PROPOSED REVISIONS TO THE AIR TOXICS RULE FOR MISCELLANEOUS COATING MANUFACTURING
- On May 11, 2006 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed amendments to the air toxics rule for the miscellaneous coating manufacturing industry, which was promulgated on December 11, 2003.
- The 2003 rule applies to the facility-wide collection of equipment used to manufacture coatings. The term “coating” is defined as any material such as paint, ink, or adhesive that is intended to be applied to a substrate. A “coating” consists of a mixture of resins, pigments, solvents, and/or other additives.
- The proposed amendments clarify the definition of coating manufacturing to mean the production of coatings using operations such as mixing and blending. It does not refer to the reaction or separation processes used in chemical manufacturing. The proposed amendments also clarify that coating manufacturing does not include modifying purchased coatings for the purpose of on-site application.
- The proposal also changes the compliance date for certain equipment. Some process units that produce coatings can also be used as part of a chemical manufacturing process. Different air toxics rules with different compliance dates currently apply to the unit depending on whether it is producing coatings or whether it is part of a chemical manufacturing process. To avoid confusion, the proposed amendments would change the compliance date for producing coatings to match the compliance date for chemical manufacturing. The date would change to May 10, 2008.
- The EPA estimates that todays proposed amendments would not alter the stringency of the standards and would have no adverse health or environmental impacts. There would be no additional costs associated with this rule.
- Interested parties can download the notice from EPA's web site at the following address: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/oarpg/new.html.
- Today’s proposed action and other background information are also available either electronically at www.regulations.gov, the federal government’s docket management system, or in hard copy at EPA West, U.S. EPA (6102T), 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460. (Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2003-0178). The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center is (202) 566-1742.
- HOW TO COMMENT: Comments will be accepted for 90 days beginning when this proposal is published in the Federal Register. All comments should be identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2003-0178 and submitted by one of the following methods:
- Federal e-rulemaking portal;
- E-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org);
- Facsimile (202) 566-1741;
- Mail (Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 6102T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460); or Hand delivery (Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Room B102, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC).