AWC Submits Comments on EPA's Boiler MACT Rules

Feb 23, 2012
Despite some improvement, issues of achievability and affordability remain.
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, Feb. 21, the American Wood Council (AWC) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the reproposed Boiler MACT rules, as well as on the Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incineration (CISWI or Incinerator) rule, Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials (NHSM) rule, and Boiler Generally Achievable Control Technology (GACT) rule.

“The data that we have collected and submitted to EPA will help the agency develop and finalize a set of rules with which our members can comply,” said AWC President Robert Glowinski.  “We need the certainty of regulations that can be reasonably implemented and that we’re confident will not change months down the road to trigger yet another multi-billion dollar investment.

“Accordingly, we’re committed to working with the regulatory community to finalize a set of rules that balances jobs with environmental and public health.”

The latest set of Boiler MACT rules revises the March 2011 rules, which EPA immediately stayed, noting their inadequacy in accomplishing the desired benefits.

AWC’s submitted comments address concerns over achievability, inadequate compliance time, uncertainty of classifying biomass materials as fuels, excessive costs, and the prevalence of legal uncertainty.  The Boiler MACT rules regulate boilers across a wide range of industries, making it one of the most complex MACT standards ever established.