Federal Boiler Rule Initial Tune-Up, Energy Assessment, and Compliance Status
Deadline: March 21, 2014 and July 19, 2014
Concord, NH – The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) boiler rules require sources to perform an initial tune-up by March 21, 2014. This rule applies to oil, biomass, and coal-fired boilers at institutional, industrial and commercial establishments. This rule does not apply to residential boilers, and gas fired or electric boilers.
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. The federal boiler rules are intended to reduce emissions of air pollutants by requiring, at a minimum, an initial tune-up of all boilers.
There are additional requirements for boilers greater than 10 million Btu/hr to conduct an energy assessment by March 21, 2014 to identify cost-effective energy conservation measures.
The notice of compliance status must be submitted electronically through EPA's Central Data Exchange, http://www.epa.gov/cdx/ by July 19, 2014 unless a paper submittal was completed prior to January 1, 2014.
For more information on this rule, tune-up information and instructions on EPA's Central Data Exchange, go to http://des.nh.gov, then go to "A to Z LIST" and click on "Boiler Rule."
Contact NHDES Air Permitting Program at (603) 271-1370 or mailto:[email protected] for questions.