New Federal Regulations for Boilers, Process Heaters and Incinerators
Posted: 05/12/2011

EPA published in the Federal Register on March 21, 2011, five sets of final regulations affecting combustion sources including new and existing boilers, process heating units and incinerators.  EPA originally announced these standards on February 21, 2011. The effective date for these regulations is May 20, 2011. 

The final, published federal regulations and website links are:

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters (also known as the “Boiler MACT”):edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-4494.pdf

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources (NESHAP): Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers (sometimes referred to as the “Boiler NESHAP for area sources”): edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-4493.pdf

Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources and Emission Guidelines for Existing Sources: Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incineration Units (also known as “CISWI”): edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-4495.pdf

Identification of Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials That Are Solid Waste:edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-4492.pdf

Standards of Performance for New Stationary Sources and Emission Guidelines for Existing Sources: Sewage Sludge Incineration Units: edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-4491.pdf

EPA concurrently published in the Federal Register a notice stating that the agency is convening a proceeding for reconsideration of the Boiler MACT, the Boiler NESHAP for area sources, and CISWI. The notice announcing EPA’s reconsideration proceeding is available at edocket.access.gpo.gov/2011/pdf/2011-4490.pdf. In the notice, EPA stated that the agency is in the process of developing a proposed reconsideration notice that identifies the specific elements of the rules for which EPA believes further public comment is appropriate. EPA also states that the agency will evaluate any petitions submitted by members of the public requesting that EPA reconsider any aspects of the rules. The deadline by which any interested party must submit a petition for reconsideration is May 20, 2011.  

More information is available on EPA’s website at http://www.epa.gov/airquality/combustion/.

The Iowa DNR has not started the administrative rulemaking process for adopting the federal air quality regulations and has not yet developed a schedule for doing so. 

For general questions, please contact Christine Paulson (Email Christine.Paulson@dnr.iowa.gov or phone 515.242.5154).

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