Air quality inspectors at the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (KY EEC) are using a Forward Looking Infrared camera (FLIR) purchased with a grant from U.S. EPA in 2015 to identify air pollution. The FLIR camera helps facilities discover potential leaks of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that could be harming air quality and costing companies money.
Most chemical manufacturing processes use controls that trap or combust VOCs before they escape through the smoke stack. The camera is especially useful in identifying leaks in chemical storage or manufacturing areas prior to the installation of pollution controls. So far, 39 out of 100 inspections have revealed previously unknown leaks.
For more information on the FLIR camera, see the full article on KY EEC’s website.