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Re: Use of acetone in reformulated products


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From: Anthony Sasson (Anthony.Sasson@epa.state.oh.us)
Date: Thu May 06 1999 - 12:07:21 CDT


For a summary of environmental and safety regulations on acetone, plus other related information, see our www site at http://www.epa.state.oh.us/opp/solvents/fact34.html

Anthony Sasson
Ohio EPA

anthony.sasson@epa.state.oh.us
Anthony Sasson
Ohio EPA, Office of Pollution Prevention
P.O. Box 1049, Lazarus Government Center
Columbus, OH 43216-1049
614/644-2810 fax - 644-2329
http://www.epa.state.oh.us/opp

>>> Robert Gifford <gifford@epd.engr.wisc.edu> 05/06 12:25 PM >>>
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Being an EPA hazardous air pollutant and being an EPA hazardous
waste and being a pollutant regulated under EPA water regualtons
(sorry I do not recall the umbrella term for the water program) are
three different things . So, I would change the second sentence of
Alex's message to say, "The compounds on the Clean Air Act
section 112 list of hazardous air pollutants are the only compounds
which US EPA considers to be hazardous air pollutants." The
original section 112 list of HAPs contained 189 items. One item,
caprolactam, has since been removed.

If a compound is on the list of hazardous air pollutants, then it needs
to be considered/counted in assessing whether a facility is a major
source of hazardous air pollutants (title V operating permit
applicability). If a compound is on the list of hazardous air
pollutants, then it can also be regulated under a national emission
standard for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP, aka MACT) for a
particular industry (e.g., printing and publishing).

If a compound is not on the list of hazardous air pollutants, then (as
far as EPA is concerned) it does not need to be counted in
determining whether a facility is a major source of hazardous air
pollutants for title V. If a compound is not on the list of hazardous
air
pollutants, then it does not get regulated by EPA under a NESHAP.
(One possible exception perhaps being, for example, a NESHAP
that uses VOC as a surrogate for HAP.)

A compound that is not an EPA HAP may be an EPA VOC - for
example heptane - and therefore it would be covered under EPA
regulations for VOC.

Acetone and methyl acetate are two examples of compounds that
are not EPA HAPs and are not EPA VOCs. This does not mean
that they are totally free from all EPA regulation or from regulation by
other agencies. I do not know how, or even whether, these
particular compounds are regulated by EPA hazardous waste regs
or EPA water regs, but the facts that they are not HAPs and not
VOCs in no way exempts them from being regulated under the
hazardous waste or water programs.

With regard to regulation by other agencies, there are several ways
that compounds that are not EPA HAPs and/or EPA VOCs may be
addressed. First, an individual state or local air agency may decide
to continue to consider a compound a VOC even if EPA has
decided it is not a VOC. Similarly, some state or local air agencies
consider some compounds that are not on EPAs HAP list to be
HAPs under the state orlocal air toxics program. Further, there are
Federal OSHA and state OSHA, and local fire regulations which
may affect the use of these compounds.

>>> <RossRadTec@aol.com> 05/05/99 05:03pm >>>
I think there is some confusion about Hazardous Air
Pollutants(HAP). As far
as I can tell, the original list of 189 HAP's that the EPA devised
comprise
the only chemicals that the EPA considers to be hazardous. That
list does
not contain acetone or methyl acetate and never did. Anyone is
therefore free
(from EPA control) to use these solvents in any way and to any
extent that he
wishes.

If I am incorrect in this I would be very grateful to have someone
correct
me. I believe this to be a very dangerous situation.

Alex Ross

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