Boiler Rules Sent to OMB for Review


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

EPA sent the Boiler MACT and Boiler GACT (for area sources) rules to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review on May 17. (The agency sent the related CISWI new source performance standards and a non-hazardous secondary materials rule to OMB today.) OMB review typically takes no more than 90 days. Final rules are now expected by late June or early July at the earliest.

These national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAPs) for boilers were first issued at the end of March 2011, but EPA immediately announced its intention to reconsider the rules. The Agency proposed revisions to the rules in December 2011.

Industry groups continue to charge that, despite the revisions, the rules are still more stringent than necessary to ensure protection of health and the environment, and they continue to push for more time to comply with the Boiler MACT rule. Environmental groups mare also critical of the revisions, challenging the “sub-categories” in the new proposals, as well as the proposed use of work practice standards for dioxins and furans.

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