- WEB EXCLUSIVE
- PE COFFEEHAUS
The EPA will approve 13 rules requiring industrial facilities to install the Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT), designed to protect Americans from eye, lung and skin irritation, liver and kidney damage, cancer and other health problems by reducing national emissions of toxic air pollutants by more than 68,000 tons per year.
In August, the EPA issued 92 MACT standards that, when fully implemented, will reduce toxic compound emissions by two million tons a year. The EPA's next step is to propose an air toxic standard for utilities by Dec. 15 and finalize it next year. The remaining MACT rules are scheduled for completion by February 2004. Copies of the recently signed standards and fact sheets are available at: www.epa.gov/ttn/oarpg, under "Recent Actions."