As part of an effort to reduce engine emissions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) adopted new national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) in 2010. The new regulations apply to existing stationary compression ignition (CI) and spark ignition (SI) reciprocating internal combustion engines at area and major sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs).
This regulation, known as RICE NESHAP, NESHAP Subpart ZZZZ, Quad-Z, or RICE MACT, will require sources to achieve emission limits reflecting the application of the maximum achievable control technology (MACT), consistent with sections 112(d) of the Clean Air Act.
Under RICE NESHAP, facilities with stationary engines are required to meet stringent emissions standards, verify compliance, perform maintenance activities, and report their continued compliance to the EPA. The process to achieving compliance will require the implementation of new processes, methods, and systems, each unique to the respective operator and unique operating conditions and locations.
With nearly 1.5 million stationary engines in the U.S. to be affected, there are lots of people searching for knowledge on the requirements of this new ruling. However, as with any Federal regulations, the reading can be extensive, confusing and the process to achieving compliance quite intimidating.
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