US EPA issues revised air pollution code

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US has updated a revised version of its laws governing the reduction of air pollution from stationery equipment, including power generation.US EPA

The final revised rule announced will reduce the capital and annual costs of the original 2010 rules by $287m and $139m, respectively, while reducing harmful pollutants, including 2,800 tons per year (tpy) of hazardous air pollutants; 36,000 tpy of carbon monoxide; 2,800 tpy of particulate matter; 9,600 tpy of nitrogen oxides, and 36,000 tpy of volatile organic compounds.

The EPA estimates annual health benefits of the updated standards to be worth $830m to $2.1bn.

The final amendments to the 2010 “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE)” reflect new technical information submitted by stakeholders after the 2010 standards were issued. The updates will ensure that the standards are cost-effective, achievable, and protective, while continuing to provide significant emission reductions.

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