The U.S. EPA published the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters; Final Rule Jan. 31 in the Federal Register. This has started the clock for compliance with the rule. Existing structures will have until Jan. 31, 2016 to comply with the rule, while new sources had until Jan. 31, 2013 or the startup date, whichever is later, to comply with the rule.
The Boiler MACT Rule requires owners of industrial, commercial and institutional boilers to comply with the EPA’s standards for air pollutants, including mercury. It will affect 1,700 existing major source facilities with an estimated 14,316 boilers and process heaters. The EPA also estimates an additional 1,844 new boilers and process heaters to be subject to the final rule over the next three years.
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