Environmental Consulting for Wood Products

Since 1974, Trinity Consultants has assisted facilities in the highly regulated wood products industry with regulatory compliance and environmental management issues.  Our experience conducting more than 300 projects for lumber and engineered wood products facilities along with our memberships in trade associations such as TAPPI and NCASI give us the expertise to assist your facility with its environmental compliance needs.

Client Testimonials

“You’re awesome! Once again you surpass all expectations and all of us at OPP thank you. This type of support is truly outstanding.” - Robert Griffith, QA-CPM/Technical Manager, Olympic Panel Products  

"Timber Products Company has utilized Trinity’s services for Title V permitting, NSR compliance, and HAPs planning assistance at different facilities across the country. We have found Trinity’s services to be high quality, timely, and valuable to our organization. We intend to maintain the relationship going forward." - Gary Grimes, Environmental Director, Timber Products Company

Environmental Regulatory Round Up: Wood Products

  • In July 2004, EPA published the Plywood & Composite Wood Products MACT. The regulation applies to major sources of HAP that manufacture oriented strand board, medium density fiberboard, veneer, particleboard, hardboard, fiberboard, laminated strand lumber, laminated veneer lumber, wood I-joists, kiln-dried lumber, and glue-laminated beams. EPA has also proposed amendments to the rule, which are expected to be finalized by first quarter 2006. Other significant regulatory issues for wood products facilities include Industrial Boiler MACT compliance, NSR reform, and SPCC plan revisions.
  • Proposed in January 2003, the Plywood & Composite Wood Products MACT affects hundreds of wood products facilities. The regulation applies to major sources of HAPs that manufacture oriented strand board, medium density fiberboard, veneer, particleboard, hardboard, fiberboard, laminated strand lumber, laminated veneer lumber, wood I-joists, kiln-dried lumber, and glue-laminated beams. Trinity can help facilities evaluate their options for achieving PWCWP MACT compliance, whether that entails installing control devices, achieving minor HAP source status, or modeling emissions below a health-based risk level. Other significant regulatory issues for wood products facilities include Industrial Boiler MACT compliance and SPCC plan revisions.

Project Profiles

  • For an international wood products company, Trinity assisted one of its facilities in detailed Title V permit application development. Trinity participated in significant research on boiler operations to determine historical compliance with the boiler New Source Performance Standards as well as existing Air Pollution Contaminant Discharge permits. The resulting Title V permit incorporated historical and current data to best reflect the company’s compliance requirements.
  • An international wood products company was required to evaluate impacts on the ozone NAAQS as a result of VOC emissions from one of its facilities. Trinity performed a photochemical modeling analysis for the plant. In addition to the modeling scenarios associated with the facility's emissions, an extensive sensitivity analysis was conducted to study the maximum ozone concentrations caused by different conditions. The factors affecting the ambient ozone levels were analyzed by modeling emissions from a wood production facility, mobile sources, and biogenic sources.
  • For a major lumber company, Trinity developed a strategy to permit a new facility as a minor source. Trinity helped advise the company on appropriate control technologies to consider and guided the placement and layout of new equipment through dispersion modeling analyses. Then Trinity prepared the necessary air permit application and regulatory analysis and assisted in permit negotiations with the state environmental agency.