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U.S. EPA Sets Air Emission Standards for Asphalt Processors and Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers

Today, the U.S. EPA published in the Federal Register a final rule entitled “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Area Sources: Asphalt Processing and Asphalt Roofing Manufacturing.”  This rule establishes national air emission standards and other requirements for new and existing asphalt processing facilities and asphalt roofing manufacturing facilities.

In general, the rule limits the amount of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (“PAH”) that can be emitted during asphalt processing operations and asphalt roofing manufacturing operations.  Owners and operators of existing facilities are required to conduct an initial compliance assessment, to demonstrate initial compliance with the new limits, by May 31, 2011.  Owners and operators of new facilities are required to conduct the initial compliance assessment by June 1, 2010 or within 180 days after startup, whichever is later.  Owners and operators must also demonstrate continuous compliance based upon a 3-hour averaging period.

The rule also imposes notification, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements.  For example, each facility must submit an initial notification to U.S. EPA within 120 days of December 2, 2009 and a notification of compliance status within 60 days after completion of the compliance assessment.

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