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Boat Manufacturing: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)

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Rule Summary

The processes regulated include fiberglass resin and gel coat operations, carpet and fabric adhesive operations, and aluminum recreational boat painting operations.

The EPA has identified boat manufacturing as a major source of hazardous air pollutants (HAP), such as styrene, methyl methacrylate (MMA), methylene chloride (dichloromethane), toluene, xylene, n-hexane, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), methyl isobutyl ketone (MIBK), and methyl chloroform (1,1,1- trichloroethane).

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

Rule History

03/20/2020 - Final Risk and Technology Review Amendments

05/17/2019 - Proposed Risk and Technology Review Amendments

10/03/2001 – Federal Register Correction

08/22/2001 – Final Rule

07/14/2000 – Proposed Rule

Additional Resources

Fact Sheet: Final Amendments to Air Toxics Standards for Boat Manufacturing and Reinforced Plastic Composites Production

Proposed Amendments:

Fact Sheet: Final Regulation to Reduce Toxic Air Pollutant Emissions from the Boat Manufacturing Industry

Related Rules

Control Techniques Guidelines for Fiberglass Boat Manufacturing Materials


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