Proposed Pa. Regulations on Industrial Cleaning Solvents

Date: January 01, 2014

State contact is: Randy Bordner at ranbordner@pa.gov or 717-787-9702 

Control of VOC Emissions from Industrial
Cleaning Solvents
:  This proposed rulemaking would regulate VOC
emissions from the use of industrial cleaning solvents to remove adhesives,
inks, paint, soil, oil, or grease from a production-related or
maintenance-related work area or from a part, product, tool, machinery,
equipment, vessel, floor, or wall.

The
owner and operator of an affected facility at which the total actual VOC
emissions from all cleaning operations at the facility are equal to or greater
than 15 pounds per day, before consideration of controls, would be required to
either use compliant cleaning materials or operate an add-on air pollution control
device to reduce VOC emissions.  These
owners and operators would also be required to implement specified work
practice requirements for cleaning solvents, used shop towels and waste
materials. 

Compliant
cleaning solvents must meet either of these limits:  a vapor pressure less than 8 millimeters of
mercury or a VOC content less than or equal to 50 grams of VOC per liter of
cleaning solvent (0.42 pounds of VOC per gallon of cleaning solvent). 

The
owners and operators of all affected facilities, including those owners and
operators of affected facilities that have total actual VOC emissions below 15
pounds per day, before consideration of VOC emission controls, would be subject
to certain recordkeeping and reporting requirements. 

The 15
pounds or more per day of VOC emissions is approximately equivalent to the
evaporative loss from about 2 gallons of solvents per day.  

Examples
of compliant lower vapor pressure solvents include but are not limited to
mineral spirits and Stoddard solvents. 
Solvents exempted by the EPA such as acetone, would also be subject to
the proposed rulemaking requirements.

Examples
of potentially affected industries include computer and electronic product
manufacturing, computer storage device manufacturing, repair and maintenance of
electronic and precision equipment, appliance repair and maintenance,
reupholstery and furniture repair, ball and roller bearing manufacturing, construction
machinery manufacturing, commercial and industrial machinery and equipment
repair and maintenance, sign manufacturing, food product manufacturing, fabricated
metal product manufacturing, and fiber and fabric manufacturing. 

A copy
of the text of the draft proposed rulemaking may be seen here

Industries
that are not affected by this proposed rulemaking are listed on page 2 in the link above.  

 

 

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