ICAC submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency on its proposed reconsideration of the new unit emission limitations in the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule. EPA is expected to issue a final rule in March.
EPA originally issued the final MATS on December 16, 2011. Subsequently, the regulation was subject to several legal and administrative challenges. The administrative challenges are called petitions for reconsideration. ICAC submitted a petition for reconsideration over the mercury emission limitation for new coal-fired units that will burn bituminous or sub-bituminous coal, recommending that "ICAC believes that a level of 3.0E-3 lb/GWh would yield the necessary level of assurance that plant operators require and that our industry can support through vendor guarantees." EPA had finalized a 2.0E-4 lb/GWh standard (30-day rolling average).
Betsy Natz, ICAC Executive Director, said that ICAC "is fully supportive of EPA’s proposed revision.” For questions, call Doug Austin, ICAC Director of Government Affairs at (202) 367-1114; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.