EPA Backtracking on Proposed Boiler Rules? Manufacturers Remain Concerned

By December 6, 2010Economy, Regulations

Last week, Greenwire reported that an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) air official stated the agency’s new regulations on industrial boilers “were simply too tight to be able to be achievable.”  See “Draft rules for boilers were too strict — EPA air chief.”

Gina McCarthy, the EPA’s assistant administrator for air and radiation, made her remarks after analyzing the extensive stakeholder comments on the controversial proposed rules (read the NAM’s comments here). She said the proposed standards were “very difficult to achieve in certain sectors – which we did not know.”

As the EPA promulgates the final rules, manufacturers urge the Agency to carefully consider each concern raised by industry during the comment process. A study from the Council of Industrial Boiler Owners (CIBO) estimates the proposed emission limits could potentially put 300,000 U.S. jobs at risk. While Administrator McCarthy’s words are encouraging, manufacturers remain concerned that even a less stringent proposal will hurt their ability to create jobs and remain competitive in the global marketplace.

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