Frequent Questions

What were the emissions reductions estimated in the October 2005 Final Hazardous Waste Combustor MACT Rule?

EPA estimated that hazardous waste combustors annually emit approximately 12,650 tons of hazardous air pollutants (metals, total chlorine, organics, and dioxin/furans) and particulate matter. Depending on the number of facilities demonstrating compliance with health-based compliance alternatives standards for total chlorine, the total reduction of HAP and particulate matter for existing sources was estimated to be between approximately 2,260 and 3,380 tons per year.

EPA found that this rule will also protect human health and the environment by reducing particulate matter in conjunction with the air toxic reductions. EPA estimated that particulate matter reductions could be as high as 2,140 tons per year.

For more information, visit the hazardous waste combustion web page.

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