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Regulatory Standards & Definitions

Well-crafted emissions standards, regulations, and resource definitions can help the nation meet the goals of clean, abundant, and secure energy sources, like biomass. Use the links below to navigate throughout the page.

EPA New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) Wood Heater Regulations
EPA Boiler Regulations
Regulation of Biogenic Emissions
Definition of Biomass Resources


EPA NSPS Wood Heater Regulations

Background

On February 3, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published its proposed New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Residential Wood Heaters. The announcement of a public rulemaking marks the regulation’s first major update since 1988. The proposed rule – which would be phased in over five years – would apply to particulate matter (PM) emissions from new residential biomass heating systems such as wood and pellet stoves, indoor and outdoor boilers, forced air heaters, and masonry stoves, among other technologies. The EPA cites significant economic benefits from the new emissions standards, estimating $118 to $267 in benefits for every dollar spent to comply with the regulation.

The rule now willl undergo a 90 public comment period ending on May 5, 2014, followed by an internal federal review, with final publication expected in 2015.  Additionally, the EPA will hold a public hearing February 26, 2014 in Boston, MA.

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EPA Boiler Regulations

On December 21, 2012, the EPA released final emissions rules for Area and Major Source Boilers. The final rules, which apply to industrial and commercial-sized biomass boilers, contain revisions designed to promote clean air while ensuring biomass heating remains one of the most cost-effective, domestically produced renewable energy sources available to Americans.

BTEC commented on the new rules here >>.

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Background

On June 4, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a Proposed Rule for Area Source Boilers that threatened to severely curtail the future growth of the biomass thermal industry and place prohibitively expensive emissions requirements on existing equipment. Final Rules were published on March 21, 2011, but are currently undergoing a reconsideration process that is expected to finalize changes by the end of April 2012.

A working group of BTEC members has spent a considerable amount of effort in developing BTEC's public comments to the EPA.

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Regulation of Biogenic Emissions

BTEC supports environmental regulations that recognize the enormous potential of carbon-neutral biomass thermal energy to offset the greenhouse gas emissions of fossil fuel based-heating systems. By improving the management of existing forests and plantations, and by growing new trees and plants, some biomass energy projects will create additional carbon stocks--going beyond carbon neutral to carbon beneficial.

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Definition of Biomass Resources

BTEC seeks an inclusive, universal federal definition of biomass, streamlining the myriad of federal biomass definitions and increasing access to renewable resources.

 

 

 


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