Ceramic Industry

EPA Approves New Ohio Composites Emissions Rule

August 1, 2011

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced it has approved Ohio’s new rule for the control of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from reinforced plastic composites production operations. This rule replaces the applicable provisions of the state’s long-standing general rule for VOC emitting sources. Ohio-based composites shops complying with the new rule are no longer subject to the general VOC rule.

“We are proud of the role the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) played in securing this rule change,” said ACMA President Lori Luchak of Miles Fiberglass and Composites. “The limits in the general VOC rule severely restricted composites manufacturing operations in Ohio, hurting small businesses and costing the state revenue and jobs. While this new approach is equally protective of the environment, it allows a much higher degree of operational flexibility.

“Although Ohio is one of the top states for composites production, it’s had very little custom molding because of the provisions of the general VOC control rule. We anticipate this new rule will change that situation, benefiting our members and helping to improve Ohio’s economic and employment picture.”

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