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:
- Overview of Boiler MACT and how Combined Heat and Power is a Technical & Economic Compliance Strategy
- Summary of the key requirements in the final EPA Boiler MACT rule
- Information on Financial Incentives Available for Facilities that are Affected by the US EPA "National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters; Proposed Rule"
- Individuals with specialized DOE training who may be of assistance in complying with Boiler MACT include Steam System Assessment Tool (SSAT) and Process Heating Assessment and Survey Tool (PHAST) Qualified Specialists
For more information on the rule:
- EPA Emissions Standards for Boilers and Process Heaters and Commercial/Industrial Solid Waste Incinerators
- National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers – Guidance for Calculating Emission Credits Resulting from Implementation of Energy Conservation Measures