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Boiler MACT — Compliance Clock is Ticking

Boiler MACT — Compliance Clock is Ticking

The National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants known as the Boiler MACT rule was finalized in January 2013. Affected facilities must be in compliance by Jan. 31, 2016. ... So, the compliance clock is ticking!

The rule will require industrial, commercial and institutional boilers across the nation to meet new emission limits and work practice standards.

What Are the Rules?

The Boiler MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technology) rule has a long history. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the first Boiler MACT rule in 2004. Litigation forced the rule to be vacated just before the compliance deadline in 2007, and the EPA went back to the drawing board to revise the regulation.

The EPA finalized a revised version of the rule in March 2011, sooner than it wanted, under the pressure of a court-ordered deadline. As a result, in May 2011, the EPA stayed the rule and in December 2011 issued a draft of a new "reconsidered" version.

In January 2013, the EPA issued the final reconsidered rule. Despite this, the EPA is still reconsidering specific aspects of the rule and several groups have filed litigation against the rule. However, it is widely believed that this version of the rule will stand and only minor changes may occur as the result of reconsideration or litigation. So, affected facilities should be planning and implementing compliance plans.

What About Compliance?

Boilers will be required to comply with the finalized requirements by Jan. 31, 2016. Each compliance situation is unique. Facilities should plan now to meet the anticipated 2016 compliance date. In general, compliance planning (testing and preliminary studies) can take six to 12 months, and air pollution control retrofits or new boiler installations can take from 12 to 30 months.

Burns & McDonnell can help you determine whether your facility will be in compliance with the Boiler MACT rule and can then evaluate and implement compliance solutions. We can put you in position to move forward with a comprehensive Boiler MACT solution that works for you.

Demonstrated Success

Our Boiler MACT team has extensive experience evaluating and implementing solutions for Boiler MACT-affected facilities ranging from multipollutant retrofits to alternative steam generation options. Our team includes the full range of experience necessary to evaluate your facility and help you develop and implement a plan.

Through multiple compliance studies and detailed design projects conducted during the original Boiler MACT phase and current Boiler MACT phase, our team has become a critical source of technical knowledge for all Boiler MACT solutions. Let us help you be prepared for compliance.

  • Regulatory and compliance reviews
  • Feasibility studies
  • Cost estimates and economic analyses
  • Boiler MACT characterization and stack testing
  • Detailed design
  • Equipment specifications
  • Construction documents
  • Procurement
  • Bid- and construction-phase services
  • Construction management