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EPA/OAR RIN: 2060-AV34 Publication ID: Fall 2022 
Title: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations at Area Sources 

The final action will address the agency’s required technology review of the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Paint Stripping and Miscellaneous Surface Coating Operations (“PS-MSCO”). The PS-MSCO NESHAP, subpart HHHHHH, was promulgated pursuant to section 112(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) on January 9, 2008. The NESHAP established work practices for controlling emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) from area sources, using generally available control technologies or management practices. This NESHAP addresses three source categories with different operations and HAP emissions. Paint stripping operations result in methylene chloride emissions. Autobody refinishing spray applications of coatings used in motor vehicle and mobile equipment surface coating operations result in “target HAP” emissions, which include compounds of chromium, lead, manganese, nickel and cadmium. Miscellaneous surface coating operations lead to target HAP emissions due to spray application of coatings that contain target HAP to a plastic and/or metal substrate on a part or product, with some applicability exceptions. The EPA has proposed to determine that there are no cost-effective developments that would further reduce air toxics and therefore has not proposed to amend existing emissions standards based on the technology review. However, the action proposed would provide a simplified alternative to the exemption process for sources that do not spray apply coatings containing target HAP emissions, require electronic reporting, and finalize other proposed minor technical updates and clarifications. In accordance with terms of a consent decree (Our Children’s Earth Foundation v. Wheeler, No. 19-cv-7125 (N.D. Cal.)), the EPA proposed this action by notice published November 19, 2021, and intends to finalize this action by November 1, 2022.

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 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 63    40 CFR 63, subpart HHHHHH     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: secs. 112 and 307(d)(7)(B) of the CAA as amended (42 U.S.C. 7412 and 7607(d)(7)(B)). This action is also subject to section 307(d) of the CAA (42 U.S.C. 7607(d))    42 U.S.C. 7414, 7601   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Judicial  United States District Court Northern District of California, Our Children's Earth Foundation v Andrew Wheeler, Case 3: 19-cv-7125 Filed 10/29/2019.  11/01/2022 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/19/2021  86 FR 66130   
Final Rule  12/00/2022 
Additional Information: EPA-HQ-OAR-2021-0016.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Lisa Sutton
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Air and Radiation
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
Phone:919 541-4991
Fax:919 541-5315

Keith Barnett
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Air and Radiation
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711
Phone:919 541-5605
Fax:919 541-4991