Controlling VOC Emissions from Batch Processes
Rules in Title 30, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 115 for controlling emissions of volatile organic compounds from batch processes. These rules are part of the State Implementation Plan strategy to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone.
- Beaumont–Port Arthur area (Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange counties)
- Houston-Galveston-Brazoria area (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties)
Description of Rules
- The rules reduce VOC emissions from batch processes, or processes that are not continuous.
- The rules require a 90 percent reduction in VOC emissions and include testing, monitoring, and record-keeping requirements.
The Chapter 115 rule history for batch processes discusses revisions to the rules, including their proposal and adoption, the associated State Implementation Plan revision, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval.
- The Decision Support System can help you determine if you are subject to the Chapter 115 batch process rules
- Resources for small businesses and local governments
- American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standards
- EPA Test Methods
- EPA performance specifications for continuous emission-monitoring systems and CEMS quality-assurance procedures
- Chapter 115 Stakeholder Group
- State plan to meet the national ozone standard
- Air permitting and registration
- Tax relief for pollution-control property
- Point source emissions inventory
- The rules are based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Control of VOC Emissions from Batch Processes: Alternative Control Techniques (EPA-453/R-93-017, February 1994). Note: In Section 115.164 this document is identified as “EPA-453/R-94-020.”