ICAC prepares a weekly newsletter to its members with timely summaries and links to important topics that affect the air pollution control industry. These reports provide detailed information on national and state environmental policy decisions, legislative actions, air pollution control industry trends, allowance market trends, and notes concerning upcoming ICAC activities and opportunities for members.
ICAC produces whitepapers, buyers guides and other publications on an ongoing basis in response to member or other stakeholder interest on specific topics. These publications often set the industry standard by providing specific guidance to clients and vendors. The whitepapers are written by member companies on a consensus basis and are published by the association for distribution by ICAC and its member companies. Many ICAC publications are available to members free of charge.
EPA establishes national technology-based regulations, called effluent limitations guidelines and standards, to reduce discharges of pollutants from industries to waters of the U.S. These requirements are incorporated into National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) discharge permits issued by EPA, and States, and through the national pretreatment program. The steam electric effluent limitations guidelines and standards apply to steam electric power plants using nuclear or fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas. There are about 1,200 nuclear- and fossil-fueled steam electric power plants nationwide; approximately 500 of these power plants are coal-fired. In a study completed in 2009, EPA found that the current regulations, which were last updated in 1982, do not adequately address the pollutants being discharged, and have not kept pace with changes that have occurred in the electric power industry over the last three decades. The rulemaking may address discharges associated with coal ash waste and flue gas desulfurization (FGD) air pollution controls, as well as other power plant waste streams. Power plant discharges can have major impacts on water quality, including reduced organism abundance and species diversity, contamination of drinking water sources, and other effects. Pollutants of concern include metals (e.g., mercury, arsenic, and selenium), nutrients, and total dissolved solids. The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on June 7, 2013 (Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards for the Steam Electric Power Generating Point Source Category, 78 FR 34431).
ICAC has released its 2014 Market Study. Most technology sectors of the overall industry will increase significantly during this period primarily due to the upcoming compliance with the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards rule by the power sector. In contrast to earlier ICAC market forecasts, this year ICAC used a sector-based bottom-up approach that identifies specific projects and estimates the technology and scope based upon regulatory requirements. The complete study is available to ICAC regular members at no charge and, $950 for ICAC Associate members and $2,200 for non-members.