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Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Area Sources

Rule Summary

The Environmental Protection Agency has listed ‘‘Paint Stripping,’’ ‘‘Plastic Parts and Products (Surface Coating),’’ and ‘‘Autobody Refinishing Paint Shops’’ as area sources of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) that contribute to the risk to public health in urban areas under the Integrated Urban Air Toxics Strategy. This final rule includes emissions standards that reflect the generally available control technology or management practices in each of these area source categories.

For the purpose of this standard, paint stripping operations are those that perform paint stripping using methylene chloride (MeCl) for the removal of dried paint (including but not limited to paint, enamel, varnish, shellac, and lacquer) from wood, metal, plastic, and other substrates at area sources.  Miscellaneous surface coating operations are those that involve the spray application of coatings that contain compounds of chromium (Cr), lead (Pb), manganese (Mn), nickel (Ni), or cadmium (Cd).

Implementation of the final standards will achieve a reduction of 6,900 tons per year (tpy) of HAP from surface coating operations.  In addition to the HAP, it is estimated a reduction of 2,900 tpy of PM emissions, and a reduction of approximately 20,900 tpy of VOC emissions.

Rule History

02/13/2008 – Federal Register Correction

01/09/2008 – Final Rule

09/17/2007 – Proposed Rule

Additional Resources

Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources Spray Gun Equivalency Approvals

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

Related Rules

National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Automobile Refinish Coatings

Alternatives Control Techniques Document: Automobile Refinishing

Reduction of Volatile Organic Compound Emissions from Automobile Refinishing