AISI Applauds House for Passing Bill to Re-Do EPA Boiler MACT Regulations

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                    CONTACT: NANCY GRAVATT

October 14, 2011                                                                               202.452.7115 / ngravatt@steel.org

Washington, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) commends the U.S. House of Representatives for passing H.R. 2250, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011, bipartisan legislation to address the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Boiler MACT regulations.  The bill will provide the EPA with additional time to reconsider and re-propose its regulations, extend compliance deadlines for regulated entities and direct EPA to ensure that the final rule is achievable and based on real-world technologies.  This legislation is critical to ensure that the energy efficiency gains and future competitiveness of the American steel industry are not threatened.

“We are the most energy-efficient steel producing country in the world,” AISI President and CEO Thomas J. Gibson stated.  “EPA’s Boiler MACT rule counteracts the advancements our industry has made to increase its overall efficiency and limit its emission levels of greenhouse gases.  This rule would have the undesired effect of forcing our industry to consume more fossil fuels instead of using waste gases from the steel making process to fuel boilers.  This would reverse the industry’s recent reductions in energy intensity and greenhouse gas emissions.  EPA is already in the process of reconsidering the Boiler MACT rule.  H.R. 2250 will give EPA more time to correct the rule to avoid these unintended consequences, and AISI is proud to support the bill.” 

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