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EPA to address pollution rules at IBEX

A representative from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will address residual risk at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference.

Brian Storey, the EPA’s specialist responsible for the boat manufacturing Residual Risk Review, will be presenting a boatbuilder update at IBEX on Oct. 2 at 8:30 a.m.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is strongly encouraging boatbuilders to attend the session because the EPA Boat Manufacturing Residual Risk Review final rule could have a significant impact on boat plant operations.

Residual Risk Review is the last boatbuilder program in the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, which requires the EPA to look at any additional risk that the hazardous air pollutants emitted from boat manufacturing plants may have on the local community.

It also requires the EPA to determine if any hazardous air pollutants were not regulated under MACT, and finally if there may be a new technology since MACT that could be applied to boat building to further reduce HAP emissions.

This session will provide boatbuilders with the current status of the rulemaking directly from the EPA staff person who is responsible for drafting the proposed rule.

The NMMA will also discuss what it is doing to further prepare boat builders in the event that styrene or other HAPs emitted from boat plants are reclassified to a category with increased risk.

Following the session, Storey will tour the exhibit hall and meet with the resin and gel coat and equipment folks to check out the new materials, processes and technologies.

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