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Automobile and Light-Duty Truck Surface Coating Operations: New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)

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Rule Summary

This rule establishes standards of performance to limit emissions of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from new, modified, and reconstructed automobile and light duty truck surface coatings operations. These standards implement Section 111 of the Clean Air Act (CAA), and are based on the Administrator’s determination that automobile and light-duty truck surface coating operations within assembly plants contribute significantly to air pollution, which may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare.

The intent is to require new, modified, and reconstructed automobile and light-duty truck surface coating operations to use the best demonstrated system of continuous emission reduction, considering costs, non-air quality health and environmental and energy impacts. The standards will reduce VOC emissions by 4800 metric tons per year or 80 percent by 1983, compared to emission levels allowed by most states. This is based on estimates that four new assembly line surface coatings operations will be constructed by 1983.

Rule History

10/11/1994 – Final Rule

12/13/1990 – Final Rule

09/29/1987 – Proposed Rule

09/09/1985 – Notice of Final Rulemaking

09/24/1984 – Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

02/04/1983 – Notice of Final Rulemaking

08/06/1982 – Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

12/24/1980 – Final Rule

10/05/1979 – Proposed Rule


Related Rules

Surface Coating of Automobiles and Light-Duty Trucks: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)

Control Techniques Guidelines for Automobile and Light-Duty Truck Assembly Coatings


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