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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 98-1714


Final Section 111(d)/129 State Plan for Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerators

[28 Pa.B. 5292]

   On September 15, 1997, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated new source performance standards (NSPS) for new Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerators (HMIWI) and emission guidelines (EG) for existing HMIWI under sections 111 and 129 of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA). The standards of performance for new stationary sources and the Emission Guidelines for existing HMIWI are codified at 40 CFR Part 60, Subpart Ec and Subpart Ce, respectively (62 FR 48348). The Emission Guidelines apply to incinerators that combust any amount of medical, infectious or hospital waste as defined in 40 CFR 60.51c. Each individual existing HMIWI constructed on or before June 20, 1996 must comply with the Subpart Ce requirements.

   According to 40 CFR Part 60, Subparts B and Ce, states are required to prepare and submit a State Plan to the EPA to implement the Emission Guidelines for Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerators. The State Plans for HMIWI should have been submitted to EPA for approval by September 15, 1998.

   The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) has developed a Section 111(d)/129 State Plan for existing designated Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerators in accordance with 40 CFR Part 60 Subparts B and Ce. A public hearing notice and opportunity to provide written comments on the HMIWI State Plan was published in the following newspapers of general circulation on June 12, 1998: Philadelphia Inquirer, Patriot News, Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, Erie Daily Times and the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. On June 13, 1998, PADEP published a notice of public hearings on the State Plan and provided a 30-day public comment period in the Pennsylvania Bulletin (28 Pa. B. 2728). The hearings were held in Conshohocken, PA on July 15, 1998, Harrisburg, PA on July 16, 1998, and Pittsburgh, PA on July 21, 1998.

   The Section 111(d)/129 State Plan was submitted to EPA for approval on September 18, 1998. New or revised Federally enforceable state operating permits (FESOPs) will be issued to designated HMIWI facilities, incorporating the applicable requirements in 40 CFR Part 60, Subparts A, B, Ce, and Ec. The Department will submit FESOPs, as revisions to the State Plan, to EPA no later than March 30, 1999.

   In Pennsylvania, at least 61 existing designated HMIWI facilities including incinerators located in Philadelphia County must comply with the Subpart Ce requirements. The designated HMIWI facilities located in Allegheny County will be covered by a separate HMIWI plan developed by Allegheny County Health Department. All the designated existing HMIWI must comply with the emission standards no later than 1 year after EPA approval of the State Plan. Designated existing HMIWI facilities may apply for an extension for up to 3 years after EPA approval of the State Plan for retrofit of emissions controls or shut-down, but no later than September 15, 2002, whichever occurs first.

   To obtain a copy of the State Plan for HMIWI, including the comment/response document, contact Kimberly Maneval, Bureau of Air Quality, Division of Permits, P. O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105, (717) 787-4325 or by e-mail at


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 98-1714. Filed for public inspection October 16, 1998, 9:00 a.m.]

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