WASHINGTON (May 16, 2011)—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking additional public comment and further information on the final emissions standards for industrial boilers and solid waste incinerators it issued in February. The EPA said it will accept comments and additional data until July 15.
As part of the reconsideration process, the agency will issue a stay postponing the effective dates of the standards, it said.
The process of paying close consideration to public comments, and to the costs and benefits of a regulation is consistent with President Obama's directives as set out in Executive Order 13563 issued Jan. 18, the agency said.
The EPA said it made extensive changes to its April 2010 proposed rules after it received more than 4,800 comments from businesses and communities.
One of the changes the agency made was to delete a proposal requiring that scrap tires must be processed to remove all metal, which would have made processing tires for tire-derived fuel prohibitively expensive. All sectors of the tire industry applauded the change.