EPA To Meet with Chemical Manufacturing and Other Industries Regarding Possibility of Sector-wide regulations for all their Pollutant Emissions


Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: Clean Air Act (as Amended) US Environmental Protection Agency

At The Clean Air Act Advisory Committee’s meeting earlier this week, EPA revealed that it was planning to hold roundtable discussions with the chemical manufacturing and two other industries (oil and gas refineries, and iron & steel).  The agency is exploring the possibility of sector wide regulations that would require facilities to control all their pollutant emissions (criteria pollutants  and HAPs) under a single package of rules that would set both NSPS and NESHAPs.    Specifically, there will be three roundtable talks in February and March with one or two representatives from each of the three industry sectors.  The companies have not yet been identified, but the agenda will cover (1) coordination of stationary source air pollution control regulations; (2) advanced air pollution control technologies (including energy efficiency); and (3) environmental and environmental justice considerations.  The meetings are expected to lead to a report to EPA on industry perspectives on moving toward such a sector wide approach; the report is expected to be finalized in June.

The CAAAC “is a senior-level policy committee established in 1990 to advise the U.S. EPA on issues related to implementing the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. …   The membership is approximately 40 members and experts representing state and local government, environmental and public interest groups, academic institutions, unions, trade associations, utilities, industry, and other experts. The CAAAC meets three times a year, normally in Washington, D.C. It provides advice and counsel to EPA on a variety of important air quality policy issues…. ”

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