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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress.
The summary below was written by the House Republican Conference, which is the caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives.
This summary can be found at http://www.gop.gov/bill/112/1/hr2250.
According to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the EPA’s new Boiler MACT rules are exceedingly complex and unduly onerous. Together, these four rules span 276 pages and impose control and monitoring standards for 11 subcategories of boilers and process heaters that vary by design and fuel type. These rules require boiler owners to conduct emissions testing and comply with complex control standards. There are approximately 200,000 boilers nationwide. Hospitals, factories, universities, farms, and thousands of major American employers will be directly impacted by these rules.
Under these new Boiler MACT rules, many traditional alternative fuels – such as biomass, scrap tires, used oil, and other materials – may be deemed “solid waste” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. This means that boilers, cement kilns, industrial furnaces and other combustion units that burn those materials will henceforth be required to meet even more rigid emissions requirements, jeopardizing many highly successful national recycling programs.
EPA officials have estimated that the capital cost of implementing these rules will be $9.5 billion, but a recent study prepared by IHS Global Insight puts the figure at $20 billion. The precise cost of these stringent rules may still be unknown, but they will undoubtedly impose significant new regulatory costs on employers and small businesses that could lead to factory closures and job losses. A study by the American Forest and Paper Association concluded that the Boiler MACT rules put more than 20,000 forest industry jobs at risk – 18 percent of the entire workforce at U.S. pulp and paper mills.
The EPA Regulatory Relief Act would alleviate the excessive regulatory burden placed on employers by the EPA’s Boiler MACT rules by replacing them with sensible, achievable rules that do not destroy jobs.
H.R. 2250 would provide a legislative stay of four interrelated Environmental Protection Agency rules, commonly referred to as the “Boiler MACT rules,” that govern emissions of mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from approximately 200,000 boilers and incinerators nationwide. These rules are:
The bill would also provide for the replacement of the Boiler MACT rules. Specifically, H.R. 2250 would require the Administrator of the EPA to promulgate, 15 months from the date of enactment, new regulations for industrial, commercial, and institutional boilers and process heaters and commercial and industrial solid waste incinerator units. These new rules must:
The bill would extend the compliance period for employers for at least five years, based on real world considerations. Specifically, H.R. 2250 would require the EPA Administrator to establish compliance dates for these standards after considering compliance costs, non-air quality health and environmental impacts and energy requirements, the feasibility of implementation, the availability of equipment, suppliers, and labor, and potential net employment impacts.
The bill would also set forth guidelines for such rules and regulations, including requiring the Administrator to:
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing H.R. 2250 would have a net cost of $1 million over the next five years. Enacting this legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.
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