Hundreds of Environmental Groups Urge Massive Rulemaking Changes to Control Air Emissions at Plastics Manufacturing Facilities

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Led by the Center for Biological Diversity, a group of 364 environmental and other non-governmental organizations have filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revise standards applicable to petro-plastics production facilities under sections 111 and 112 of the Clean Air Act (CAA). The petition requests that EPA impose unprecedented controls on such facilities and take the following actions, in short:

  1. List ethylene, propylene, polyethylene, and polypropylene production facilities as a source category under CAA section 111 and promulgate New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for nitrogen oxides (NOx) and other pollutants from these sources.
  2. Require all on-site energy needs at those facilities be met with zero-emission energy.
  3. Update the NSPS for facilities that produce plastic precursors and resins to effectively eliminate the emissions of criteria pollutants and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from new sources.
  4. Update the Generic Maximum Achievable Control Technology Standards (MACT) for Ethylene Production to effectively eliminate emissions of hazardous air pollutants from new and existing facilities.
  5. Update the NSPS and National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) to reflect advances in detection and control technologies.

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