December 21, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC - The Business Council for Sustainable Energy issued a statement today commending the Environmental Protection Agency on certain aspects of the final standards for major and area source boilers and commercial/ industrial solid waste incinerators.
The Council expressed appreciation for the EPA's effort throughout the rule to emphasize the role energy efficiency can play in reducing emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) in a cost-effective manner, as well as the EPA allowing emissions averaging for units that elect to comply with the output-based standards and for providing clear direction on how a facility may opt simultaneously for output-based emissions limitations and emissions averaging.
Further, the Council commended the EPA for clarifying that coal-fired facilities seeking to incorporate clean and efficient combined heat and power (CHP) or waste heat recovery (WHR) are eligible for a one-year compliance extension. Said Lisa Jacobson, the Council's President, "We thank EPA for this clarification and believe that treating CHP and WHR as controls in this manner may encourage facilities to pursue these technologies, which will ultimately lead to greater fuel savings and emission reductions."
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