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Boat Manufacturing: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)

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Rule Summary

The processes regulated include fiberglass resin and gel coat operations, carpet and fabric adhesive operations, and aluminum recreational boat painting operations.

The EPA has identified boat manufacturing as a major source of hazardous air pollutants (HAP), such as styrene, methyl methacrylate (MMA), methylene chloride (dichloromethane), toluene, xylene, n-hexane, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK), and methyl chloroform (1,1,1- trichloroethane).

The NESHAP will implement section 112(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) by requiring all major sources to meet HAP emission standards reflecting the application of the maximum achievable control technology (MACT).

Rule History

05/17/2019 - Proposed Risk and Technology Review Amendments

10/03/2001 – Federal Register Correction

08/22/2001 – Final Rule

07/14/2000 – Proposed Rule

Additional Resources

To submit comments on the emissions risk modeling file for the proposed Risk and Technology Review Proposed Rulemaking, please use this Public Comment Review Tool(2 MB, 4/24/2019)

Fact Sheet:  Proposed Amendments to Air Toxics Standards for Boat Manufactuirng and Reinforced Plastic Composites Manufacturing

Fact Sheet: Final Regulation to Reduce Toxic Air Pollutant Emissions from the Boat Manufacturing Industry

Related Rules

Control Techniques Guidelines for Fiberglass Boat Manufacturing Materials


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