WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a timeline for reconsideration of its controversial air toxics standards for boilers and certain incinerators, including operations that burn wood waste.

EPA is readdressing the so-called MACT Boiler Rule as part of a filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

EPA said in a press release, "To ensure that the agency’s standards are based on the best available data and the public is given ample opportunity to provide additional input and information, the agency will propose standards to be reconsidered by the end of October 2011 and issue final standards by the end of April 2012. This is the best approach to put in place technically and legally sound standards that will bring significant health benefits to the American public."

Following the April 2010 proposals, EPA said it received more than 4,800 comments from businesses and communities, including a significant amount of information that industry had not provided prior to the proposals. Based on this input, EPA said it made extensive revisions that resulted in "dramatic cuts in the cost of implementation," while maintaining maximum public health benefits. Because the final standards significantly differ from the proposal, however, EPA said it believed further public review was required and announced it would reconsider the standards.

Posted by Rich Christianson

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