EPA Requests Extension – and Time to re-propose – Boiler Rules


Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: US Environmental Protection Agency

EPA filed a motion in federal court today, requesting an extension in the current court-ordered schedule for the boiler rules.  (The current deadline is January 16, 2011, after having been extended one month from its original mid-December deadline.)

EPA writes that “The additional time is needed for the agency to re-propose the rules based on a full assessment of information received since the rules were proposed.”  The head of EPA’s Air office, Gina McCarthy, added that the agency wants to ensure that “these rules are practical to implement” while still being environmentally protective.

The agency acknowledged that “the comments EPA received following the proposal shed new light on a number of key areas, including the scope and coverage of the rules and the way to categorize the various boiler-types” and concluded  that, “after reviewing the data and the more than 4,800 public comments, the agency believes it is appropriate to issue a revised proposal that reflects the new data and allows for additional public comment.”

In its motion, EPA is asking the court to extend the schedule to finalize the rules by April 13, 2012. The Sierra Club is opposing the motion.

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