Boiler Compliance Notification Deadlines Extended to Jan. 20 Reply

Boiler Compliance at Area Sources Initial Notification Date
Extended to January 20, 2014

On December 20, 2012 (published in 1 February 2013 Federal Register), the EPA finalized the changes to the Clean Air Act for area source boilers (40 CFR 63 subpart JJJJJJ).   On the same date (published in 31 January 2013 Federal Register), the EPA finalized the changes for major source boilers (40 CFR 63 subpart DDDDD). 

Area sources are commercial (hotels, restaurants, laundries), institutional (schools, churches, medical centers, municipal buildings) or industrial (manufacturing, refining, processing, mining) facilities that emit or have the potential to emit less than 10 tons per year of a single hazardous air pollutant, or less than 25 tons per year of combined hazardous air pollutants.  Affected boilers at these sites are as follows:

  • Boilers used to provide electricity, steam, and/or hot water
  • An existing boiler that commenced construction or reconstruction on or before June 4, 2010
  • A new boiler that commenced construction or reconstruction after  June 4, 2010 and met the applicability criteria at the start of construction
  • Boilers that fire coal, biomass, or oil
  • Dual fuel-fired boilers
  • Boilers that are seasonal, limited use, use an oxygen trim system to maintain an optimal air/fuel ratio, or oil-fired boilers with a heat input capacity equal to or less that 5 mmBtu per hour

It should be noted that the regulatory requirements vary based on the type of boiler listed above, but initial notification is required of all types covered under this regulation.  Under the rule, nearly all boilers will be required to follow work practice standards, such as annual tune-ups.  Only a very few will be required to have emission limits.

Changes to the standard included an extension for certain deadlines.  The new deadlines are listed below:

  • January 20, 2014 – Initial notification (requires a form to be completed) for existing sources
  • March 21, 2014 – Initial tune-ups required;  a recent tune-up meets the requirement
  • July 19, 2014 – Completion of notification of compliance status (NOCS); use the Compliance and Emissions Data Reporting Interface (CEDRI)

Note that for boilers, considered major sources, compliance begins in 2016, planning should, however, begin now.

For further information on this rule, or assistance with notifications and compliance, please contact Robert Tekach at 508-970-0033 ext. 133 or rtekach@capaccio.com.

EPA’s Revised GHG Rule for Electronics and Semiconductor Manufacturers Reply

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a pre-published version of their revised Greenhouse Gas reporting rule for electronics and semiconductor manufacturers(40 CFR Part 98 Subpart I). There are many changes in this revision that will reduce the QA/QC requirements of the rule.

The major highlights include modifications to the apportioning model requirement as well as the addition of a stack testing option for reporting emissions. For those facilities that track actual gas consumption, the apportioning model will no longer be required. However, for the facilities that will still need the apportioning model to track their gas usage, the verification standard used to measure actual gas usage from modeled gas usage will be increased from 5 percent to 20 percent. The stack testing option is an alternative method for calculating process gas emissions in place of the standard calculations provided by the subpart.

As the regulation is effective January 2014, RY2013 reporting will not be affected. The regulation will affect 2014 reporting which will be submitted in 2015.

If you have any questions, or require more information or assistance, please contact John Baycroft at 508.970.0033 ext. 144 or jbaycroft@capaccio.com.

Highlights of EPA’s 2013 Proposed Multi-Sector General Permit Reply

There are not a lot of changes between the 2008 Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) and the proposed 2013 MSGP. The draft 2013 MSGP includes mostly modified requirements from the 2008 MSGP. Following are the most significant changes.

Inspections and Annual Report

Draft 2013 MSGP: No requirement for an annual comprehensive site inspection; Perform quarterly facility inspections and summarize those results in the annual report; Annual report summarizing previous year’s activities – submitted electronically by January 30 of each year

2008 MSGP: Routine Facility inspections must be conducted at least quarterly;
Annual Comprehensive Site Inspection conducted by September 29 each year and submit a report to the EPA annual within 45 days of the inspection

Public availability

Information about a facility’s Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3) must be available to the public
o A facility can post its SWP3 online and provide a URL when submitting its Notice of Intent
o Or the facility can provide the following on the Notice of Intent (NOI) application:
 Description of onsite industrial activities exposed to stormwater and potential spill and leak areas
 List of pollutants associated with each industrial activity exposed to stormwater
 Description of control measures
 Schedule for good housekeeping, maintenance, and required inspections

Electronic Reporting

The draft 2013 MSGP requires that all NOIs, Notices of Termination (NOTs), annual reports, Discharge Monitoring Reports (DMRs), and certain other reporting information be submitted electronically, unless the operator has received a waiver from the EPA Regional office. Waivers are only granted for a one-time use for a single information submittal.

