EPA Stays Chemical Manufacturing Area Source Rule prior to Compliance Date

News Item From: Products Finishing

Posted on: 11/7/2012

Rule relating to air toxics standards for area sources in the chemical manufacturing sector is also under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in October that it is staying a 2009 rule relating to air toxics standards for area sources in the chemical manufacturing sector while it reconsiders the regulation.

Accoridng to the American Coating Association, the rule is also under review by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The ACA says facilities subject to EPA’s Chemical Manufacturing Area Source Rule were required to comply with the updated regulations by Oct. 29, 2012. The stay will apply for 60 days, until Dec. 24, 2012, following an official notice in the [I]Federal Register[/I] on Oct. 25.  Because of the limited notice of the stay, most facilities were likely ready, if not readying for compliance by Oct. 29.

EPA, on Jan. 30, 2012, published a proposed rule, a notice of reconsideration, to address issues in the Oct. 29, 2009 final rule that set national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants for nine area source categories in the chemical manufacturing sector, after receiving a petition for reconsideration from the American Chemistry Council and the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates.

In the proposed version of the rule, EPA said it would reconsider all six issues that the industry groups highlighted in their petition — Title V permitting requirements; requirements applicable when the rule overlaps with other rules; direct and proximal leak inspection requirements; requirements for covers or lids on process vessels; requirements for the timing of certain leak inspections, and the applicability of the “family of materials” concept, which refers to certain materials with the same basic composition, end use, or functionality.

To read more, please visit the ACA site HERE



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