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ICAC Roundtable: Collaborating for Sound, Flexible Policies

Posted By Betsy Natz, Thursday, February 5, 2015
Updated: Thursday, February 5, 2015

What is one of the best ways to promote collaboration across the industry? Roundtable meetings.


In last week’s blog, we took a look at 2015 to focus in on where we’re headed as an organization, and industry. And with all of the changes on the horizon, finding ways to generate collaboration within the air pollution control arena will become crucial to our success. With that in mind, ICAC is taking the initiative to lead this concerted effort, welcoming both members and newcomers to take part in the regulatory development discussion during our Annual Meeting feature event on April 22, 2015: ICAC Roundtable: Understanding the Impacts of Regulations.

Together, we’ll explore the complicated maze of federal and state agencies, talking through the reasons why close participation with federal and state agencies will provide your company with benefits including the ability to forecast revenue and earnings flow, and the rebutting of inaccurate or old information that agencies or contracted third parties may have. Throughout the Roundtable session, we’ll also take a deeper dive into the regulatory process, outlining current emissions limitation provisions for pollutants, and discussing best practices for working with EPA, state agencies, and peripheral third parties.


We encourage you to join us for this opportunity to share ideas and foster partnerships with fellow colleagues and representatives from across the air pollution control and monitoring technology sector. Participating in this important dialogue, will help our industry take the practical and effective steps needed to implement best practices and take action on the right regulations, at the right time. 

Tags:  air quality  clean air technologies  EPA  pollution control 

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New Year, New Developments: A Look at 2015

Posted By Betsy Natz, Friday, January 30, 2015
Updated: Friday, January 30, 2015

With every New Year comes new, clean air initiatives and technologies.

In our case, these new initiatives and clean air technologies mean a more successful year as an organization, and industry. But our efforts don’t stop at new technologies, there’s much, much more to be done on our part. Together, we must continue to make strides toward limiting emissions and creating more flexible and sound clean air policies.  

As leaders in the air pollution control sector, we’ll look back at 2014 as a time filled with control and monitoring system development while looking forward to a fresh start and a new year of innovative technological evolution. Here’s what we can expect for 2015:

  • Carbon Pollution Rule
    While the EPA prepares its final rules on carbon pollution, we look forward to “mid-summer” updates on regulations covering new, existing and modified power plants. These new regulations help lay the foundation for Obama's Climate Action Plan and will help set emissions limits for power plants across the nation.

  • Methane Reduction Plan
    A methane reduction plan is in the works, including direct regulations on emissions wells from new oil and natural gas. As a critical component of President Obama’s goal to reduce emissions by as much as 45 percent by 2025, the EPA has noted the possibility of directly regulating methane emissions from existing oil and gas wells in the future.

  • New National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)
    Proposed by the EPA, a new ozone national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) may be in the pipeline for us, featuring between 65 parts per billion and 70 ppb. But that’s not all, the EPA will take comments on the current standard of 75 ppb, or lowering the standard to 60 ppb. The final rule is expected by early October.

While these are just a few of the many initiatives for 2015 put forth to help lead the efforts to improve air quality, this year’s regulatory agenda will play an integral role in the progression of our monitoring and control systems for years to come. 

Check back here for updates to keep up with the latest movements on industry regulations. Learn how to get involved in the discussion and join our efforts as we work for a cleaner, healthier tomorrow.

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Tags:  air quality  clean air technologiesclean power plan  EPA  pollution control 

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Will you join us in the Clean Power Plan discussion?

Posted By Betsy Natz, Thursday, December 18, 2014
Updated: Thursday, December 18, 2014
How are you taking action? As the voice for our industry, we work to engage in events that will push our issues front and center, where it counts. 
Most recently, our organization, provided comments to the Federal EPA in response to the Clean Power Plan:
  • ICAC urged the EPA to reconsider the section of the proposed regulation on heat rate improvement, 
  • ICAC disagreed with the EPA’s proposal to increase the Natural Gas Combined Cycle capacity factor from 48% to 70%,
  • And more.
Last week the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a press release announcing a series of conferences aimed at discussing and collecting input on compliance with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan rule. These events will begin with a Commission-led National Overview session at FERC headquarters on February 19, 2015 and will continue to St. Louis, Denver, and Washington, DC. 
We welcome these opportunities to provide advice and comments on the Clean Power Plan and encourage those across the industry to also provide feedback through these forums. Attending these events will help us have a stronger voice on energy policy development. Your participation will also help ensure that the nation’s energy markets and infrastructure adapt to support compliance with the proposed Clean Power Plan. Will you join us?

Tags:  clean power plan  EPA 

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