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Area Source Boiler Rules - 6J

The company may be required to comply with the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional Boilers, 40 CFR Part 63 Subpart 6J, finalized by the U.S. EPA on March 21, 2011 and with amendments on February 1, 2013 [Area Source Boiler Rule 6J].

December 20, 2012: The EPA finalized changes to Clean Air Act standards for area source boilers (40 CFR 63, subpart JJJJJJ) and for major source boilers (40 CFR 63, subpart DDDDD)As a result, 99 percent of the approximately 1.5 million boilers in the U.S. are not covered or can meet the new standards by conducting periodic boiler tune-ups. The final rule can be found at Regulatory Actions.

The NESHAP for area source boilers was published in the Federal Register on March 21, 2011 and EPA finalized changes to the rule in the Federal Register on February 1, 2013.

What are Some Important Changes to the Rule?

  • Initial notification date extended until January 20, 2014.  If you already submitted your initial notification, you do not need to resubmit the notification.

  • Deadline for completing the initial tune-up extended until March 21, 2014 for existing boilers.

  • Hot water boilers (e.g., not generating steam) rated at less than 1.6 million Btu per hour are not covered by the rule, under the revised definition of hot water heater for gas, oil, and biomass boilers.

  • Residential boilers are not covered by the rule, if located in dwellings of four or fewer family units, including boilers located in dwellings of four or fewer family units located at institutional facilities (e.g., universities) or commercial/industrial facilities (e.g., farms) or in single unit dwellings converted to apartments.

  • Deadline for submitting the notification of compliance status (NOCS) for tune-ups is now July 19, 2014.

  • Electronic NOCS reports will be required using the Compliance and Emissions Data Reporting Interface (CEDRI).   See more information about electronic reporting below and in the Example Forms box on the right.

  • Existing dual-fuel fired units that fuel switch from gas to coal, biomass or oil remain existing sources if they were designed to accommodate the alternate fuel.

  • New oil-fired units may combust low sulfur oil as an alternative method of meeting the particulate matter (PM) emission standard and such units are not required to meet the PM emission limit (provided the boiler does not use a post-combustion control technology (except a wet scrubber) to reduce PM or sulfur dioxide emissions).

  • Tune-ups are required every five years instead of every two years for the following area source boilers: seasonal use units, limited use units, oil-fired units with heat input capacity equal to or less than 5 MMBtu/hr and units with oxygen trim systems.

  • New boilers must conduct their first biennial or 5-year tune-up no later than 25 months or 61 months, as applicable, after the startup of the new or reconstructed boilers.

Regulatory Information

Required Forms

Electronic Reporting


Effective February 1, 2013, the final rule amendments require electronic reporting of the Notification of Compliance Status (NOCS). Sources will be required to submit the NOCS electronically using the Compliance and Emissions Data Reporting Interface (CEDRI) through EPA’s Central Data Exchange (



Helpful Tools and Links

Area Source Boiler Videos


Boiler Rule 6J Information/Tools