Comment Deadline on NC Fossil-Fuel Loophole
THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST TOXIC AIR
POLLUTION HAS ENTERED A NEW PHASE!
Six months ago North Carolina officials proposed
a loophole for 1,400 sources burning fossil fuel: coal and fuel
oil. Since then, the comment deadline for the air toxics rule for
these fossil-fueled industrial boilers and process heaters has
been extended twice. The new deadline is April 9th. To those of you who sent comments
previously, please do it again! To those of you who have not, now
is the time! We believe state decision-makers are
beginning to get the message: NO TOXIC LOOP HOLES!
But we are in the middle of this campaign and action is critical
now. We need a public hearing on fossil-fueled air
pollution sources in North Carolina.
Please e-mail DAQ
asking for a public hearing!
It's OK to send two e-mails to the Division of Air Quality on
this, one simply asking for a public hearing and another later
with further details on pollution sources in your back yard.
After all, there are 1,400 smokestack industries up for
exemptions in addition to the state's 14 coal-fired power plants.
Please send an e-mail today!
Below are some brief talking points. We will be
posting draft comments on Monday, April 6. We hope
folks will take the opportunity to read them, add their own slant
and send additional comments by the 9th.
Comments should be sent to the North Carolina Division of
Air Quality Michael.Abraczinskas@ncmail.net
The North Carolina Division of Air Qualitys website has
posted the most recent documents at the following site: http://www.ncair.org/rules/combustionsources/
For more information, please contact Lou Zeller at 336-982-2691
CALL FOR A PUBLIC HEARING
We need a public hearing on fossil-fueled air pollution
sources in North Carolina. On or before April 9, 2009, please
join us in urging the NC Environmental Management Commission to
hold a public hearing on future regulation of our states
most polluting smokestack industries. There are three important
reasons to request a hearing.
|1. Recent changes in federal law make it more
important than ever for North Carolina to keep its own
health-based Toxic Air Pollutant program in place and
make certain that air poison limits apply to all
fossil-fueled combustion sources throughout the state,
including coal-fired electric generating plants operated
by Progress Energy and Duke Energy.
2. A public hearing now may be our only opportunity to
affect federal regulation of industrial boilers. In late
2008 the Bush EPA recommended Maximum Achievable Control
Technology standards for industrial boilers. One or more
public hearings in North Carolina is the minimum for
public participation in these EMC decisions.
3. The North Carolina Environmental
Management Commission should halt its current rulemaking
on a decade-old combustion source exemption. Instead, the
state should work with the new EPA Administrator to limit
hazardous air pollution from all sources for the
protection of public health.