NAM Comments on New Boiler Emissions Standards

By August 23, 2010General, Regulations

Earlier this year, the EPA proposed air emission standards on industrial boilers in yet another example of the Agency’s overreach and its regulatory agenda that will raise costs for manufacturers.

The EPA’s proposal would impose stricter emission requirements on industrial boilers through imposition of “Maximum Achievable Control Technology” (Boiler MACT standards) to reduce mercury emissions, among other pollutants. It will cut across all sectors of the manufacturing economy and could have a damaging economic impact. Compliance costs associated with these harsh and inflexible regulations will cost U.S. manufacturing jobs and hurt manufacturers’ ability to compete.

An industrial boiler is a closed vessel found in a factory, refinery, or other large institution that is fired to generate steam and usually expedites a manufacturing process. Industrial boilers are found in all industrial sectors, and most operators fire their boilers using natural gas, coal, or biomass.

This afternoon, the NAM filed comments with the EPA to outline manufacturers’ concerns with the regulations. Though the NAM supports certain aspects of the proposed rules, manufacturers are fundamentally concerned that the EPA has proposed standards that are not actually “achievable” or “achieved in practice” by existing or new “sources,” as expressly required by the Clean Air Act.

To read the NAM’s comments on the EPA’s proposal, click here.

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