Polyether Polyols Production: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)
Polyether polyols are used in making lubricants, adhesives, sealants, cosmetics, soaps, and feedstock polymers for urethanes production. Air toxics can be emitted at several points along the manufacturing process.
The hazardous air pollutants (HAP) emitted by the facilities producing polyether polyols include ethylene oxide (EO), propylene oxide (PO), hexane, toluene, and incidental emissions of several other HAP. Some of these pollutants are considered to be probable human carcinogens when inhaled, and all can cause toxic effects following exposure.
The rule is estimated to reduce emissions of these pollutants by 1,810 Megagrams per year (Mg/yr) (2,000 tons per year (tons/yr)).
See the regulations below for more details.
03/27/2014 - Final Rule
03/21/2012 - Reopening of public comment period
01/09/2012 - Proposed Rule
07/01/2004 - Correction
07/06/2000 - Withdrawal of amendment in direct final rule
06/01/1999 - Final rule
03/09/1999 - Proposed rule; Amendments
11/12/1997 - Reopening of public comment period
10/20/1997 - Proposed rule; correction
09/04/1997 - Proposed rules and notice of public hearing