EPA FINAL BOILER
On February 23, 2011 the EPA issued the final MACT standards for
boilers and certain incinerators.
On May 16, 2011 the EPA announced its
next step in allowing time to seek and review additional input on the
final standards for boilers and certain solid waste incinerators.
On June 24, 2011 the EPA set a schedule for
issuing these updated air toxics standards. To ensure that the agency's
standards are based on the best available data and the public is given
ample opportunity to provide additional input and information, the
agency would propose standards by the end of October 2011 and issue final
standards by the end of April 2012.
The revised rules officially appeared in the Federal
Register on December 23, 2011 and the EPA has given the industry until
Febuary 21, 2012 to respond. However, a decision by the US District
Court on January 9, 2012 invalidated the EPA’s previous stay of the
original rules. Following these actions by the US District Court to
remove the stay, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson's responsed in a letter
addressed to Senator Ron Wyden stating that
the “EPA will issue a no-action assurance letter shortly, informing
sources that EPA will not enforce any of the administrative notification
requirements for new or existing boilers and incinerators in the 2011
rules” during the reconsideration process.
Final Boiler MACT Rule
GHG REPORTING TOOL
On August 22, 2011
the EPA launched a new tool to allow 28 industrial sectors to submit
their 2010 greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution data electronically. Prior
to being finalized, more than1,000 stakeholders, including industry
associations, states and NGOs tested the electronic GHG Reporting
Tool (e-GGRT) to ensure clarity and user-friendliness.
On December 23, 2011, EPA issued a final rule
that amends specific provisions in subparts A and W. If you
submitted a GHG report for reporting year 2010 and you will not be
reporting on any of the
new 2011 source categories, then your report is due by April 2,
2012. If you are required to report for any of the new 2011 source
categories, then your report is due on September 28, 2012.
Green House Gas Reporting Program