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EPA boiler MACT rule is topic of Feb. 4 webinar offered by APPA

From the January 25, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published January 25, 2013

By Jeannine Anderson
APPA will hold a webinar Feb. 4 on the Environmental Protection Agency's final boiler MACT rule, which was issued in late December. The rule, called the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Boiler MACT rule, establishes the agency's final adjustments to its maximum achievable control technology standards for boilers under the Clean Air Act. It applies to industrial boilers, a limited number of utility boilers of less than 25 MW, and certain solid waste incinerators. (See the Jan. 7, 2013 Public Power Daily.)

The Feb. 4 webinar, ICI Boiler MACT Rule and Its Impact on Public Power for <25 MW Boilers, will be held from 2 to 3 p.m., Eastern time. APPA members with an existing coal-fired power plant of less than 25 MW are encouraged to participate. 

Among the topics to be discussed by the speaker, Doug McWilliams, is the use of the limited-use subcategory. Some owner/operators of coal-fired power plants of less than 25 MW might want to utilize this or other compliance options to keep these units online for some time without the full expenses of retrofit to meet the new regulatory requirements. McWilliams is a partner with the law firm Squire Sanders.

"This is a unique rulemaking because it might not affect your own power plant," said Theresa Pugh, APPA's director of environmental services, in a Jan. 16 message posted on the Hub, APPA's online discussion forums. "But it might have a direct effect on your utility's commercial and industrial customers that have these boilers for their own operations. There are many tens of thousands of these industrial boilers across the country located at a variety of industries."

APPA members who would like to register their utility's industrial or commercial customers at a member rate for this webinar are welcome to do so, Pugh said. "We realize that you also might want to invite your industrial or commercial customers to your office and have them attend as your guests (with no fee for them)," she said. "This is perfectly fine with APPA. We offer this as a gesture of good will toward your customers if you wish to avail yourself of this webinar and include them."

For more information or to register for the webinar, see the APPA website.


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