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 recyclers.
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 implementation.
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.