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National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Pesticide Active Ingredient Production: Fact Sheet
|Signed by: Administrator Carol Browner
Signature Date: 5/13/99
Policy Analysis and Communications Staff (OAQPS)
EPA Document Number:
Hazardous air pollutants
Maximum Achievable Control Technology Emission Standards
National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants
Clean Air Act
This action establishes a final national air toxics rule for the pesticide active ingredient (PAI) production industry. This fact sheet explains the rule in "plain language".
The rule is designed to reduce emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) from existing and new facilities that manufacture organic PAI used in herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides. The rule protects human health and the environment by reducing HAP emissions to the level corresponding to the maximum achievable control technology (MACT) through the use of pollution prevention measures and control strategies.
The major HAPs emitted by facilities covered by this rule include toluene, methanol, methyl chloride, and hydrogen chloride (HCl). All of these pollutants can cause reversible or irreversible toxic effects following exposure.
The rule is estimated to reduce total HAP emissions from existing facilities by 2,755 tons per year.