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EPA seeks comments on reconsideration of RICE rule provisions


From the September 6, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published September 6, 2013

By Robert Varela
Editorial Director

The Environmental Protection Agency has asked for comments on a notice of reconsideration of three provisions of its final rule setting standards for emissions of hazardous air pollutants from Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE). The notice in the Sept. 5 Federal Register sets a deadline for comments of either Nov. 4, or 30 days after a public hearing (whichever is later). If a request for a public hearing is filed by Sept. 25, a public hearing will be held on Oct. 7, EPA said.

The three issues that EPA will reconsider are:
•    the timing of a requirement that certain emergency backup generators that operate for more than 15 hours per year use ultra low-sulfur diesel beginning in 2015;
•    the timing and information required in annual reports for operators of RICE units that operate, or commit to operate, for more than 15 hours per year; and
•    conditions for operation of RICE units for up to 50 hours per year for non-emergencies as part of a financial arrangement with another entity.

EPA is seeking comment only on the three issues and will not respond to any comments addressing other issues or provisions of the final rule. EPA said it plans to issue a final decision on these issues as expeditiously as possible. APPA intends to file comments.

 

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