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Polymer Manufacturing Industry: Standards of Performance for Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions

Rule Summary

The standards limit volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions from certain process sources in new, modified, and reconstructed affected facilities within polymer manufacturing plants that produce the following basic polymers: polypropylene, polyethylene, polystyrene, and poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET).

In addition, the standards apply to certain sources in polymer manufacturing plants that produce copolymers consisting of at least 50 percent weight of ethylene, propylene, or bis-(2-hydroxylethyl)- terephthalate, or at least 80 percent by weight of styrene.

The standards also cover VOC emissions from equipment leaks in all of these plants except those producing PET or PET copolymers. The standards do not cover manufacturers of elastomers or synthetic rubber.

See the regulations below for more details.

Rule History

03/22/1991 - Federal Register Correction

12/11/1990 - Final Rule

01/10/1989 - Proposed Rule & Reopening of Public Comment Period

09/30/1987 - Proposed Rule & Notice of Public Hearing

Additional Resources

 

Related Rules:

Group I Polymers and Resins: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)

Epoxy Resins Production and Non-Nylon Polyamides: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)

Manufacture of Amino/Phenolic Resins: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)

Control of Volatile Organic Compound Leaks from Synthetic Organic Chemical and Polymer Manufacturing Equipment

Control of Volatile Organic Compound Emissions from Manufacture of High-Density Polyethylene, Polypropylene, and Polystyrene Resins