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Kraft Pulp Mills NSPS Review

a.k.a. NSPS Review for Kraft Pulp Mills (subpart BB)

RIN: 2060-AR64 (What's this?)

Docket No.: EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0640 (What's this?)

Current Phase: Proposal (What's this?)

Section 111(b)(1) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) directs EPA to review and, if appropriate, revise the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) at least every 8 years after promulgation. This is a review of Subpart BB, Standards of Performance for Kraft Pulp Mills Section 60.280 - 60.285 which was promulgated in 1978 and last reviewed in 1986.

The subpart is applicable to the following sources in kraft pulp mills that were installed after 1978: digester systems, brown stock washers, evaporator systems, recovery furnaces, smelt dissolving tanks, lime kilns, and condensate stripper systems. The pollutants regulated in this subpart include total reduced sulfur (TRS) compounds and particulate matter (PM). This action is subject to a citizen suit under section 304(a)(2) of the Clean Air Act brought against the US EPA under the Administrative Procedure Act, 5. U.S.C. 701-06. This complaint seeks to compel the Administrator to fulfill her mandatory duty to review the NSPS for new and modified kraft pulp mills.

NPRM: Published in FR05/23/2013
NPRM: Comment Period Open05/23/2013
NPRM: Comment Period Extension Published in FR06/28/2013
NPRM: Comment Period Closed07/08/2013
NPRM: Comment Period Closed with Extension07/23/2013
Final Rule: Published in FR04/2014 (projected)

Potential Effects

Unfunded Mandates
This action may place unfunded mandates on the private sector and is subject to Section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.

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  • NPRM - This stage of the rulemaking did not undergo review.
Citations & Authorities

Federal Register Citations

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Citation
40 CFR 60

Legal Authority
15 USC 2005;42 USC 7411;CAA 111


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