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Large Appliances (Industrial Surface Coating): New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)

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Rule Summary

This rule establishes standards of performance to limit emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC's) from new, modified, and reconstructed surface coating operations within large appliance assembly plants.

This standard implements Section 111 of the Clean Air Act and is based on the Administrator's determination that the surface coating of large appliances causes, or contributes significantly to, air pollution that may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare.

The intended effect of this standard is to require all new, modified, and reconstructed large appliance surface coating operations to control emissions to the level achievable through use of the best demonstrated system of continuous emission reduction, considering costs, non-airquality health, and environmental and energy impacts.

Rule History

10/27/1982 – Final Rule

12/24/1980 – Proposed Rule

Related Rules

Surface Coating of Large Appliances: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)

Control Techniques Guidelines for Large Appliance Coatings

Control of Volatile Organic Emissions from Existing Sources: Surface Coating of Large Appliances


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