EPA Submits Revised Boiler Emissions Rules for White House Review

Date: May 24, 2012

Source: News Room

The US EPA has submitted revised rules for industrial boilers and incinerators to the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) for its review before they can be published in the Federal Register. The rules include national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for major source boilers and area source boilers, new source performance standards for commercial and industrial solid waste incinerators (CISWI) and a non-hazardous secondary materials rule under the Resource Conservation & Recovery Act (RCRA) to determine whether facilities are subject to the boiler or more strict CISWI rules based on the material burned. EPA first issued the rules over a year ago but initiated a stay and review to address industry concerns that the rules were impossible to meet and based on faulty data. EPA has amended the final versions of the rules in response to the concerns providing more flexibility in meeting standards. EPA also said it will expand the definition for what would be considered biomass and therefore subject to less stringent rules.

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