Monday, October 1, 2012

Emission Standards For Area Source Chemical Production Facilities

EPA has sent a pending final rule revising emissions standards for smaller "area" source chemical production facilities for White House review, after taking comment on a proposed version of the rule that industry argued would impose significant cost for little environmental benefits. The pending final rule, which EPA submitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), will revise the agency's 2009 national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants for chemical manufacturing area sources.

Area sources are those below the "major" source threshold of emitting 10 tons per year (tpy) of a hazardous air pollutant (HAP), or 25 tpy of any combination of HAPs. OMB review, which typically takes 90 days, is the last major step before EPA can sign the rule and publish it in the Federal Register.

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