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EPA to host RICE webinar series

During a recent NWPPA Environmental Task Force meeting in Seattle, Wash., Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff indicated that an announcement would be made soon about a series of webinars on the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) and New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) covering stationary reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE), and revisions to these rules that were signed on January 14, 2013.

These webinars have been scheduled and NWPPA members are encouraged to register and participate in one or more of these webinars.

These events are free, but space is limited. Registration and logging on to the webinar will be first come, first served. Consider registering for one of the later dates as the first dates tend to fill up quickly (all webinars have the same program). Follow one of these links to register online:

Each webinar will include:

  • Melanie King, EPA’s RICE rule writer, presenting an overview of the RICE NESHAP and NSPS requirements, including applicability, emission standards, and other compliance requirements. She will then explain the final rule revisions, which address several issues, including the use of RICE in demand response programs and remote areas.
  • King, Susan Lancey of EPA Region 1 (New England), and Heather Valdez of EPA Region 10 (Pacific Northwest) responding to questions.
  • Roy Crystal of EPA Region 1 discussing compliance tools, and steps to take to comply.

RICE NESHAP compliance dates are fast approaching:

  • May 3, 2013, for many existing compression ignition (diesel) engines
  • October 19, 2013, for many existing spark ignition (gasoline and gas-powered) engines.

For more information on the RICE rules, visit

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Western Electricity Coordinating Council

North American Electric Reliability Corporation