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MATS Startup/Shutdown Reconsideration & Electronic Reporting (11/7/14)

EPA released final revisions to the MATS Rule reflecting the Agency's reconsideration of startup and shutdown related issues.  The revisions create a new optional definition of startup that would allow sources to exclude data for compliance purposes for a period of four hours after producing electricity or steam for commercial purposes.  However, the rule includes many new requirements for sources that choose to use the new definition including the requirement to maximize the use of "clean fuels" during the startup period.  New parametric monitoring and reporting requirements are imposed on sources that choose to demonstrate PM compliance using quarterly testing.  The revisions also institute two approaches for monitoring startup and shutdown emissions using sorbent traps.

The Agency also released direct final revisions that would create interim reporting requirements as new electronic formats developed to replace the current ERT and CEDRI requirements.  The direct final rule and parallel proposal are consistent with the approach that the Agency outlined at the recent stakeholders meeting in DC.  Once the revisions becomes effective, the requirement to report data electronically using the ERT and/or CEDRI would be suspended.  Instead, the same type of information would simply be reported in PDF format while EPA develops new alternative XML reporting formats to replace the ERT and CEDRI.  Unless EPA receives adverse comments, the transitional reporting requirements will become effective 45 days after published in the Federal Register.

A copies of the startup/shutdown reconsideration revisions and the transitional electronic reporting rule can be found in our FTP library.

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