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AMI Comments on EPA's Proposed Rules Regarding Boiler Emission Limits from Area and Major Sources

Monday, August 16, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

AMI filed comments with the Environmental Projection Agency (EPA) on two proposed rules that would set stringent emission limits for air pollutants from industrial, commercial and institutional boilers that combust fossil fuels, biomass and even clean fuels such as natural gas.  Because boilers throughout the meat industry use oil, natural gas, and other fuels, potentially stringent restrictions governing these boilers are of great concern to the industry. 


The comments to the proposed rules, “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers” and “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters,” were filed today.


The comments discuss the industry’s concern about capital cost expenditures that would be necessary to comply with the rules, which are estimated to be in the tens of billions of dollars at thousands of facilities across the country.  “Imposing such an economic burden on industry is substantial and would threaten the viability of some companies, particularly in these economically challenging times,” the comments state.  


AMI’s comments state that the rule should be tailored to protect public health and the environment without imposing unnecessary burdens and controls.  Any final rule should provide a range of technically sound and cost-effective options and emission limits.


AMI’s comments are available at http://bit.ly/9MzQnB.  The proposed rule can be found at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/boiler/boilerpg.html.   




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