ADA-ES Tackles MATS Compliance with New Compliance Strategy Service

ADA® Health Check provides a critical check-up on compliance technologies to help power plant operators meet MATS compliance across a range of operating conditions

Feb 03, 2016, 08:00 ET from ADA-ES, Inc.

SAN DIEGO and HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo., Feb. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On Dec. 15, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit agreed to keep in place the controversial Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule to address reducing emissions of mercury and other pollutants from coal-fired power plants. In the face of this ruling, ADA-ES, Inc. (ADA) introduced ADA® Health Check, a new service to help power plant operators best meet MATS compliance across a range of operating conditions at the Energy, Utility and Environment Conference today in San Diego.

ADA Health Check provides a compliance strategy review combined with expert analysis to ensure consistent and optimal compliance with state and federal mercury rules. ADA Health Check provides a critical check-up on compliance technologies, including unit-specific operations, fuel variability and combustion, APC equipment and performance, ACI/DSI system operation, sorbent usage rate, CEMS operation and mercury emissions.

"With the MATS rule in place, the clock is ticking on getting power plants into compliance," said Sharon Sjostrom, chief product officer at ADA. "Many in the industry may feel deceptively confident that they are in compliance. However, we've seen that results from tests conducted in the spring may not represent performance during the hot summer months. Furthermore, fuel quality can affect mercury emission levels. Our goal with ADA Health Check is to help ensure that power plants can meet MATS emission levels across a range of operating conditions and that specific control equipment is safe and reliable."

To address plant operating variables, the ADA Health Check team assesses the impact of changes in operations, including seasonal changes, cycling load, and fuel variability on future emissions. Other assessments include rating Hg control performance using ADA's proprietary models, providing recommendations for on-going compliance to improve reliability and reduce operating costs, and evaluating the safety, reliability, and operability of mercury CEMS, ACI and DSI equipment.

ADA's in-house team of experts use an interactive engineering process to review plant operations from coal-pile to stack to assess the "health" of power plant control systems. The ADA team has supported plants in evaluating mercury control options for more than 25 years, including conducting mercury control demonstrations at more than 100 plants.

About ADA

ADA-ES, Inc. (ADA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc., provides emissions control solutions for the power generation and other industries. With more than 25 years of extensive experience in developing advanced mercury control solutions, ADA is delivering proprietary environmental technologies, equipment and specialty chemicals that enable coal-fueled power plants to meet emissions regulations. These solutions enhance existing air pollution control equipment, maximizing capacity and improving operating efficiencies. With a track record that includes securing more than 30 US patents for emissions control technology and systems, ADA today has the most mercury control systems in operation in the US. For more information on ADA, its products and services, visit or the ADA Blog.