14 February 2012 19:59 [Source: ICIS news]
WASHINGTON (ICIS)--The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday issued a final rule reducing the allowable emissions of vinyl chloride and other pollutants at 17 ?xml:namespace>
The agency said that the new environmental standards for PVC producers in the
When the PVC production facility emissions reductions were first proposed by EPA in April 2011, the agency estimated that the amount of toxins would be reduced by 1,500 tonnes.
In addition to new limits on emissions of vinyl chloride, the final rule also covers chlorinated di-benzo dioxins and furans (CDDF) and hydrogen chloride.
The agency said that 15 major PVC production facilities in the
EPA defines a major PVC production facility as one that emits more than 10 tonnes annually of any single toxin covered by the rule or 25 tonnes/year of any combination of the specified toxins. An “area source” is one that has emissions below those threshold amounts.
PVC is widely used in paints and coatings, adhesives, clear plastics and in rigid plastic products such as flooring materials and plumbing pipe.
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