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Regulatory Impact Statement Summary 6 NYCRR Subpart 225-2 and Part 200


Proposed 6 NYCRR Subpart Part 225-2 (Proposed Subpart 225-2) regulates the use of waste oil to be burned for heat and/or energy recovery at non-exempt, stationary sources. The Department is proposing to repeal Existing 6 NYCRR Part 225-2 Fuel Composition and Use - Waste Fuel (Existing Subpart 225-2) and replace it with Proposed 6 NYCRR Subpart 225-2, Fuel Composition and Use - Waste Oils (Proposed Subpart 225-2). Proposed Subpart 225-2 regulates the burning of waste oils in combustion, incineration, and process sources throughout New York State. Proposed Subpart 225-2 establishes applicability criteria, composition limits, and permitting requirements for waste oils; establishes monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements for facilities that are determined eligible to burn waste oil; and allows for the burning of waste oils in space heaters at automotive maintenance/service facilities. Also, as part of this rulemaking, the Department is adding the definition for "residual oil" to 6 NYCRR Part 200 (Part 200). If finalized, Proposed Subpart 225-2 will be included as a component of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for New York State (NYS), as required by the Clean Air Act. This is not a mandate on local governments. It applies to any entity that owns or operates a subject stationary source. In addition, Part 200, which contains definitions related to air regulations, will also be updated.

Statutory Authority

The statutory authority for promulgation of Proposed 6 NYCRR Subpart 225-2 is found in the following Sections of the Environmental Conservation Law (ECL): Section 1-0101, Section 3-0301, Section 19-0103, Section 19-0105, Section 19-0301, Section 19-0303, Section 19-0305, Section 71-2103, and Section 71-2105.

Based on the above-referenced sections the Commissioner has sufficient authority to regulate air pollution from emission sources, including the promulgation of Proposed 6 NYCRR Subpart 225-2 "Fuel Composition and Use - Waste Oils".

Legislative Objectives

Article 19 of the ECL was adopted to safeguard the air resources of New York from pollution. To facilitate this purpose, the Legislature granted specific powers and duties to the Department, including the power to formulate, adopt, promulgate, amend, and repeal regulations that prevent, control, or prohibit air pollution. This authority specifically extends these powers over areas of the State that are or may be affected by air pollution and allows the Department to prescribe for such areas (1) the degree of air pollution or air contamination that may be permitted therein, and (2) the extent to which air contaminants may be emitted to the air by any air contamination source. In addition, this authority includes the preparation of a general, comprehensive plan for the control or abatement of existing air pollution and for the control or prevention of any new air pollution recognizing various requirements for different areas of the State. The legislative objectives underlying the above statutes are directed toward protection of the environment and public health.

Proposed 6 NYCRR Subpart 225-2 addresses the burning of waste oils and subsequent emissions from burning waste oils throughout New York State. The regulation defines waste oil and establishes clear limits on its constituents. Finally, the regulation incorporates monitoring, record keeping, and reporting requirements for the purpose of compliance with the regulation.

Needs and Benefits

The Department is proposing this repeal and replacement of Existing Subpart 225-2 in order to best protect and preserve the state's air resources. The Department proposes to achieve this end by imposing composition limits on waste oil in order to minimize emissions and clarify the types of emission sources eligible to burn waste oil. The Department is proposing to repeal Existing Subpart 225-2 and replace it with Proposed Subpart 225-2, Fuel Composition and Use - Waste Fuel. Existing Subpart 225-2 has not been updated since its promulgation in 1983. As a result, many of its provisions are outdated and contain obsolete references and standards.

