AWC: Boiler MACT decision a step back

Jul 29, 2016

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski has issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) Court decision on Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) reconsideration of the Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT). The court has vacated key elements of the rule, remanded others, and rejected challenges to the energy audit and start-up/shutdown malfunction provisions.

“It is unfortunate that the rule was partially vacated and remanded in several key areas by the D.C. Circuit. AWC worked long and hard with EPA to develop a rule that was protective of health and the environment, yet pragmatic and well tailored for safely burning carbon neutral biomass residuals in our boilers. We remain committed to these objectives going forward.

“We appreciate EPA’s willingness to work with us during the development of these rules and for addressing our major concerns in the final Boiler MACT rules. We also thank members of Congress and governors for their past work to bring attention to these important issues and whose help may be needed to reestablish workable rules.”