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EPA Proposing 10 Air Toxics Standards

Release Date: 11/22/2002
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Dave Deegan 202-564-9828/

(11/22/2002) EPA reached an important milestone today in reducing industrial emissions of toxic air pollutants, when EPA Administrator Christie Whitman approved for publication in the Federal Register the last 10 proposed air toxic standards required under the Clean Air Act.
Air toxics, also known as hazardous air pollutants are known, or suspected, to cause cancer and other serious health problems in humans. In 1990, Congress required EPA to control emissions of 188 air toxics from more than 100 different types of industries.

The standards being proposed are: auto & light duty truck surface coating; combustion turbines; industrial, commercial and institutional boilers and process heaters; iron & steel foundries; lime manufacturing; metal can surface coating; plywood and composite wood products manufacturing; primary magnesium refining; reciprocating internal combustion engines; and taconite iron ore processing. In five of the proposals, EPA is asking the public to comment on options that might reduce industry’s cost of implementing these standards for facilities that already meet the Clean Air Act’s stringent health standards.

Also today, EPA approved for publication in the Federal Register a final air toxics rule for municipal solid waste landfills. The rule changes some reporting requirements and requires bioreactor landfills to control emissions sooner than conventional landfills.