EPA Issues NESHAP Standards

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing national emission standards regarding the control of hazardous air pollutants for nine metal fabrication and finishing area source categories. This final rule, which went into effect on July 23, establishes emission standards in the form of management practices and equipment standards for new and existing operations of dry abrasive blasting, machining, dry grinding, and dry polishing with machines, spray painting, and other spray coating, as well as welding operations.

This final rule applies to area sources where the primary activity of their facilities is in one of the following nine source categories: (1) electrical and electronic equipment finishing operations; (2) fabricated metal products; (3) fabricated plate work (boiler shops); (4) fabricated structural metal manufacturing; (5) heating equipment, except electric; (6) industrial machinery and equipment finishing operations; (7) iron and steel forging; (8) primary metal products manufacturing; and (9) valves and pipe fittings. More specifically, this rule applies to area sources in these nine source categories that use or have the potential to emit compounds of cadmium, chromium, lead, manganese, or nickel from metal fabrication or finishing operations.

Facilities affected by this final rule are not subject to the miscellaneous coating requirements in 40 CFR part 63, subpart HHHHHH, "National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources," for their affected source(s) that are subject to the requirements of this final rule. There potentially may be other operations at the area sources that are not subject to the requirements of this final rule, but are instead subject to subpart HHHHHH of this part.

The EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2006-0306. All documents in the docket are listed in the Federal Docket Management System index at For more information, call (919) 541-5251 or e-mail

Source: Federal Register

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