June 9, 2010 Webinar InformationJune 9, 2010 Combustion Rules Webinar taped version and Follow-up Questions and Answers (PDF) (4pp, 24k) from the Webinar are available.
Webinar on U.S. EPA's Proposed Combustion Rules and Definition of Solid Waste
On June 4, 2010, EPA published four proposed rules that may be of special interest to communities. These proposals would limit emissions from combustion sources and includes two rules effecting large and small boilers and process heaters and one rule effecting units that burn solid waste. EPA also proposed a definition of solid waste for non-hazardous secondary materials. We proposed these rules together because the sources are closely related, and we are taking public comments on all of them at the same time. The public comment for these rules ends August 3, 2010.
EPA Webinar on Combustion Rules
EPA hosted a webinar on June 9, 2010 to provide participants more about these new rules proposed by EPA, which will reduce emissions from boilers, process heaters, and solid waste incinerators. Attendees to the webinar included State, local and tribal air quality agencies, environmental justice community organizations, environmental/health organizations, industry, and others interested parties.You can view a taped version of the webinar and presentation materials. The webinar is/was not a means of providing public comment on the proposed rules but provided information so interested parties could become more informed about these proposals and to prepare comments during the public comment period. Follow-up Questions and Answers (PDF) (4pp, 24k) from the June 9 Webinar are also available.
What did the webinar cover?
EPA presented information on new the rules for boilers, process heaters and solid waste incinerators.
Boilers and process heaters are sources of air pollution and are in virtually every community. There are also 172 commercial or industrial solid waste incinerators in the U.S. that may be affected by the proposed incinerator rule. Note: Municipal solid waste incinerators are covered under other EPA rules and will not be covered in this webinar.
EPA also presented information on the proposed definition of solid waste. This proposed rule addresses which non-hazardous secondary materials would be considered solid waste and which would be considered fuel. This definition identifies the types of materials that may be burned as a fuel in a boiler or whether they must be burned in a solid waste incinerator.
Additional Information on Proposed Rules:
Additional information on the proposed boiler, heater and incinerator rules, is available on the Environmental Justice (EJ) and Rulemaking Information page.
Additional information on the proposed definition of non-hazardous solid waste is available at: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/nonhaz/define/index.htm.
Public Hearings - EPA also hosted public hearings during the public comment period. More information on the public hearings..