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American Wood Council Statement on Boiler MACT Final Rule

Feb 23, 2011

WASHINGTON - American Wood Council President Robert Glowinski commented on today’s announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of its final rulemaking on the Maximum Achievable Control Technology for Industrial Boilers (Boiler MACT) and other related rules.

“The Boiler MACT rules released today are better than those initially proposed, but there is certainly room for improvement. 

“We are pleased that some concerns have been addressed, especially relating to the Boiler Generally Achievable Control Technology rule (Boiler GACT), by allowing cost-effective boiler tune-ups rather than mandating unachievable limits. This will require certain wood product manufacturers to make adjustments to existing equipment that will reduce emissions, but at the same time facilitate cost-effective production practices and continued employment for thousands of wood products industry workers in many American communities. We are also pleased that EPA recognizes that resinated wood residues are valuable fuels and not wastes.

“The improvement thus far is encouraging, but there is a need for more change. We look forward to working with EPA in the months ahead to improve the rule to address additional industry concerns.”

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