|WEFTEC has shown continual growth for both the technical program and exhibition. WEFTEC features a world-class technical program of nearly 150 technical sessions with over 1,000 presentations, 20+ workshops, several local facility tours, and various high-profile events. In addition, an estimated 980 exhibitors will occupy more than 285,000 net square feet of space on the show floor. WEFTEC 2013 will be held at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, October 5 to 9.|
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EPA And Industry Fail To Settle Waste Unit Risk Policy Fight
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and industry groups including cement producers have failed to settle a permit dispute that is testing whether the agency has the authority to require operators of hazardous waste combustion units to conduct risk assessments that can be used to strengthen emissions limits for mercury and other pollutants when renewing the facilities' existing waste and air permits. Negotiations stalled during a meeting in November 2013 between EPA lawyers and cement kiln operators at EPA's Region V offices, according to an 8 January 2014 status report the parties filed with the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB). Litigation will continue on 20 February 2014.
EPA Publishes Final Boiler MACT And Other Rules - Compliance Dates Set
On January 31, 2013, U.S. EPA published the final Boiler MACT in the Federal Register. This sets the existing source compliance date as January 31, 2016.
EPA Reopens Public Comment Period On Reconsideration Of Startup And Shutdown Provisions
EPA is reopening, for 60 days, the public comment period on the startup and shutdown provisions included in the November 2012 proposed updates to pollution limits for new power plants under Mercury and Air Toxics Standards.
EPA Updates The Mercury And Air Toxics Standards For New Power Plants
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated emission limits for new power plants under the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS). The updates only apply to future power plants; do not change the types of state-of-the-art pollution controls that they are expected to install; and will not significantly change costs or public health benefits of the rule.
EPA Finally Amends Its Boiler MACT Regulations And Further Defines Fuels Versus Wastes
Boiler owners beware – EPA has “finalized” its Boiler MACT, GACT, CISWI and NHSM rules and the compliance clocks have begun ticking.
Boiler Compliance At Area Sources
The EPA finalized changes to Clean Air Act standards for area source boilers (40 CFR 63, subpart JJJJJJ) and for major source boilers (40 CFR 63, subpart DDDDD). As a result, 99 percent of the approximately 1.5 million boilers in the U.S. are not covered or can meet the new standards by conducting periodic boiler tune-ups.
ACE Launches Revolutionary Customer Support Program To Provide Assistance With Environmental Incidents
ACE Group recently announced the introduction of a new program for its U.S.-based clients that offers immediate support after environmental releases of hazardous materials and other regulated substances
Xcel Energy Named No. 1 Wind Provider For 10th Consecutive Year
For the tenth consecutive year, Xcel Energy has been named the country’s top wind energy provider, according to a newly released report from the American Wind Energy Association, the national trade association for wind energy