February 24th, 2011 -- This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released a news report that the “EPA Establishes Clean Air Act Standards for Boilers and Incinerators.” According to the release, “In response to federal court orders requiring the issuance of final standards, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing final Clean Air Act standards for boilers and certain incinerators that achieve significant public health protections through reductions in toxic air emissions, including mercury and soot, but cut the cost of implementation by about 50 percent from an earlier proposal issued last year.”
The EPA reports that approximately 200,000 boilers are located at small and large sources of air toxic emissions across the United States. The EPA states that, “Mercury, soot, lead and other harmful pollutants released by boilers and incinerators can lead to developmental disabilities in children, as well as cancer, heart disease, aggravated asthma and premature death in Americans. These standards will avoid between 2,600–6,600 premature deaths, prevent 4,100 heart attacks and avert 42,000 asthma attacks per year in 2014.”
It has also been reported that the EPA is finalizing emission standards for sewage sludge incinerators. Close to 200 of these exist across the country.
EMSL Analytical helps owners of incinerators and boilers test for harmful materials that can impact the environment and people’s health. “These new EPA standards take into account both costs and people’s health,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical. “The EPA states that they believe that for every dollar spent to cut these pollutants will result in the public seeing $10 to $24 in health benefits. At EMSL Analytical we can help the thousands of impacted businesses and institutions by offering testing services for everything from air emissions of heavy metals such as mercury to soot.”
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