The Boiler MACT (maximum achievable control technology) is a new series of national standards designed by the EPA to curb pollutants from industrial boilers. All boilers must be MACT compliant by January 31, 2016. Here are the top considerations to take in—and actions to be aware of—when preparing for Boiler MACT compliance.
- Compliance testing.
Your firm needs a testing protocol in place. Before you undertake performance testing, fuel sampling, or any form of monitoring, it’s important to have a methodology for documentation and management in place. This assures that none of your work is wasted, and you are equipped with the proof you need to show that your system is MACT compliant when the time comes.
- Best practices.
Write best practices into your handbook for each testing process—and for the documentation protocol for each of these processes. Make sure to include preliminary engineering testing. Before you progress to actual compliance testing, make sure that all preliminary tests are complete and to satisfactory standards in order to improve your chances of passing MACT compliance standards.
- Align with thought leaders.
Boiler MACT reporting requirements are stringent and potentially difficult to maintain. Read up on what industry leaders are doing to prepare, and follow suit. Experienced firms with hands-on knowledge of EPA compliance such as Victory Energy can provide a significant advantage. Do your research and reach out to these firms for guidance.
- Extension applications.
If you feel pressed for time, it’s possible to apply for a one-year extension during the conversion to MACT standards, however your application must be received 120 days before the January compliance date. To be safe, we recommend having your application in by September 1 of 2015.
- Continue the dialog.
Keep an eye on news regarding Boiler MACT as reconsideration or clarification of some requirements are still on the horizon. In January 2015, the EPA published revised definitions for start-up and shutdown in compliance testing, among others. For a 45-day period, the EPA solicited responses to their new definitions and new rulings are expected to come out by midsummer. Be sure to follow the EPA’s publications, and have your voice heard when opinions are solicited.
The new Boiler MACT standards don’t have to be unreasonably difficult to manage—but they do require preparation and training. To learn more, visit to boilermactsolutions.org for all your Boiler MACT needs.
About Victory Energy:
Victory Energy Operations designs, engineers, manufactures and services heat recovery steam generators, industrial boilers, fired packaged boilers, waste heat boilers and related equipment utilized in a variety of end markets, including power generation, bio-renewable, oil sands, petrochemical, district heating, education and healthcare. The company manufactures boilers in its two Oklahoma locations—in Collinsville and Cushing. To learn more about Victory Energy, visit victoryenergy.com.
Victory Energy also offers mobile/rental boilers, auxiliary equipment such as economizers, deaerators and stacks. Services include full-time aftermarket Field Services and aftermarket Spare Parts.