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GHG Standards Proposed for Future Power Plants

On March 27, 2012, EPA issued proposed greenhouse gas (carbon emissions) standards for future power plants.  Subject electric generating units (EGUs) include fossil‐fuel‐fired boilers, integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) units and stationary combined cycle turbine units that generate electricity for sale and are larger than 25 megawatts. Fact Sheet:  http://epa.gov/carbonpollutionstandard/pdfs/20120327factsheet.pdf Proposed Rule:  https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2012/04/13/2012-7820/standards-of-performance-for-greenhouse-gas-emissions-for-new-stationary-sources-electric-utility

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No Action Assurance Letter for Area Source NESHAP Boiler Tune-Ups

On March 13, 2012, EPA issued a No Action Assurance Letter intended to provide relief to existing sources subject to the Boiler Area Source NESHAP (40 CFR 63 Subpart JJJJJJ).  For existing sources that are required to conduct tune-ups, EPA is stating that it will exercise enforcement discretion for boilers that are not tuned-up by ...

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EPA Issues Proposed NSR Rule for Condensable PM

On March 12, 2012, EPA proposed a New Source Review (NSR) rule to clarify that condensable Particulate Matter (PM) must continue to be included in measurements of PM10 and PM2.5 (for NSR purposes).  The measurement of total PM (which is typically used for New Source Performance Standard compliance) is not to include the measurement of ...

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EPA Proposes Implementation Rule for 2008 Ozone Standard

On February 7, 2012, EPA issued the proposed implementation rule for the 2008 8-hr ozone NAAQS (75 ppb).  Similar to previous ozone nonattainment area designations, EPA is setting five categories of NAA with corresponding compliance schedules and control measures. Fact Sheet:  http://www.epa.gov/airquality/ozonepollution/pdfs/20120203factsheet.pdf Rule:  http://www.epa.gov/airquality/ozonepollution/pdfs/20120203proposal.pdf

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EPA Proposes Step 3 of the GHG Tailoring Rule

For PSD and Title V permitting, EPA is proposing to keep the same thresholds from Step 2 (PSD:  100,000 tons/yr CO2e for new sources, 75,000 tons/yr CO2e for modifications at major GHG sources; Title V:  100,000 tons/yr CO2e), primarily due to EPA’s determination that state permitting authorities do not have the infrastructure and expertise to ...

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Final Utility MACT Published in Federal Register

Subsequent to EPA finalizing the Utility MACT on December 21, 2011, the final rule (40 CFR 63 Subpart UUUUU) was published in the Federal Register.  Revisions to New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) 40 CFR 60 Subparts D, Da, Db, and Dc, applicable to boilers, were also published.  The Utility MACT applies to coal and oil-fired ...

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EPA Issues Proposed Boiler MACT, Area Source NESHAP, and CISWI Revisions

U.S. EPA has proposed a new version of the Boiler Major Source NESHAP (“Boiler MACT”) and amendments to the Boiler Area Source NESHAP, CISWI Incinerator NSPS, and Definition of Solid Waste. EPS is currently reviewing these standards to assess potential impacts on our affected clients. Upon publication in the Federal Register, EPA will accept comments ...

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EPA Announces Plans to Implement 2008 Ozone Standard

In a memo from Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy to regional air directors, EPA announced its intent to enforce and implement the 75 ppb ozone standard issued in 2008.  The implementation of the 2008 standard had been on hold while EPA reconsidered the standard.  The recent White House announcement of delaying the ozone reconsideration to 2013-2014 prompted EPA to ...

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