|Updated: 11/08/2013 9:42 pm
||Published: 11/08/2013 1:38 pm
There are coal and natural gas smoke stacks spread all across the country but a company doing air emissions testing is located right in the heart of Green Country in Broken Arrow.
Housed inside of large white building on 1600 West Tacoma in Broken Arrow are laboratories, test equipment, and mock smoke stacks for Air Hygiene.
Air Hygiene is a homegrown company that now provides air emissions testing services across the globe.
“Everything that we are doing is ultimately driving improvements in air quality,” said Air Hygiene President, Quinn Bierman.
Quinn and his brother, Swanson, started the company 17 years ago. Back then, the original office was a
400 square foot bedroom and garage.
The company has grown but the Bierman’s told FOX23 that their mantra has remained the same through years.
“We always say around here, that you can’t improve something until you start to measure it,” said co-owner and Vice President, Swanson Bierman.
The Bierman brothers gave FOX23 an inside look of their Broken Arrow facilities and explained the training and testing services.
The goal of Air Hygiene is to provide testing and data for energy and power providers to let them know if the emissions in the air are meeting air quality permits as well as EPA and state standards.
The brothers have devised their own training and curriculum within the building. A laboratory and a 20-foot mock smoke stack inside of the building are utilized as part of the curriculum for test technicians.
Swanson said that the test technicians participate in extensive training because the job can be very physically intense.
“Whether the weather is hot, cold, rain or snow they are out there on the stack and setting up equipment,” said Swanson.
The equipment that is set up on the smoke stack is transmitted to instruments that analyze data. Air Hygiene uses mobile units as a portable laboratory that allows them to get the data on site.
“We are dealing with a lot of different power plants that run on natural gas, to coal, to diesel fuel,” said Quinn, “We can tune those units and from the exhaust emissions not only can you control fuel cost and consumption you can vary what’s coming out of the end of the sources and processes.”
Swanson told FOX23 that the information that is collected in the field can then be taken back to the lab in Broken Arrow to be tested. Chemists can test for chlorides, mercury and acids. They then let the companies know if they are in compliance with the guidelines.