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Boiler MACT Technical Assistance Program

On December 20, 2012, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the reconsideration process for its Clean Air Act pollution standards National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters (known as Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT)). This rule applies to boilers in a wide range of industrial facilities and institutions.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) offered technical assistance to ensure that major sources burning coal or oil have information on cost-effective clean energy strategies for compliance, including combined heat and power (CHP), and to promote cleaner, more efficient boilers to cut harmful pollution and reduce operational costs. EPA stated in the final rule that existing sources will have three years from issuance of the final reconsideration rule to implement the new requirements, and if needed, may request an additional year. This means that existing sources will have until January 31, 2016 to comply with the rule, or to request time through January 2017.

DOE currently provides technical assistance on CHP technologies to commercial and industrial facilities through its seven regional CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs). For more information on CHP TAP Boiler MACT technical assistance:

For more information on the rule:

Find out more about the Advanced Manufacturing Office's CHP Deployment Program.