Three Important Issues

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Courtesy of Waste Advantage Magazine

With a reliable and custom summary of environmental regulations that addresses ONLY THOSE REGULATIONS THAT HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO IMPACT YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS, you can address issues upfront and aggressively, resulting in more time available to run your business effectively and without environmental compliance issues.

Tracking Environmental Regulations Un often be a backburner chore for environmental managers, especially environmental managers in the waste industry where daily environmental compliance can be more than an 8 to 5 job. Picture this, it's 5f01 pm and you made it through the day meeting all of your environmental compliance obligations, but you still need to check the Federal Register and your State Web site for environmental notices that could be applicable to you. You look at the Federal Register notices, see that it includes a page and a half of notices, and decide that you will follow up with it tomorrow. Except that the next day brings chaos and before you know it you have multiple days of notices to review. If this scenario mirrors any of your recent weeks, you may have missed these three important air issues.

Air Regulations for RICE Units
How many of you have reciprocating internal combustion engines, or RICE units at your facility? These RICE units serve a variety of roles, including emergency and limited-use purposes. Are you aware that these RICE units are subject to federal New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standards under the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) regulations? If you are under the impression that your facility is too small, your operations are too minor or your RICE unit must be too old to fall under these two regulatory programs, you could be seriously mistaken. A summary of some key RICE unit NSPS and MACT applicability criteria are presented below.

The NSPS requirements apply to compression ignition (CI) and spark ignition (SI) RICE units, 40 CFR Part 60 Subpart IIII and JJJJ, respectively. The CI NSPS apply to owners and operators of RICE units as follows:

  • CI RICE units ordered after July 11, 2005 and manufactured after April 1, 2006 (except that fire pump engines have a manufacture date of July 1, 2006).
  • CI RICE units modified/reconstructed after July 11,2005.

The SI NSPS apply to owners and operators of RICE units as follows:

  • Greater than or equal to 500 hp SI RICE units ordered after June 12, 2006 and manufactured on/ after July 1, 2007, except for lean burn SI RICE units greater than or equal to 500 and less than 1,350 hp which have on/after January 1, 2008 manufacture dates.
  • Less than 500 hp SI RICE units ordered after June 12, 2006 and which have on/after July 1, 2008 manufacture dates.
  • Emergency use RICE units equal to or greater than 130 hp ordered after June 12, 2006 and manufactured prior to January 1, 2009.
  • Emergency use RICE units greater than 25 and less than 130 hp ordered after June 12, 2006 and manufactured on/after January 1, 2009.
  • SI RICE units modified/reconstructed after June 12, 2006.

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