FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 2012
BTEC Comments on Release of Final EPA Boiler MACT Rules
The biomass thermal trade association stresses the need for continuous boiler improvement and regulatory compliance support
Washington DC - December 21, 2012 - The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) commented today on the release of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 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.
"The EPA's final standards look to balance health concerns, technological achievability, and compliance costs in a way that will pull our industry forward," said BTEC Executive Director Joseph Seymour. "Reasonable and attainable standards for emissions and efficiency allow the biomass thermal industry to offer a viable alternative to fossil fuels that can be adopted by the public and supported by government. BTEC is committed to a dialogue with the EPA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to facilitate continuous improvement for community-scale biomass boilers."
The EPA invited stakeholder feedback on the boiler rules through multiple rulemakings, beginning with an initial comment period in 2010 and concluding with the release of the final rules today. BTEC engaged the EPA in development of the boiler regulations through multiple channels including the formal comment process and online work sessions.
"Our energies are now focused on communicating these rules, their emissions limits, and timetables with our member companies to help them comply," said Seymour. "Biomass boiler vendors and manufacturers are partners in the nation's clean energy future, and we will work with our members and the federal government to drive the installation of clean, renewably-fueled thermal systems."
For information on the Area and Major Source Boiler rules, factsheets, and information on compliance deadlines and limits, please visit: epa.gov/airquality/combustion/actions
About the Biomass Thermal Energy Council
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) is an association of biomass fuel producers, appliance manufacturers and distributors, supply chain companies and non-profit organizations that view biomass thermal energy as a renewable, responsible, clean and energy-efficient pathway to meeting America's energy needs. BTEC engages in research, education, and public advocacy for the fast growing biomass thermal energy industry. For more information, visit www.biomassthermal.org.