EPA sets standards for industrial boilers

By Staff | January 30, 2013

The U.S. EPA has finalized new rules for boilers and certain incinerators. Final adjustments to Air Toxic Standards for Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Boilers at Area Source Facilities include a two-year extension of the compliance date for existing boilers subject to the tune-up requirement; extending the deadline for initial notification for existing area source boilers to Jan. 20, 2014; provisions to allow dual-fired units that switch from gas to coal, biomass or oil, to still be considered existing sources; and requirements for tune-ups every five years for certain area source boilers.

Final adjustments to the Air Toxics Standards for Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters and Major Source Facilities include adding new subcategories for light and heavy industrial liquids; new emissions limits for particulate matter that are different for each biomass fuel subcategory; new emissions limits for carbon monoxide; and increasing variability in compliance monitoring.