Proposed Amendments to Declaration of Small Boilers as Controlled Emitters and Listed Activities
1. Where a facility simultaneously operates two or more boilers that have a combined design capacity equal to or greater than 10 MW NHI, these boilers will be classified as “small boilers” and will be required to comply with GN 831.
2. Where a facility which is not already a licensed listed activity operates two or more small boilers that have a combined capacity equal to or greater than 50 MW NHI, the facility will be classified as a listed activity and must apply for an AEL within 24 months of the promulgation of the amendments. If the facility was already a licensed listed activity, the facility must apply for a variation of their existing AEL within 24 months of the promulgation of the amendments.
3. All operators of “small boilers” must register as a data provider on the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory System (NAEIS) and must comply with all the requirements of the National Atmospheric Emission Reporting Regulations. Many operators of “small boilers” will already be doing this in line with their municipality’s requirements.In summary, these proposed amendments seek to better regulate the cumulative impacts of boilers which may previously have “slipped through the cracks”. However, there is the risk that this information, if not well disseminated, may lead to many companies being non-compliant. Please share this blog post with all your facilities that have boilers, and contact us to help you evaluate whether you will fall above or below the 10 MW and 50 MW thresholds. The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries is hosting a virtual multi-stakeholder workshop to discuss these proposed amendments, as well as amendments to regulations concerning temporary mobile asphalt plants and the introduction of regulations for air quality Priority Areas. The workshop will take place on the 20th of January 2021 from 09:30 until 12:30 on the Microsoft Teams platform. The link to the workshop is included below, as are the original and proposed amendments to the “small boilers” regulations, the proposed changes to the temporary asphalt plant regulations, and the agenda for the workshop. Please contact us to support your business in being compliant.