NEW YORK The
Environmental Protection Agency has finalized changes to
federal Clean Air Act standards for boilers and incinerators as
well as revisions to the Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials
Rule, but the changes are unlikely to impact scrap metal
The EPA said that the new boiler
and incinerator emissions limits will affect "less than 1
percent" of the approximately 1.5 million boilers currently
operating in the United States, focusing primarily on "those
that emit the majority of pollution."
The agency said its finalized
revisions to the Non-Hazardous Secondary Materials Rule provide
clarity on what types of secondary materials are considered
non-waste fuels and provide greater flexibility in rule
Institute of Scrap Recycling
Industries director of environmental management David Wagger
said the rule changes apply primarily to the recycling of scrap
tires, and the revisions are unrelated to the EPAs
proposal to define scrap metal as solid waste.
The EPA came under fire from
ISRI and scrap metal recyclers in 2011 for proposals that would
redefine nonhazardous and hazardous solid waste (
amm.com, Oct. 26, 2011).
An ISRI source said that an
update on the proposed changes had been expected from the EPA
by the end of 2012, but that has yet to materialize.
The EPA did not respond to
requests for comment.