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This handbook contains information concerning volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from the synthetic organic chemicals manufacturing industry (SOCMI), petroleum refineries, on-shore natural gas processing plants, polymer manufacturing plants, benzene from particular equipment, and vinyl chloride from manufacturing plants that process one or more polymers containing any fraction of polymerized vinyl chloride. Explanation of the regulations that apply to small- to medium-sized industries are contained in the handbook. The more stringent requirements of the hazardous organic national emission standard (HON) are not discussed extensively in this handbook. However, the procedures discussed for control of VOC emissions are applicable to any size facility. The application of control practices will have to be more stringent.
The handbook provides guidance on control strategies to comply with regulations that apply to chemical process facilities. Three main types of standards are applied to fugitive emissions from chemical process facilities: performance standards, equipment practices, and work practices. Each of these has its place and may need to be applied in parallel to achieve the necessary reductions of fugitive emissions. This handbook outlines the requirements and procedures to apply the strategies.