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EPA Final Rule on Emission Standards for Chemical Manufacturing Area Sources

Posted in on Fri, Jan 18, 2013

In January 2012, the EPA proposed revisions to several provisions of the final National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Chemical Manufacturing Area Sources.  The proposed revisions were made, in part, in response to a petition for reconsideration following the promulgation of an October 2009, final rule.  Now, EPA is finalizing those amendments, lifting the stay of the title V permit requirement issued on March 14, 2011, and lifting the stay of the final rule issued on October 25, 2012.  In addition, this final action includes revisions to the EPA’s approach for addressing malfunctions and standards applicable during startup and shutdown periods.  This final action also includes amendments and
technical corrections to clarify applicability and compliance issues raised by
stakeholders subject to the 2009 final rule. The revisions do not reduce the
level of environmental protection or emissions control on sources regulated by
this rule but provide flexibility and clarity to improve implementation. This
action also extends the compliance date for existing sources and the EPA’s
final response to all issues raised in the petition for reconsideration.  The final rule is effective on December 21, 2012.

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