Rule Streamlining and Simplification

The permitting process contained in Existing Subpart 225-2 has become outdated. Proposed Subpart 225-2 will simplify and streamline implementation of the regulation by eliminating obsolete regulatory references; correcting typographical errors; updating the regulation's waste oil constituent limits; removing outdated work practices; expanding the number of facilities eligible to burn waste oil; updating the permitting process to include monitoring, record keeping, and reporting requirements, thus aligning it with Part 201 and Title V criteria found in the Clean Air Act; and moving the definition of "residual oil" from Existing Subpart 225-2 to 6 NYCRR Part 200 (Part 200). Existing Subpart 225-2 also contains references to liquid waste transportation regulations that, over the past thirty years, have changed and need to be removed from this regulation. The Department is removing the ninety-nine (99) percent combustion efficiency requirement. The Proposed Subpart 225-2 will no longer address the burning of chemical waste and "off-spec" waste oils (i.e. Waste fuel B) that do not meet the limitations specified in Table 1 of Existing Subpart 225-2. Instead, burning chemical waste and off-spec waste oils will be regulated under 6 NYCRR Part 212 (Process Operations) or 6 NYCRR Parts 370-376 as appropriate. Proposed Subpart 225-2 will expand the number of emission sources eligible to burn waste oils by lowering the minimum permissible heat input requirement of 20 million British thermal units per hour (mmBtu/hr) to 10 mmBtu/hr. Proposed Subpart 225-2 clarifies the regulation's process for the burning of waste oil while removing the term waste fuel.
Finally, the Department is extending the permitting exemption for facilities generating their own waste oils to fire waste oil in space heaters of less than one mmBtu/hr heat input. Existing Subpart 225-2 provides this permitting exemption exclusively to automotive service facilities. Proposed Subpart 225-2 allows additional types of facilities to burn waste oil in space heaters. Automotive maintenance/service facilities are now defined as "any facility that performs automotive fluid changes, collects automotive fluids, or drains automotive fluids". Eligible facilities now include, but are not limited to, fleet maintenance facilities like municipal garages, rental car maintenance facilities, auto crushing facilities, and junkyards.

Stakeholder Meetings

While drafting Proposed Subpart 225-2, the Department held a stakeholder conference call with staff from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection on February 14, 2014 and a stakeholder meeting with an attendee from the New York Association of Service Stations and Repair Shops on February 18, 2014. The Department solicited comments on Proposed Subpart 225-2 from the stakeholders. While the stakeholders asked questions, which the Department answered, they provided no specific comments.

On March 4, 2016 the Department sent a mass e-mail to the environmental justice contact list (8000 to 10,000 contacts), which contained a fact sheet on the proposed changes to Subpart 225-2. The fact sheet contained information regarding the proposed rule changes and included frequently asked questions. The contacts were given until March 25, 2016 to review and provide comments to the Department. No Comments were received. Utilizing the same contact list the Department sent a mass e-mail to schedule a webinar. The Webinar was held on May 24, 2016 at 12:30 PM. The webinar had 15 attendees. The attendees asked several questions regarding the time frame for notice and applicability of the proposed rule, which Department staff answered.


Costs to Regulated Parties and Consumers:

There will be no additional costs associated with the Proposed Subpart 225-2.

In addition, the removal of the 99 percent combustion efficiency limit will save regulated facilities money by eliminating the requirement to periodically test combustion efficiency. Depending on equipment size and configuration, these tests can cost a subject facility between $1,000.00 and $5,000.00 per test.

Costs to State and Local Governments:

Based on the Department's permitting data, there currently are no State and local government facilities that have a Title V permit, state facility permit, or registration subject to this regulation. Therefore, no additional costs will be incurred by State and local government facilities based on this regulatory update.

Costs to the Regulating Agency:

No additional monitoring, recordkeeping, or reporting requirements are being proposed under this rule-making. The only costs to the Regulating Agency are those routine costs associated with the rulemaking. These costs are regularly-incurred, operating costs.

Local Government Mandates

This is not a mandate on local governments. Local governments have no additional compliance obligations as compared to other subject entities. No additional monitoring, recordkeeping, reporting, or other requirements will be imposed on local governments under this rulemaking. Finally, as stated above in the Cost section of this Regulatory Impact Statement, there are currently no local government facilities subject to this regulation.


Proposed Subpart 225-2 will create no additional paperwork for the facilities subject to the requirements of this rule.


Proposed Subpart 225-2 does not duplicate, overlap, or conflict with any other State or federal Air requirements.


The Department evaluated the following alternatives:

1) No action - do not change the current version of the regulation. This option will not address the issue of consistency with Title V monitoring, record keeping, or reporting requirements. It will also not correct inconsistencies with other State and federal regulations.

2) Title V Update only - update the rule to match the current Title V permitting requirements. This regulation has not been updated since its promulgation in 1983. The regulation does not conform to the requirements of the Title V program (Subpart 201-6). Updating the monitoring, record keeping, and reporting requirements of this rule to match those of Title V is long overdue. However, this option by itself would not address inconsistencies with other State and Federal liquid waste transportation requirements, nor would it simplify and/or streamline the regulation.

Federal Standards

Proposed Subpart 225-2 does not exceed any minimum federal standards. The proposed reduction of the lead standard will make the Proposed 225-2 lead limit equivalent to the lead standards regulated under the federal regulations for liquid waste transporters.

Compliance Schedule

The Department proposes to promulgate the Proposed Subpart 225-2 by the summer of 2016. The provisions of this rule will take effect upon promulgation of the rule.

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