AISI Commends Bipartisan Senate Letter to EPA on Boiler MACT Rule

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Eight key Senators ask EPA to not overturn steel industry energy efficiency improvements


For immediate release
March 21, 2012

Washington, D.C. –American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) President and CEO Thomas J. Gibson strongly commended a bipartisan group of eight Senators, led by Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Robert Casey (D-Pa.), for their leadership by sending a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to express their concerns about the potential impact on the domestic steel industry of EPA’s proposed Maximum Achievable Control Technology rule for industrial boilers (“Boiler MACT”).  Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Daniel Coats (R-Ind.), Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) also signed the letter.

Currently, integrated steel mills efficiently utilize process gases from coke ovens and blast furnaces to fuel plant boilers.  This allows for the recovery of energy that would otherwise be wasted, increasing the efficiency of iron and steel plants while decreasing their emissions.  Unfortunately, the “Boiler MACT” rule would have the unintended consequence of forcing these plants to flare coke oven process gases instead of using them on-site, wasting their energy benefits and raising the overall emissions level of the facilities.

“We greatly appreciate the efforts shown by these eight key Senators for expressing their concerns to EPA about the potential negative ramifications of this regulation,” stated Gibson.  “This proposal by EPA would have the effect of essentially rolling back the tremendous strides on energy efficiency and environmental emissions the U.S. steel industry has made over the past two decades.  This rule would hinder our industry’s global competitiveness and we urge EPA to heed the request of these Senators to exempt coke oven process gases in the final version of the rule.” 

Click here to read the full letter.

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice.  AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology.  AISI is comprised of 25 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 124 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry.  AISI's member companies represent over three quarters of both U.S. and North American steel capacity.  For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI’s Web site at www.steel.org.

Contact Nancy Gravatt
202.452.7115 / ngravatt@steel.org

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