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Pressure Sensitive Tape and Label Surface Coating Industry: New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)

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Rule Summary

This standard implements Section 111 of the Clean Air Act and is based on the Administrator's determination that industrial paper coating facilities contribute significantly to air pollution which may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare. Pressure sensitive tape and label manufacturing is one of the largest contributors to air pollution in the industrial paper coating category. The intended effect of the standard is to require all new, modified, and reconstructed pressure sensitive tape and label surface coating lines to use the best demonstrated system of continuous emissions reduction, considering costs, nonair quality health, and' environmental and energy impacts.

This standard of performance limits emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from new, modified, and reconstructed pressure sensitive tape and label surface coating lines.  EPA estimates this rule will reduce nationwide emissions of VOC by an estimated 10,600 tons (9,500 Mg). This represents a 16 percent reduction of VOC emissions from the source category over required SIP controls (baseline). 

Rule History

10/17/2000 – Final Rule; Amendments to Stationary Source Testing and Monitoring Rules

12/13/1990 - Final Rule; Amendments to Reporting Requirements

10/18/1983 – Final Rule

12/30/1980 – Proposed Rule

Related Rules

Control Techniques Guidelines for Paper, Film, and Foil Coatings

Paper and Other Web Coating: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)


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