US PVC firms want more time to comment on proposed emission rule

30 June 2011 21:54  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--A coalition of US polyvinyl chloride (PVC) producers requested an extension on the comment period for a proposed federal environmental ruling on plant emissions, sources said on Thursday.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a rule on April 15 regulating emissions from PVC producers in the US. Written comments on the proposed rule will be accepted until 19 July.  

The trade organisation The Vinyl Institute created a working group of PVC producers, which submitted a letter asking for an extension of 45 days to comment on the proposal.

The companies asked for more time to comment on the ruling because of what they considered were inadequate methodologies of testing and the delay of technical documents from the EPA - which were not released until 1 June, according to the letter.

Ernesta Jones, a spokeswoman for the EPA, confirmed receiving the request from the trade group.

“We are currently reviewing their request,” she wrote in an email.

The working group included Formosa Plastics USA, Occidental Chemical’s OxyVinyls, PolyOne, Shintech, Westlake, Georgia Gulf and Dow Chemical. 

Public hearings were held in Texas and Louisiana on 7 and 9 June.

For more on polyvinyl chloride visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: Ruth Liao
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