New Federal Boiler Rule Initial Notification of Applicability
Deadline: September 17, 2011
Concord, NH – In March 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized new rules that apply to oil, biomass, and coal-fired boilers at institutional, industrial and commercial establishments. The deadline to submit an Initial Notification of Applicability to New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 1 is September 17, 2011.
Over 10,000 industrial, commercial and institutional boilers are in use in New Hampshire. The emissions from these boilers release particulate matter, carbon monoxide and hazardous air pollutants such as hydrochloric acid, mercury and trace amounts of other heavy metals. Health effects from these emissions include a range of respiratory issues like asthma in children and adults, and cancer.What are some other specific actions New Hampshire residents can take?
The rules require sources to perform and document a tune-up by March 21, 2012, and every two years thereafter and to record annual fuel usage. There are additional requirements for new boilers, coal-fired boilers, and/or boilers greater than 10 million Btu/hr including conducting an energy assessment to identify cost-effective energy conservation measures.
For more information on this rule and to download an Initial Notification of Applicability form, go to http://des.nh.gov, then go to "A to Z LIST" and click on "Boiler Rule."
Contact DES Air Permitting Program at (603) 271-1370 or [email protected] for questions.
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