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Reconsideration Process Must Be Used to Enhance the Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 23, 2011) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) today welcomed changes in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s final industrial boiler emission standards. However, ACC believes further improvements are needed when EPA reconsiders the rules

"We commend EPA for its commitment to improving the Boiler MACT standards," said Cal Dooley , President and CEO of the American Chemistry Council. "The final rules show progress, but because the courts denied EPA's request for more time, more must be done to ensure important adjustments are made. We strongly support a reconsideration of the rules.

"By listening to stakeholders, seeking new data and revisiting early conclusions, we believe EPA had begun to lay the groundwork for more effective, less costly regulations that can help avoid the loss of U.S. business investment and jobs. Now EPA deserves the time to finish the job. Major industries, small businesses, municipalities and institutions across the country will be affected by the outcome."

Improvements EPA made to the final rules include:

  • More realistic emission limits based on its revised methodology;
  • Work practice standards for Gas 2 fired boilers using clean burning fuels;
  • Adjustments to emissions limits based on fuel variability;
  • Work practices for periods of start-up and shut-down; and
  • An acknowledgement that solid fuel boilers can burn a variety of fuels.

ACC remains committed to key changes recommended by the chemical industry but not included in the final rules. We look forward to working with EPA to address issues including:

  • The use of alternative health-based emissions limits;
  • The use of a pollutant-by-pollutant approach to set limits; and
  • Work practices for periods of malfunction.

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