Commercial and Industrial Solid Waste Incinerator Units (CISWI)
This site provides more information about a proposed rule published in the Federal Register (FR) on June 4, 2010, which will reduce emissions from commercial and industrial solid waste incinerators. An incinerator unit covered under this rule is any device used to burn solid waste at a commercial or industrial facility. The rule does not include Municipal Solid Waste Incinerators, which are covered under separate rules. Click here for more information on commercial and industrial solid waste incinerators. Public comment period ends August 23, 2010.
- Why is this proposed rule important to me?
- How do I get more information on this proposed rule?
- How do I find out whether facilities in my community may be affected by the proposed rule?
- How do I let EPA know of my or my community's comments about this proposed rule?
- What pollutants are emitted from these sources?
- Are other resources available?
Why is this proposed rule important to me?
Incineration of solid waste produces toxic air pollutants. Toxic air pollutants, also known as hazardous air pollutants, are those pollutants that are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects. This proposed rule is designed to reduce the emissions of toxic air pollutants from commercial and industrial solid waste incinerators, which may be affecting your health or the health of your family or neighbors.
How do I get more information on this proposed rule?
- Friday, July 23, 2010, 1:00pm - 3:00pm EST Conference Call (PDF)(2pp, 46k) on Combustion Rules and Related Waste Definition.
- EPA held a webinar on June 9, 2010 to provide participants more information about these new rules. You can view a taped version of the webinar and presentation materials. The webinar provides information about the specific requirements of these rules and how to comment on them during the comment period. Follow-up Questions and Answers (PDF) (4pp, 24k) from the June 9 Webinar are also available.
- EPA also scheduled public hearings to take oral comment on the proposed rules on June 15, 2010 in Arlington, VA; June 22, 2010 in Houston, TX; and June 22, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA.
How do I find out whether facilities in my community may be affected by the proposed rule?
EPA has posted a map of incinerators that would be subject to the proposed rule. You can look at the map to see whether a facility is in your community.
How do I let EPA know of my or my community’s comments about this proposed rule?
You can let EPA know about your comments on these proposed rules by submitting comments on or before August 23, 2010. You can comment on any part of the proposed rule. You can submit written comments via online, email, fax, hard copy, or deliver your comments by hand. More information about submitting comments can be found in the proposed rule’s summary section (first page of Federal Register notice).
Submitting Written Comments. Written comments will be placed in the EPA Docket. The docket is where EPA stores comments and information that it used in its rulemaking. Your written comments must identify the EPA Docket ID number for the rule you are commenting on. The docket number for this rule is EPA-HQ-OAR-2003-0119.
EPA Is Asking For Comments on Specific Issues. EPA has requested comment on specific parts of the rule (PDF) (7pp, 48k).
What Pollutants are emitted from these sources?
Information on the pollutants emitted (PDF) (4pp, 35k) from units that burn solid waste , along with the health impacts of these pollutants.
Are other resources available?
Technology Transfer Air Toxics Website - Provides links to regulatory, technical and implementation information for Commercial/Industrial/Solid Waste Incinerators. The site is primarily used by regulatory agencies and sources subject to the standard (regulated entities).
For further information about this rule, contact Ms. Charlene Spells, Natural Resource and Commerce Group, Sector Policies and Programs Division (E14303), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS), Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711; telephone number: (919) 541-5255; or email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closely related rules.
Commercial/Industrial Solid Waste Incinerator Units (CISWI) and Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters (ICIB) are closely related because similar units may be considered boilers or incineration units based on whether or not they burn solid waste materials. See the Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters (ICIB) webpage for additional information.
EPA has proposed a definition of solid waste for non-hazardous secondary material. One potential implication of the proposed definition of solid waste is that some combustion units currently considered boilers would be subject to the proposed CISWI standards in the energy recovery unit subcategory if they continue to combust solid waste.