An important Direct Final Rule from the EPA:
EPA is taking direct final action on the National Volatile Organic Compound Emission Standards for Aerosol Coatings, which establishes national reactivity-based emission standards for the aerosol coatings category (aerosol spray paints) under the Clean Air Act (CAA). In this direct final action, EPA is moving the applicability and compliance dates for aerosol coatings from January 1, 2009, to July 1, 2009. EPA is also making initial notifications required due on the compliance date, as opposed to 90 days in advance of the compliance date...
EPA is publishing this rule without a prior proposed rule because we view this as a non-controversial action and anticipate no adverse comment. The final rule has a provision that allows regulated entities to petition EPA to add compounds to Tables 2A, 2B, and 2C--Reactivity Factors of subpart E, 40 CFR part 59. It is necessary to move the compliance date to allow time to add compounds that are currently used in aerosol coatings, but were not included on the list of reactivity factors in Table 2 of the final rule. Removing the requirement for a 90 day advance submittal of initial notifications will make the aerosol coatings rule consistent with the requirements of other part 59 rules, increasing consistency and clarity for the regulated entities.
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