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Ethylene Oxide Emissions Standards for Sterilization Facilities: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)

Rule Summary

This action promulgates National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for ethylene oxide commercial sterilization and fumigation operations. These standards implement section 112 of the Clean Air Act and are based on the Administrator's determination that commercial sterilization and fumigation operations emit ethylene oxide, a pollutant identified in the Act list of 189 hazardous air pollutants (HAP). The intent of the standards is to protect public health by requiring existing and new major sources to control emissions to the level achievable by the maximum achievable control technology (MACT) and by requiring existing and new area sources to control emissions using generally available control technology (GACT).
 

Rule History

04/07/2006 - Final Decision

03/25/2005 - Proposed Rulemaking

12/19/2005 - Final Rule (Title V Operating Permit Deferrals for Area Sources)

10/24/2005 - Proposed Decision; request for comment

11/02/2001 - Final Rule; amendments

12/14/1999 - Final Rule; amendments (Title V Operating Permit Deferrals for Area Sources)

08/18/1999 - Proposed Amendments (Title V Operating Permit Deferrals for Area Sources)

10/23/1997 - Notice

06/03/1996 - Final Rule

12/13/1995 - Proposed Rule

12/06/1994 - Final Rule

03/07/1994 - Proposed Rule & Notice of Public Hearing

Additional Resources

Ethylene Oxide Commercial Sterilization and Fumigation Operations NESHAP: Implementation Document

Fact Sheets: Final Air Toxics Rules for Ethylene Oxide Emissions from Commercial Sterilization and Fumigation Operations

Fact Sheet: Proposed Air Toxics Standards for Hospital Sterilizers

View the supporting documents in the docket folder to find additional related documents to this rule.

Related Rules

Hospital Ethylene Oxide Sterilizers: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)

Alternative Control Technology Document: Ethylene Oxide Sterilization/Fumigation Operations