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Boiler MACT Legislation Introduced in the Senate

07/21/11

Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: Clean Air Act (as Amended)

On July 20, Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Senate’s version of Boiler MACT legislation, S. 1392.  (The EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011).  The bipartisan legislation was  co-sponsored by Senators Landrieu (D-LA), Pryor (D-AR), Alexander (R-TN), and Toomey (R-PA).  (Similar, although not identical legislation, (HR 2250) had been introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Griffith (R-VA) and Butterfield (D-NC) in June.)

Among other provisions, The Senate bill would:

  • direct the Administrator of the EPA to promulgate new rules to replace the four recently published, interrelated EPA rules setting Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) and other performance standards for boilers, and commercial and industrial solid waste incineration units;
  • give EPA 15 months from the enactment of the Act to finalize the rules;
  • extends the deadline for compliance with the new rules from 3 years to at least 5 years from the date of enactment of the Act; and
  • clarify that the emissions standards set by the EPA Administrator in the new rules must be achievable in practice.






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