipal boards, developers, community members, and other stakeholders

Pinchin has been an active stakeholder in the MOECC’s development of new noise control guidelines, and has worked with clients across Ontario to address concerns of adverse effects caused by land use rezoning before development begins. If Pinchin is engaged early enough in the process, we are able to advocate on behalf of our clients to ensure the burden of mitigation is the responsibility of developers seeking to obtain rezoning and variance, and not the responsibility of industry.