Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Stiffer Toxic Controls Coming

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Stiffer Toxic Controls Coming

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After more than a year of debate and negotiation, amendments to the Clean Air Act (CAA) passed in both the House and Senate, marking the first reauthorization of the legislation since 1977. At press-time, President Bush's signature on the legislation was considered imminent.

Title III of the new Clean Air Act, which focuses on toxic air pollutants, lists 189 chemicals for which EPA must determine maximum achievable control technologies (MACT) within the next 10 years. Title III covers sources emitting more than 10 tons per year of any listed substance, or 25 tons per year of any combination of listed chemicals.

Joe Mayhew, director of environmental programs at the Chemical Manufacturers Association (CMA), said the financial impact of the amendments on the chemical industry would be "significant." Individual plant managers, he warned, will be faced with a number of new concerns, including process vent regulations.

"Wherever there is any process venting into the atmosphere, they'll have to implement MACT, if there aren't any in place already," said Mayhew.

Other concerns among facility operators will include tighter fugitive emission controls, such as leaks from valves and pumps, said Mayhew. …

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