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EPA/OAR RIN: 2060-AT73 Publication ID: Fall 2018 
Title: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Asbestos: Notice of Request for Approval of an Alternative Work Practice for Asbestos Cement Pipe Replacement 

Water, including drinking water, waste water and storm water; is handled by a system of pipes which deliver water to residences; commercial, institutional and industrial users; transfer waste water from users to wastewater treatment plants; and carry untreated storm water to streams and lakes. Existing water pipes of all types run beneath and beside major roadways, beneath buildings and overlap other utilities (e.g., gas, electricity, cable); their replacement can potentially be problematic, especially in high density residential, industrial and urban areas. Even replacement in suburban and rural areas can require careful navigation beneath roadways and other major structures. As the infrastructure of municipalities age, utilities serving the population need to replace deteriorated water pipes. Existing water pipes can be made of various components such as clay, iron, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), concrete and asbestos cement (A/C). These A/C pipes are potentially subject to regulation under the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Asbestos (Asbestos NESHAP) when replaced. The Asbestos NESHAP sets work practice standards designed to minimize releases of asbestos to protect human health. The Agency received a request to approve a new alternative work practice (AWP) for the replacement of A/C pipes that is done using a trenchless technique called close tolerance pipe slurrification (CTPS). EPA issued a notice soliciting comment on the CTPS AWP on April 25, 2018 (83 FR 18042). In this final notice, the EPA presents the results of the evaluation of the alternative work practice.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 61   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq., Clean Air Act   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/25/2018  83 FR 18042   
NPRM Comment Period End  06/25/2018 
Final Rule  12/00/2018 
Additional Information: Docket #:EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0427
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Sectors Affected: 221310 Water Supply and Irrigation Systems; 237110 Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction; 237120 Oil and Gas Pipeline and Related Structures Construction; 237210 Land Subdivision; 237990 Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction; 238910 Site Preparation Contractors; 486990 All Other Pipeline Transportation; 488999 All Other Support Activities for Transportation; 562910 Remediation Services 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Susan Fairchild
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Air and Radiation
109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Mail Code D-243-04,
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
Phone:919 541-5167

Korbin Smith
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Air and Radiation
109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Mail Code D243-04,
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
Phone:919 541-2416