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TRSA Pursues Boiler Rule Relief from EPA

Association signs letter to congressional chiefs seeking passage of EPA Regulatory Relief Act 

TRSA joined the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in signing on to a letter in support of the bipartisan EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011. The bill, if passed, would give the EPA the certainty and direction it needs to rewrite the Boiler MACT rules in a way that protects both jobs and the environment. 

The Boiler MACT rules create emission limits for mercury, particulate matter and carbon monoxide for all new coal-fired boilers with heat input greater than 10 million Btu per hour and particulate matter emission limits for new biomass and oil-fired boilers. New boilers with heat input below 10 million Btu per hour will be required to undergo a boiler tuneup every two years.

For existing boilers, the new rules create emission limits for mercury and carbon monoxide only for coal-fired boilers with input greater than 10 million Btu per hour. The EPA did not establish emission limits for other existing boilers. Instead, those boilers must undergo a tuneup every two years.Click here to see the informational tools TRSA developed in response to EPA’s recent Boiler regulations.

If enacted, the “EPA Regulatory Relief Act” would stay the rule and give the EPA 15 months to revise it, as well as providing at least five years for facilities to comply with the regulation. This would give the EPA time to get the Boiler MACT rules correct and for businesses that will, in turn, invest billions of dollars to plan for capital expenses related to these changes. The legislation will preserve jobs and competitiveness, while protecting the environment.

TRSA will remain active in this process. If your facility is using fuel oil, especially #6 fuel oil, please contact Jessica Skerritt at jskerritt@trsa.org. TRSA wants to ensure that all members affected by this rule are properly represented.