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Risk and Technology Review: Boat Manufacturing and Reinforced Plastics Manufacturing National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants

EPA is proposing minor amendments to the 2001 National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Boat Manufacturing and the 2003 NESHAP for Reinforced Plastic Composites Manufacturing. Boat Manufacturing includes regulated processes such as fiberglass resin and gel coat operations, carpet and fabric adhesive operations, and aluminum recreation boat painting operations. The Reinforced Plastic Composites Manufacturing source category includes the production and ancillary processes used to manufacture products with thermoset resins and gel coats.

Based on the results of required residual risk and technology reviews, EPA has determined that risks from these source categories are acceptable and has identified no developments in practices, processes or control technologies that would further reduce emissions of hazardous air pollutants. The current standards continue to provide an ample margin of safety to protect public health and the environment. This proposed action clarifies that the standards are applicable during periods of startup, shutdown and malfunction. EPA is also proposing to require the electronic reporting of compliance reports, including performance test results. While the proposed rules would not result in further emission reductions, this action would improve monitoring, compliance and implementation at no cost to industry.

A summary fact sheet and pre-publication version of the proposal are available below.

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