The EPA has issued two rules governing Major and Minor (Area) Sources of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) for commercial and industrial boilers. Collectively, these rules have been commonly referred to Boiler MACT rules. These rules may impact your facility if you burn fuel oil, biomass, or coal and are a commercial or industrial operation.
Major Sources are those that have the potential to emit 10 tons per year of any single HAP or 25 tons per year of any combination of HAP. Area Sources are any Sources that are not Major Sources. In some cases, the rules place numerical limits on Particulate Matter, Hydrogen Chloride, Mercury, and/or Carbon Monoxide. Depending on size and classification, boilers may be required to have annual, biennial, or 5-year tune-ups. The rules also require a one time energy assessment for existing boilers at Major Source facilities and existing boilers over 10 mmBtu/hr at Area Source facilities.
WESEE provides consulting services to help you navigate compliance under the Boiler MACT rules. WESEE will help you develop a strategy that considers all compliance options to identify the most cost effective compliance strategy. Please feel free to contact us anytime discuss the implications of these rules for your facility.
Additional information from the EPA can be found at the following links:
Compliance for Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Area Source Boilers
Small Entity Compliance Guide for Major Source Boilers and Process Heaters
WESEE Boiler MACT Compliance Services
Whether your facility is large or small, WESEE can provide services tailored to meet your needs and budget. WESEE will review your facility’s overall emissions and assist you in development and implementation of the most cost effective compliance strategy. Compliance strategies may include: operating restrictions, fuel switching, modification of combustion equipment, upgrade or modification of emission controls, and/or other methods. WESEE offers a full range of services to assist you in complying with the Area Source and Major Source rules, including:
• Identification of your facilities classification and subcategory
• Filing of notifications
• Compliance services for work practice standards (boiler tune-ups)
• Development of site specific testing and monitoring plans
• Performance of energy assessments
• Initial setup of reporting and record keeping procedures to ensure ease
of compliance for owners over time
Depending on the overall facility emissions, and combustion unit size, type, and age, a one-time Energy Assessment may be required. WESEE provides Energy Assessments for commercial and industrial clients, and has a history of identifying practical projects providing energy savings, operating cost reductions, and emission reductions. WESEE Energy Assessments satisfy EPA Major Source and Area Source rule requirements and typically include:
• An onsite equipment inspection and evaluation
• Development of the energy conservation measures
• Technical and financial analysis of the energy conservation measures
• A report detailing the findings of the assessment
WESEE utilizes state of the art equipment to provide a detailed understanding of your facility’s energy needs. Capabilities include non-invasive monitoring of Btu usage for hot water and steam systems, current and voltage monitoring, infrared thermography, and flue gas/boiler efficiency monitoring. WESEE’s equipment includes the Flexim Fluxus F601 ultrasonic flowmeter, FLIR E4 thermal camera, and Testo 340 flue gas analyzer.