simplifies MACT compliance

By Lisa Gibson | April 11, 2011

Instead of wading through pages and pages of complex criteria and compliance requirements, facilities affected by the U.S. EPA’s Maximum Achievable Control Technology rules can opt to use, a free online applicability tool that outlines compliance requirements for specific boilers and facilities.

Requiring only simple data inputs and unit information, clearly states whether a unit is affected by the rules and if so, what compliance requirements it will fall under. The final MACT rules, released in February, include standards for four source categories—major source industrial, commercial and institutional boilers and process heaters; area source industrial, commercial and institutional boilers; commercial and industrial solid waste incinerators; and sewage sludge incinerators—as well as an updated definition of solid waste.

With around 30 users so far, feedback about the tool has been positive, according to its creator Dixon Environmental, a compliance management solutions provider. Users have reported it’s very easy to use and intuitive, according to Mike Dixon, president of Dixon Environmental. No biomass-fueled units have been registered yet, but Dixon expects that to change soon.

“We think it’s a pretty cool thing to offer,” Dixon said, adding that the program has already found additional areas of compliance for unit operators who thought they had figured it all out for themselves.

Dixon conducted a soft rollout of the program, which began in March, with input from the American Coatings Association, Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates and National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers. The company will continue gathering feedback from those trade organizations in the next few days, followed by an open webinar in about a month that will incorporate feedback from all users willing to offer it.

The program will continue to evolve, as well, with the addition of a template for the report for initial notification. Affected facilities will be required to submit the notice in September and Dixon said the template will simplify that requirement.

The EPA estimates its MACT rules will affect nearly 200,000 facilities, and many will undoubtedly be looking for help, as some have not been previously affected by hazardous air pollutant regulations, Dixon said. “When you look at the numbers, there’s got to be a lot of people who need help with it,” he said. Smaller companies operating boilers subject to the new rules may not have official programs in place to account for such compliance like some larger facilities do, he added.

Dixon said the program will also help his company get its name out in the effected industries as a helpful solutions provider. “It has worked,” he said. “A lot of people are registering that we haven’t heard of before.”