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EPA finalizing emissions guidelines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing Control Technology Guidelines, which will be used by states to regulate air emissions from boat plants in non-attainment areas, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reports.

Non-attainment areas are regions that have air pollution levels in excess of prescribed limits.

The EPA has proposed that boat plants in non-attainment areas comply with levels for hazardous air pollutants in the Maximum Achievable Control Technology regulation, which affects manufacturers of fiberglass boats.

The proposal assumes all volatile organic compounds are hazardous air pollutants. The NMMA is concerned there are additional non-HAP VOCs ,and is working with resin manufacturers and the American Composites Manufacturing Association to identify and quantify these VOCs, so information can be provided to EPA.

The EPA has also proposed Control Technology Guidelines for industrial adhesives and plastic and metal parts-coating operations. This includes marine manufacturing processes, ranging from the painting of fiberglass boats, to the adhesives used to join hulls and decks, to carpet fabric and upholstery adhesives.

The NMMA is working closely with marine paint manufacturers and the National Paint and Coating Association to provide comment on this proposed guidance.

To read a copy of the proposed Control Technology Guidelines, visit: http://www.epa.gov/ttn/oarpg/t1/ctg/20080703_fiberglass_boat.pdf, or contact John McKnight at jmcknight@nmma.org or (202) 737-9757.

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