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Comments to EPA on reconsideration of Boiler MACT

February 21, 2012

Boiler MACT regulations will take harmful soot out of the air as well as mercury and other heavy metals. It will have a significant positive effect on respiratory and cardiovascular health. But EPA is currently reconsidering some of the rule it deems shaky.

We think the agency should use this opportunity to improve the rule’s economic efficiency and maximize the benefits to the American public. There is definitely room to tighten some of the elements to improve results.

The term “cost-effective energy conservation measure” could certainly use further clarification and more targeted application. Its definition is flimsy which can lead to confusion and under-compliance. This could take some of the bite out of a regulation that is slated to save lives and millions of dollars each year.

Today, Policy Integrity submitted comments to EPA making these recommendations.

Filed under Environmental Health, Public Comments