Controlling VOC Emissions from Industrial Cleaning Solvents
Rules in Title 30, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 115 for controlling emissions of volatile organic compounds from industrial cleaning solvents. These rules are part of the State Implementation Plan strategy to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone.
- Dallas–Fort Worth area (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, and Tarrant counties)
- Houston-Galveston-Brazoria area (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties)
Description of Rules
- Reduce VOC emissions from solvent cleaning operations that are not regulated by the degreasing process rules in 30 TAC Chapter 115, Subchapter E, Division 1.
- Limit the VOC content of cleaning solutions.
- Require specific work practices.
- Include testing, monitoring, and record-keeping requirements.
The Chapter 115 rule history for industrial cleaning solvents discusses revisions to the rules, including their proposal and adoption, the associated State Implementation Plan revision, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval.
- Resources for small businesses and local governments
- American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standards
- EPA Test Methods
- The Chapter 115 Stakeholder Group helps the agency with air quality issues
- Control Techniques Guidelines Stakeholder Group helps the agency with air quality issues related to the EPA's Control Techniques Guidelines recommendations for controlling emissions in the state's nonattainment areas.
- State plan to meet the national ozone standard
- Air permitting and registration
- Tax relief for pollution-control property
- Point source emissions inventory
- These rules are based on the EPA’s recommendations in the 2006 Control Techniques Guidelines for Industrial Cleaning Solvents (EPA 453/R-08-005)
- Industrial Cleaning Solvents and Adhesives Inventory Research: Final Report was used in the development of these rules