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Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Implementation Tools for the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Aerospace Manufacturing and Rework Facilties

The Program Implementation and Review Group (PIRG) within the Information Transfer and Program Integration Division (ITPID) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) has been developing implementation tools for EPA’s air quality regulations for years.

Until now, PIRG has received only anecdotal feedback on the usefulness and effectiveness of these tools from their target audiences (industry and Federal, State, and local air pollution control agencies). There has been no structured mechanism for soliciting feedback on these tools.

The purpose of this evaluation was to conduct a formal survey of the users of PIRG’s implementation tools to determine the effectiveness of the tools. The tools for the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Aerospace Manufacturing and Rework Facilities (Aerospace NESHAP) were chosen for this pilot study because the numerous Aerospace NESHAP implementation tools are still largely used as a model for other tools and because PIRG had a good list of the recipients and potential recipients of the tools. This pilot study will be used as a template for future efforts to evaluate the effectiveness of PIRG’s implementation tools.

For more information on the rule, visit the regulation page for Aerospace Manufacturing and Rework Facilities: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP).

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