Boiler MACT Legislation introduced in House of Representatives
Related Topics: Clean Air Act (as Amended)
On Wednesday, June 22, Representatives Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), introduced legislation on the Boiler MACT rule. Co-sponsored by Representatives John Barrow (D-GA), Jim Matheson (D-UT), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Pete Olson (R-TX), Mike Ross (D-AR), and Steve Scalise (R-LA), the bill (H.R. 2250) is titled “The EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011.” (The measure is also supported by Representative Fred Upton (R-MI), the chairman of the Committee.)
The proposal “directs EPA to develop achievable standards affecting non-utility boilers and incinerators and grants additional time for development of and compliance with the rules.” Specifically, the bill would:
- Provide EPA with at least 15 months to repropose and finalize these new rules;
- Extend compliance deadlines from 3 to at least 5 years;
- Direct EPA to adopt definitions in the new rules which would allow sources to use a wide range of alternative fuels; and
- Direct EPA “to ensure that the new rules are achievable by real-world boilers, process heaters and incinerators” and impose the least burdensome regulatory alternatives” consistent with President Obama’s Executive Order.
The legislation also stays the Boiler area source rule, as well as the non-hazardous secondary materials rules.
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