The US EPA is pleased to announce the availability of a new video series explaining the area source boiler rule. This video series consists of four modules that explain various aspects of the rule including an overview of the rule that includes applicability, specific rule requirements and compliance dates; a module on how to conduct an energy assessment; a module on how to conduct a boiler tune-up; and a module on the recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the rule.
Area sources boilers are commercial (laundries, apartments, hotels), institutional (schools, churches, medical centers, municipal buildings) or industrial (manufacturing, refining, processing, mining) facilities that emit or have the potential to emit less than 10 tons per year of a single hazardous air pollutant, or less than 25 tons per year of combined hazardous air pollutants.
The area source boiler rule affects boilers that burn:
- coal (including coal refuse, petroleum coke, or synthetic fuels derived from coal)
- oil or other liquid fuel (boilers that burn primarily gas but infrequently burn oil are still considered a gas-fired boiler even if it also burns oil or other liquid fuel during periods of gas curtailment, gas supply interruption, startups, or for periodic testing not to exceed 48 hours during any calendar year)
- non-waste materials
For existing boilers, your Initial Notification Form is due to EPA or the delegated state agency by January 20, 2014 (for new sources, forms are due within 120 days after startup).
You can find the form and the videos and more information about the rule by going to EPA’s Boiler Compliance website here: http://www.epa.gov/boilercompliance/ . The video link is under the What’s New? section and all forms needed are further down on the right side of the page .
We hope these videos will help area source boiler owners and operators comply with the rule. If you have any questions on the rule itself contact Mary Johnson at 919-541-5025 or Jim Eddinger at 919-541-5426.