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  Manual: Best Management Practices for Pollution Prevention in the Slabstock and Molded Flexible Polyurethane Foam Industry (58 pp, 736 KB) (EPA/625/R-96/005) September 1996

The 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments require EPA to develop standards for major emission sources of 189 hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). EPA has identified the flexible polyurethane foam industry as a significant emitter of HAPs and has slated the industry for regulation under Title III of the Act, with standards scheduled to be promulgated no later than November 15, 1997.

This manual presents pollution prevention options for the two major sectors of the flexible polyurethane foam industry: slabstock and molded foam production. Designed for use by both polyurethane foam manufacturers and regulatory personnel, it achieves the following:

  • Provides an overview of the flexible foam industry and chemistry of foam production, common to both slabstock and molded industry segments
  • Details manufacturing processes and potential pollution prevention measures for slabstock and molded foam production
  • Details pollution prevention opportunities for operations that are common to both
  • Provides worksheets for pollution prevention measures and emission and cost calculations
  • Lists additional resources

The manual will be useful for those interested or involved in the industry, including facility managers, regulators, and environmental managers and engineers.

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