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March 29, 2011

FACT SHEET FINAL AMENDMENTS TO NEW SOURCE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS AND EMISSIONS GUIDELINES FOR HOSPITAL, MEDICAL, AND INFECTIOUS W


ACTION
• On March 29, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised the October 2009
new source performance standards (NSPS) and emissions guidelines for hospital, medical,
and infectious waste incinerators (HMIWI).
• The amendments correct errors in the nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide emissions limits
for new large HMIWI. The numerical limits published in the October 2009 rule did not
follow EPA’s description of its standard-setting process.
• The amendments revise the emission limits for nitrogen oxides to 140 parts per million by
volume (ppmv) and for sulfur dioxide to 8.1 ppmv. These limits, which were re-calculated
following the process described in the rule, are higher than those published in October
2009.
• Based on the stringency of the final NSPS, EPA does not anticipate any new HMIWI, and
therefore no impacts of the revised emission limits for new large HMIWI.
• The amendments also make other minor corrections to the regulatory text to correct crossreferences
and unit descriptions, clarify compliance requirements, correct certain
provisions of the emissions guidelines, and remove unneeded text. None of these
corrections change the requirements of the HMIWI final rule.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
• Interested parties can download the final notice from EPA’s website at the following
address: www.epa.gov/ttn/oarpg/t3pfpr.html.
• This final rule and other background information are also available either electronically at
http://www.regulations.gov, EPA’s electronic public docket and comment system, or in
hardcopy at the EPA Docket Center’s Public Reading Room.
• The Public Reading Room is located in the EPA Headquarters Library, Room
Number 3334 in the EPA West Building, located at 1301 Constitution Ave., NW,
Washington, DC. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. eastern standard
time, Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays.
• Visitors are required to show photographic identification, pass through a metal
detector, and sign the EPA visitor log. All visitor materials will be processed
through an X-ray machine as well. Visitors will be provided a badge that must be
visible at all times.
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• Materials for this final action can be accessed using Docket ID No.
EPA-HQ-OAR-2006-0534.
• For further information about the final action, contact Mr. Ketan D. Patel of EPA’s Office
of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Sector Policies and Programs Division, Natural
Resources and Commerce Group at (919) 541-9736 or by e-mail at [email protected]

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