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EPA Amends New Source Performance Standards for Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units

01/21/11

Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: US Environmental Protection Agency

On January 20, EPA simultaneously published proposed, and direct final, rules which would amend the new source performance standards for electric utility steam generating units and industrial-commercial-institutional steam generating units. 

The proposal would “amend the testing requirements for owners / operators of steam generating units that elect to install particulate matter continuous emission monitoring systems.”  Additionally, the proposed rule would “…amend the opacity monitoring requirements for owners / operators of affected facilities  subject to an opacity standard that are exempt from the requirement to install a continuous opacity monitoring system.”  (and the proposal would correct several editorial errors from previous rulemakings.)  Comments would be due by February 22, unless a public hearing is requested, in which case comments would be due in early March.) 

The rule is being issued to address specific issues and questions raised in the wake of amendments to the performance standards for steam generating units which had been finalized on January 28, 2009.  Those amendments added compliance, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements for owners and operators of certain affected facilities. 

EPA issued the direct final rule with the identical language on the same day “because we view these amendments as a noncontroversial action and anticipate no adverse comment.”  EPA adds, “These amendments do not change the technical standards for owners / operators of affected facilities nor result in the imposition of any costs beyond those included in the final rule.”  The agency also suggests that other issues raised in the wake of the January 28, 2009 rulemaking will be addressed in a future rule proposal.

(If any adverse comment is received by February 22, the agency will withdraw the amendments in the direct final rule (or some of those amendments) and those amendments would not take effect.)  If no adverse comment is received, the final rule is effective on March 21, 2011.







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