EGUs & ICI Boilers 
Regulatory Concept Development
            Upcoming Stakeholder Meetings:               
9 am in the Phoenix Auditorium,
DEP Headquarters, 79 Elm Street, Hartford
Connecticut DEP invites all stakeholders to embark on a joint effort to develop a new integrated model for regulating fuel-burning equipment to improve air quality.  The resulting regulatory requirements will account for environmental goals and business needs through improved efficiency, reduced fuel use and lower operational costs.  The integrated model will address multiple pollutants: nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxides and particulate matter.  In addition, collateral beneficial reductions in carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants will be supported.  The model will address current, short and long-term commitments to ensure the regulated community has enough information for solid decision-making. 
Connecticut will need to satisfy multiple federal mandates by reducing air emissions. Owners and operators of fuel-burning equipment, including electric generating units (EGUs) and industrial, commercial and institutional boilers (ICI boilers), are necessary partners in moving toward attainment of air quality standards. 
Here is a partial list of some of the major federal mandates currently due and on our horizon:
  • The 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) by 2010; 
  • The 2008 revised 8-hour ozone NAAQS by 2013; 
  • The 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS by 2010; 
  • The 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS by 2011  [Read more on EPA’s timelines at PM time line (PDF, 80K) or Ozone time line (PDF, 28K)];
  • and National Emission Standards For Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for boilers (Read more on Boiler NESHAP) and the MACT hammer, as applicable.
In the business community, there is growing recognition that installation of equipment and operations that provide environmental benefits also make good business sense.  For example, adoption of energy efficiency and conservation measures are wise investments that will reduce air emissions while saving money on fuel and electricity.   By working together for clean air and to reduce emissions, Connecticut DEP anticipates that a dialogue that considers multiple air mandates and business concerns will optimize environmental benefits and business decision making, positioning all of us for a better and cleaner tomorrow. 
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Content Last Updated May 12, 2008