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Printing, Coating, and Dyeing of Fabrics and Other Textiles: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)

Rule Summary

The final standards implement section 112(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) by requiring all major sources to meet the hazardous air pollutants (HAP) emission standards reflecting the application of the maximum achievable control technology (MACT).

The EPA has estimated that there are approximately 135 major source facilities in the printing, coating, and dyeing of fabrics and other textiles source category. The principal HAP emitted by these sources include toluene, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), methanol, xylenes, methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK), methylene chloride, trichloroethylene, n-hexane, glycol ethers (ethylene glycol), and formaldehyde.

We estimated that compliance with the emission limits in the final rule will result in reductions of nationwide organic HAP emissions of 4,100 tpy (3,700 Megagrams per year (Mg/yr)). This represents a reduction of 60 percent from the baseline organic HAP emissions of 6,800 tpy (6,200 Mg/yr).

Rule History

08/04/2004 – Proposed Rule; amendment & Direct Final Rule

05/29/2003 – Final Rule

07/11/2002 – Proposed Rule

Additional Resources

Fact Sheets: Final Rule to Reduce Toxic Air Pollutants from Printing, Coating, and Dyeing of Fabrics and Other Textiles

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Source Category: Printing, Coating, and Dyeing of Fabrics and Other Textiles - Summary of Public Comments and Responses on Proposed Rule

Compliance

Compliance Timeline for Printing, Coating, and Dyeing of Fabrics and Other Textiles

Applicability Determination Index (ADI).  The ADI is maintained by EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) and provides a data base of memoranda dealing with applicability issues.  The database is searchable by Subpart.