December 7th, 2010, the EPA filed a motion in the federal court seeking an extension in the current court-ordered schedule for issuing new Boiler MACT/CISWI rules. EPA estimates that under the proposed major source boiler rule, 13,555 boilers and process heaters located at 1,600 facilities will be impacted. Under the proposed area source boiler rule, EPA estimates 183,000 boilers and 92,000 facilities. Both the health impacts and costs of these rules are estimated in the billions or 10’s of billions. EPA estimate 176 solid waste units.
The motion requests an extension from January 16th, 2011 to April 13, 2012 to re-propose and finalize these standards.
EPA stated that the additional time will allow it to respond to the issues raised in the thousands of public comments on the reproposed/proposed rules, gain additional public comments and information, and re-propose a rule that will be protective and legally defensible, and result in standards that are more defensable and yield benefits earlier.
You can read the motion filed here.