Allowable Non-Stormwater Discharges

Previous permits authorized wash water to be discharged as long as there were no detergents or toxic/hazardous spill material present in the discharge. In addition to detergents, hazardous cleaning products have been specifically prohibited from being discharged under the 2013 MSGP. Washwaters that have come into contact with oil and grease deposits or any other toxic or hazardous materials have been prohibited, unless the deposits have been cleaned up using dry clean-up methods.

Endangered Species Requirements

The procedures operators are required follow to establish their eligibility with regard to protection of threatened and endangered species and critical habitat (Appendix E and Part 1.1.4.5) has been revised to be consistent with the Endangered Species Act.

EPA is now requiring the process be documented by filling out and submitting a worksheet. All operators seeking coverage under the 2013 MSGP must make their eligibility determination in accordance with the requirements in the new permit. Operators cannot check the same criteria they selected in the 2008 MSGP without following the procedures in Appendix E.

Historic Properties Preservation

Appendix F includes a more detailed procedure for determining operator eligibility regarding historic properties in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act. All operators seeking coverage under the draft 2013 MSGP must make their eligibility determination in accordance with the requirements in the new permit. Operators cannot check the same criteria they selected in the 2008 MSGP without following the procedures in Appendix F.

Corrective Action

The draft 2013 MSGP includes additional specificity with regard to what is considered to be an adequate corrective action. Corrective action steps are now required to be taken immediately in order to ensure that pollutant discharges are minimized. Subsequent action must be taken to install a new or modified control and make operational, or complete the repair, before the next storm event if possible, and within 14 calendar days from the discovery of the condition.

Discharges to a Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) Site

The draft 2013 MSGP makes facilities discharging to CERCLA sites as defined in Appendix A and listed in Appendix P ineligible for coverage under the permit unless the applicable EPA Regional Office has determined that the facility is eligible for permit coverage. In determining eligibility for coverage, the EPA Regional Office may evaluate whether the facility has included appropriate controls and implementation procedures designed to ensure that the discharge will not lead to recontamination of aquatic media at the CERCLA Site.

Below is the link to the Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) MSGP for Stormwater Discharges From Industrial Activities that was published in the federal register on September 27, 2013:

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2013/09/27/2013-23660/draft-national-pollutant-discharge-elimination-system-npdes-general-permit-for-stormwater-discharges

Comments must be submitted to the EPA within 60 days.

For more information on the draft notice from the EPA, or for assistance with your permit, please contact Colleen Walsh at 508.970.0033 ext. 129 or cwalsh@capaccio.com or Lucy Servidio at 508.970.0033 ext. 114 or lservidio@capaccio.com.

EPA Proposes Re-issuance of General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Industrial Activities Reply

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed the reissuance of a National Pollutant Elimination System (NPDES) general stormwater permit from industrial activities. The 2013 Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) is mostly similar to the 2008 MSGP however there have been changes to clarify and streamline the permit and address errors. The comment period ends November 27, 2013.

Expiration of the 2008 MSGP

The 2008 MSGP expired at midnight on September 29, 2013. A new permit to replace it has not been issued. Facilities that obtained coverage under the 2008 MSGP prior to its expiration are automatically granted an administrative continuance of permit coverage. The administrative continuance will remain in effect until a new permit is issued. Those facilities already covered under the 2008 MSGP are not required to submit a new Notice of Intent (NOI) for permit coverage until the MSGP is reissued, and must continue to comply with all of the requirements in the 2008 permit, including requirements for monitoring and reporting.

EPA has issued a memorandum concerning new facilities that begin discharging stormwater associated with industrial activity after September 29, 2013. This memorandum provides a “no action assurance” for the new facilities that comply with the requirements of the 2008 MSGP, subject to particular terms and conditions as set forth in the memorandum. Until the new MSGP is issued, new facilities are unable to file an NOI for coverage under the expired MSGP. Therefore, information for coverage of these new facilities under the terms of the 2008 MSGP is included in this link http://www.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/sw_msgp_naa.pdf

At this time EPA expects to reissue the MSGP in the spring of 2014. At that time all facilities desiring coverage under the MSGP, including those with administrative continuance under the 2008 MSGP, will need to submit NOIs for permit coverage.

Please visit EPA’s website to download the proposed permit and fact sheets. http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/msgp.cfm

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Lucy Servidio at 508-970-0033 ext. 114 or lservidio@capaccio.com or Colleen Walsh at 508.970.0033 ext. 129 or cwalsh@capaccio.com.