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October 20, 2014

Majority of Senators Seek to Extend Comment Period on Clan Power Plan 

In a September 11 letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, fifty-three senators asked EPA to extend the public comment period on the proposed Clean Power Plan by 60 days.  The senators, led by Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), said that an additional 60 days is warranted due to the complexity of the agency's proposal.  The senators join several states and industry groups that have also asked EPA to extend its comment period.  However, an EPA spokeswoman said that the agency currently has no plans to extend the comment period.  To see the letter, go to

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EPA Proposes to Prevent Affirmative Defenses in SIPs 

In a supplemental proposed rule signed September 5, EPA is proposing to no longer allow state implementation plans (SIPs) to include an affirmative defense provision protecting facilities from civil penalties for violations that occur during malfunctions.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down an affirmative defense provision included in EPA's air toxics standards for cement kilns earlier this year.  The rulemaking would make “findings of substantial inadequacy” for states who have SIPs that are inconsistent with how the Clean Air Act and EPA regulations require excess emissions during startup, shutdown and malfunction to be handled, and EPA would issue a “SIP call” to states that would require the states to rectify the deficiencies in their implementation plans.  The Sierra Club petitioned the EPA in June 2011 to make a determination that 39 state implementation plans didn't adequately address startup, shutdown and malfunction.  Under the amended consent decree, EPA will issue a final rule by May 22, and affected states will have 18 months to revise their SIPs after EPA issues the final rule. 



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Expand Your Membership Organization: Free Copy of Market Study

At the ICAC Board of Directors meeting held on July 29, 2014, the Board Working Group that has been formed to help sell ICAC, proposed to provide incentives to those that help expand our organization’s membership through their new-member recruitment efforts.

As an organization representing companies in the air pollution control and monitoring industry, it’s crucial that we expand our membership reach and share our message, so that we can assist in developing and shaping legislation that impacts the future of our member-companies’ technologies.

We welcome you to participate in our first-ever of its kind, Membership Recruitment Program. By recruiting a new ICAC member you can receive one of the following:

  • A free copy of the 2014 Market Study  or those members of the ICAC not already eligible.
  • A credit valued at $250 for Associate Members to be applied toward your attendance at the ICAC Annual Meeting
  • A credit valued at $500 for Regular Members to be applied toward your attendance at the ICAC Annual Meeting

Help us strengthen our organization so that we can offer our members the most valuable experience available to those in our industry. For more information, please contact Betsy Natz at or (571) 858-3708.

ICAC 2015 Annual Meeting, Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort SC – April 22 - 25

ICAC is busy preparing for our upcoming Annual Meeting to be held at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort in Hilton Head, SC.  Below is the list of speakers ICAC is inviting to this year’s meeting

Governor Nikki Haley South Carolina; Michael Ball, Editor, Argus Media; Jeff Holmstead, Attorney, Bracewell & Guiliani; Mark Drajem, Energy & Environment Markets Reporter, Bloomberg News; Patrick McCormick, Special Counsel to Senator Lisa Murkowski; Susan Wood, Sterling Valuation Group; Lonnie N. Carter, President and Chief Executive Officer, Santee Cooper; Phil Moeller, Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; National Energy Technology Laboratory; Steve Nadel, Executive Director, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE); SC Department of Natural Resources and other key speakers from our industrial sector.

ICAC Organizes Workgroups -Consider Signing Up

ICAC has organized a number of workgroups (see listing and descriptions below) focused on different topics that are of interest to our membership.  Please let us know if you would like to participate to:  Allison Yeates at or 571-858-3707.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Quality

ICAC will be meeting with the state of New Jersey November 24 to share advances in SCR technology for waste water treatment operations, bio accumulation, landfills, biogas from digesters. Essentially all non-commercial burning operations. For more information please contact Betsy Natz at or 571-858-3708.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality 

ICAC is in the process of organizing a meeting with the state of Texas to discuss issues of importance to the TCEQ.  A call is being organized with TCEQ to develop an agenda for the training session. TCEQ has indicated that they are primarily interested in learning about air pollution control technologies for ozone/NOx and VOC’s. For more information please contact Betsy Natz at or 571-858-3708.

Petroleum Refineries Air Toxics Proposed Rule 

On June 30, EPA finally published the proposed refinery MACT Residual and Technology Risk Review (RTR) rule in the Federal Register (79 FR 36880).  This is a major RTR proposal, and comments are due by October 28th (recently extended).

