Congress Votes to Delay Controls on Boilers
1. October 2011
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the first of two bills in October to delay new rules on industrial boilers, cement plants and solid waste incinerators, and issue Products Finishing magazine has been following closely for more than a year. Earlier this year the EPA dropped boiler rules that affected the powder coating and painting industry when they admitted they inadvertently included "burn off ovens" into the description of industrial boilers. The decision came after Products Finishing magazine wrote extensively how the EPA under-reported the number of burn off ovens; the EPA claimed less than 50 when PF reported the number could be as high as 10,000. The first bill, which the House passed by a 262-161 vote, would force the EPA to rewrite regulations designed to reduce pollution at about 150 cement plants nationwide. The measure also would extend by years the time that companies have to comply with the new regulations.