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The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on January 20 announced that it has extended the promulgation date for the proposed sewage sludge incineration (SSI) maximum achievable control technology (MACT) rule from January 21 to February 21, 2011. The 26-page opinion and 3-page order denied EPA’s request to extend the promulgation date from the original January 15 deadline until July 15, 2011. The court determined that EPA did not sufficiently justify why it needed six additional months to complete the rulemaking. The federal district court also denied EPA’s  request for a 15-month delay to issue air pollution rules for industrial boilers. EPA had requested an extension to April 13, 2012, to allow the agency additional time to repropose rules for major-source boilers, certain smaller boilers, and commercial and institutional solid waste incineration units. The Sierra Club on December 24, 2010, filed a memo opposing EPA's request to extend the deadline until 2012, arguing that the delay would cause an estimated 2,000 to 5,100 premature deaths