- WEB EXCLUSIVE
- PE COFFEEHAUS
By "major" sources, the EPA will define emitters of 10 tons per year (tpy) or more of a single hazardous air pollutant, or 25 tpy of a combination of HAPs. These must meet MACT standards. The new emission limits will go into effect in 2013.
The Portland Cement Association, based out of Skokie, Ill., noted that it understood the need for controls, but suggested there were better ways to go about it.
Said Brian McCarthy, CEO and president of the association, "Compliance with the rule will cost the industry several billion dollars, and require investments in pollution control equipment at a time when available capital is considerably constrained due to the state of the economy." McCarthy warned that increased regulatory controls risked leading to cement plant closures and a reduction in U.S. cement production. In particular, he noted his organization urged the EPA to create emission standards for subcategories of industry facilities based on risk assessments for HCl controls, rather than controlling HCl just limit SO2.
The rule is not significantly different than that proposed in 2006 and 2008 under the Bush Administration. The key change from the original, late-Clinton-era rule, was mercury control, the MACT floor limit of which will be determined over a 30-day average.
For more information, read the Federal Register notice (pdf).
SOURCES: Above-linked FR notice, PCA press release.