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EPA finalizes amendments on air pollutant standards

EcoNote | January 21, 2019 | By:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing minor amendments to the 2002 and 2003 National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Surface Coating of Large Appliances; Printing, Coating, and Dyeing of Fabrics and Other Textiles; and Surface Coating of Metal Furniture.

The EPA says in a summary of the report that the agency is “taking final action addressing emissions during periods of startup, shutdown, and malfunction (SSM); electronic reporting for performance test results and compliance reports; the addition of EPA Method 18 and updates to several measurement methods; and the addition of requirements for periodic performance testing.

“Additionally, several miscellaneous technical amendments will be made to improve the clarity of the rule requirements. We are making no revisions to the numerical emission limits based on these risk analyses or technology reviews.”

The EPA says that it is also requiring affected facilities to submit compliance reports and test results electronically and is requiring performance tests to be conducted every five years. The final rule and fact sheets summarizing the agency’s risk and technology review actions are available on the EPA’s website.

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