EPA allows time for public comments on Air Toxics standards

As part of a reconsideration process for the Air Toxics Standards for Boilers and Certain Incinerators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a stay, postponing the effective date of the standards for major source boilers and commercial and industrial solid waste incinerators. EPA will now accept public commentary through July 15, 2011.

The stay will remain in place until the proceedings for judicial review of these rules are completed or EPA completes its reconsideration of the standards, whichever is earlier.

Following the April 2010 proposals for the Air Toxics Standards, EPA received more than 4,800 comments from businesses and communities, including information that industry had not provided prior to the proposals. Based on this input, EPA made extensive revisions to the standards. In December 2010, EPA requested additional time for review to ensure the public’s input was fully addressed. However, the court granted EPA only an additional 30 days, resulting in the February 2011 final rules.

EPA is now reconsidering the standards because the public did not have sufficient opportunity to comment on these changes, and, as a result, further public review and feedback is required to meet the legal obligations under the Clean Air Act.

Any additional data and information related to affected sources and their emissions that the public would like the agency to consider should be submitted by e-mail to combustionsurvey@erg.com by July 15, 2011.

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