Review of Kraft Pulp Mills New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)

Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0640
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
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 action will fulfill our mandatory obligation to review the NSPS for new and modified kraft pulp mills.
RIN: 2060-AR64
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 60
Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant
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Publication Period: Spring 2014
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 15 USC 2005, 42 USC 7411
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: Private Sector
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: No
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
Legal Deadline
JudicialOtherMandatory 8 year review03/14/2014
JudicialNPRMMandatory 8 year review05/15/2013
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM05/23/201378 FR 31315
NPRM Comment Period Extended06/28/201378 FR 38877
Final Rule04/04/201479 FR 18952
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Keyword(s): Pulp and Paper, Kraft Pulping
Type: Rulemaking
Location: HQ-OAR
Subtype: Section 111 (NSPS)

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Jul 23, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 05/23/2013
ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0640-0001
Comments Not Accepted
Posted: 04/04/2014
ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0640-0064
Comments Not Accepted
Proposed Rule
Posted: 06/28/2013
ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0640-0050

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 04/04/2014
ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0640-0066
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 04/04/2014
ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0640-0080
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 04/04/2014
ID: EPA-HQ-OAR-2012-0640-0083


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Agency Contact
Kelley Spence
919 541-3158
919 541-3470 (Fax)
E143-03 , Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
Robin Dunkins
919 541-5335
919 541-3470 (Fax)
E143-03, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
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