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EPA Sets New Timeline on Oven Regulations

By: Tim Pennington
27. June 2011


EPA Director Lisa Jackson


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has set a schedule for issuing updated air toxics standards for boilers and certain solid waste incinerators as part of a filing with the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. The agency will propose standards by the end of October 2011 and issue final standards by the end of April 2012.


Following the April 2010 proposals, the agency received more than 4,800 comments from businesses and communities, especially after Products Finishing magazine brought to light that the EPA was including 'burn-off' ovens as part of the regulations. Based on this input, the agency made extensive revisions that resulted in dramatic cuts in the cost of implementation, including removing the burn-off regs.

In May 2011, EPA announced it would stay the effective date of those standards. EPA did not stay the effective date of the standards for boilers located at area sources of air toxic emissions. 


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