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On Aug. 6, 2010, the EPA signed a final rule establishing and amending various air emission limits applicable to the Portland cement industry. See 75 FR 54970 (Sept. 9, 2010). The rule establishes National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for emissions of mercury, total hydrocarbons (THC), and particulate matter (PM) from new and existing cement kilns located at major and area sources, and for emissions of hydrochloric acid (HCl) from new and existing kilns located at major sources. The rule also establishes New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for emissions of PM, NOX, and SO2 at cement kilns that commence construction, modification, or reconstruction after June 16, 2008.
Various entities representing the regulated industry and the environmental community have petitioned the EPA for reconsideration of various standards in these rules, in particular the NESHAP. A number of industry petitioners also requested that the EPA issue an administrative stay of the NESHAP and NSPS. For the reasons stated in the Federal Register, the EPA is denying reconsideration on certain issues raised in the petitions and is granting reconsideration on a number of other issues. The EPA is also denying all requests that it issue an administrative stay. Read about the EPA's reasoning and comments from industry and opposition by clicking on this link.