Environmental Protection Agency: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants from Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units and Standards of Performance for Fossil-Fuel-Fired Electric Utility, Industrial-Commercial-Institutional, and Small Industrial-Commercial-Institutional Steam Generating Units
GAO-12-489R: Mar 2, 2012
GAO reviewed the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new rule on the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units and standards of performance for fossil-fuel-fired electric utility, industrial-commercial-institutional, and small industrial-commercial-institutional steam generating units. GAO found that (1) the final rule revises standards of performance in response to a voluntary remand of a final rule. Specifically, EPA is amending new source performance standards (NSPS) after analysis of the public comments it received. EPA is also finalizing several minor amendments, technical clarifications, and corrections to existing NSPS provisions for fossil fuel-fired electric generating units (EGUs) and large and small industrial-commercial-institutional steam generating units. Additionally, the final rule establishes national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants that will require coal- and oil-fired EGUs to meet hazardous air pollutant (HAP) standards reflecting the application of the maximum achievable control technology. The final rule protects air quality and promotes public health by reducing emissions of the HAP listed in the Clean Air Act section 112(b)(1); and (2) EPA complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.