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MACT Update:  Electric Utility Information Request Announced (07/06/09)

As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act, EPA announced in the Federal Register (July 2, 2009) that the Agency intends to submit a request for a new Information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).  Facilities affected by this action are coal- and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units.  According to the notice, EPA needs to obtain information necessary to identify and categorize electric utility steam generating units potentially subject to the MACT standards that the Agency intends to develop pursuant to section 112(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). 

Also, to quantify the emission level being achieved by the average of the best performing 12 percent of similar sources, this ICR would mandate a massive stack testing program.  EPA believes this program can be accomplished in 6 months, and the Agency’s estimated overall cost burden on the utility industry is approximately $105 million.  EPA estimates the stack sampling cost to be $60 million for the selected coal-fired units and $35 million for the selected oil-fired units. 

For stack testing at coal-fired units, EPA identified four grouping of hazardous air pollutants (HAP).  The four HAP grouping are (1) acid gases (HCl, HF & HCN); (2) dioxin & furan; (3) non-dioxin/furan organic HAP; and (4) mercury and non-mercury metallic HAP.   EPA has identified 217 units to sample for acid gases at an estimated cost of $8.25 million; 149 units to sample for dioxin and furan at an estimated cost of $7.45 million; 184 units to sample for non-dioxin/furan organic HAP at an estimated cost of $19.7 million; and 214 units to sample for mercury and non-mercury metallic HAP at an estimated cost of $24.8 million.

The public comment period runs through August 31, 2009.  EPA’s supporting documents for this ICR can be found in the rulemaking Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-2009-0234 at www.regulations.gov.  In terms of the ICR process, EPA must review comments and revise the ICR as the Agency deems appropriate.  A final ICR package will be submitted to OMB for review and approval.  At that time, EPA will publish another notice in the Federal Register to announce the submission of the ICR to OMB.

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