Hearings Set on Mercury Emissions Cuts

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold three public hearings in June on proposals cutting mercury emissions in half and significantly reducing other toxic air pollutants from industrial and institutional boilers, process heaters and solid waste incinerators.

For more information, visit www.epa.gov/airquality/combustion.

The agency will take comments at the hearings on a proposal to identify which non-hazardous secondary materials would be considered solid waste and which would be considered fuel. Secondary materials are those that are not the primary product of a manufacturing or commercial process and include consumer and industrial materials that are no longer used for their original purpose, such as scrap tires, used oil, wood, coal refuse, and construction and demolition debris.

Each hearing will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 8 p.m., local time or later, if necessary. The public may pre-register to speak at the hearings at a specific time. To pre-register, contact Teresa Clemons at clemons.teresa@epa.gov, or 919.541.0252.

June 15: Arlington, Va., Crystal City Marriott, 1999 Jefferson Davis Hwy. Pre-registration deadline is 5 p.m. on June 11.

June 22: Houston, Texas. Hilton Houston Hobby Airport, 8181 Airport Blvd. Pre-registration deadline is 5 p.m. on June 18.

June 22: Los Angeles, Calif. Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel, 711 South Hope Street. Pre-registration deadline is 5 p.m. on June 18.

People also may register on the day of the hearing but may not be given a specific time slot to speak.

The agency also is extending the deadline for written comments on the proposed rules until Aug. 3, 2010.

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