R.I.C.E. Compliance

EPA Standards for Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE)

The EPA estimates nearly 1,000,000 existing stationary internal combustion engines are affected by the US Clean Air Act. The US Clean Air Act requires that new source performance standards (NSPS) be established to control emissions from new stationary sources [CAA, Section 111(b)] . Do you own one of these engines?

If you own or operate a non-emergency diesel or natural gas piece of stationary equipment then, you probably need to “retrofit” its engine to comply with federal National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) covering stationary reciprocating internal combustion engines (RICE).

Leading engine manufacturers (Caterpillar, Cummin’s) warn that compliance is not going to be cheap, easy, or quick – especially since a limited number of qualified experts are available.

The EPA estimates the increased operating compliance cost for less than 100 hp engines to be $3,200.

The Federal Clean Air Act has severe penalties for non-compliance, including costly fines of up to $37,500 per day per violation and criminal penalties.