The RTR is the result of EPA’s evaluation of two MACT standards – Petroleum Refineries (Refinery MACT 1) and Petroleum Refineries: Catalytic Cracking Units, Catalytic Reforming Units and Sulfur Recovery Units (Refinery MACT 2).  Among the provisions are requirements that refineries monitor their emissions at multiple fenceline locations to assess benzene concentrations, revisions to the operational requirements of flares to improve their combustion efficiency and other requirements.

A workgroup has been created to determine if ICAC should file comments on the proposed rule.  Please contact Doug Austin at for more information.

Mercury Control Division Forms Installations Subgroup 

A subgroup has been formed to create a template for developing a list of mercury control installations, and had its first call on 10/6. This list is of particular interest to the International Energy Agency in light of the ratification and implementation of the Minimata Convention to control mercury releases to the environment.  Please contact Doug Austin at if you are interested in joining the subgroup.

Mercury Division Workgroup Starts White Paper on Dry Sorbent Handling

The Mercury Control Division has started a white paper on dry sorbent handling with Heather Byrne, Carbonxt, as the workgroup leader.  Writing assignments have been made to workgroup members, and the next call is scheduled for October 23rd at 11:00AM-12:00PM (ET).

ICAC Forms Comments Workgroup for Proposed Clean Power Plan

We have formed a comments workgroup.  Comments due December 1st.

Upcoming Division Calls 

  • Emissions Measurement Division Call: 10/14/14 @ 11:30AM – 12:30PM (ET)
  • Power Division Call: 10/15/14 @ 11:00AM – 12:00PM (ET)
  • Mercury Division Call: 11/17/14 @ 2:00PM – 3:00PM

The dial-in number is (712)-775-7031, meeting ID: 170-109-087 for all of the calls.  (If you have trouble with the dial-in number, please dial (951)-262-7373, then the original dial-in number and the original meeting ID listed above.)

Update On Division Activities 

In an effort to keep the entire membership updated with all the division activities, we would like to share the minutes from the past division conference calls.

REMINDER - Sign up for ICAC's Technical Divisions

Periodically we remind ICAC members to sign up for technical divisions to take part in various division activities such as writing white papers or submitting comments to EPA. Please get involved by following the procedures below.

To sign up for a Technical Division please sign in to the ICAC password protected website and click 'Divisions & Committees' under the 'Members Only' Drop down menu. Click on the Division title you would like to sign up for and click 'Join Group'. If you have any questions please email

NFPA Changes Language Based on ICAC Comments 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has proposed changing language in NFPA 652 to exclude a needless description that implied that activated carbon storage is a "notorious” self-heater during extended bulk storage conditions.  At the suggestion of Mercury Control Division Co-Chair Sheila Glesmann, ADA-CS, to submit comments, ICAC formed a comments workgroup and submitted the comments in November.  NFPA considered the comments, and Sheila presented the case to the NFPA committee via conference call.  Our thanks to Sheila and the comments workgroup members for identifying and following up on the issue to the satisfactory conclusion. 

Mercury Control Division Releases White Paper on Mercury Re-Emission Issue 

The Mercury Control Division has finished the white paper on mercury re-emission from coal-fired power plants with FGD systems.  Our thanks to Workgroup Leader Dr. Bruce Keiser, Nalco, An Ecolab Company, for his diligence and hard work throughout the process, and the other workgroup contributors.  Click here to view the press release.  Click here to view the White Paper on the ICAC website.






2014 Market Study

We are pleased to announce that the 2014 ICAC Market Study has been completed and was released Monday, August 25, 2014.  Andover Technology Partners was selected to conduct this year’s report.Complimentary copies were mailed to all Regular and top tier Associate Members in good standing (with whom have paid their membership dues) on Monday, August 25, 2014. Other Associate Members and non-members can purchase a copy of the report for $950 and $2,200, respectively.  If you have any questions, please contact Betsy Natz at or (571) 858-3708.

Click here to order your 2014 Market Study.


ICAC Board of Directors Approves New Membership Campaign

As part of a broader membership recruitment effort, the ICAC Board agreed to offer current members of the ICAC incentive for bringing in new members.

For more information, see the "Expand Your Membership Organization: Participate in the ICAC Recruitment Program” story below.



The Emissions Measurement and Industrial Division have scheduled our roundtables for December 4, 2014 in Research Triangle Park, NC.  More details to follow.


Upcoming ICAC Meetings/Conference Calls


Emissions Measurement Division Call


Power Division Call


Division Chairs Call


Board of Directors Meeting


Division Chairs Webinar


Mercury Division Call


New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Meeting


Emissions Measurement & Industrial Division Roundtables at EPA’s RTP


Mercury Division Meeting


Board of Directors Meeting

4/22/15 - 4/25/15

2015 Annual Meeting, Hilton Head, SC

 TBD Training Session - Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

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