Delaware is working on amendments to 7 DE Admin Code 1124, Control of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Emissions. These amendments fall into two categories: 1) amendments associated with federal Control Techniques Guidelines (CTGs), and 2) amendments to reduce VOC emissions to aid Delaware in attainment of Federal and State air quality standards.
- The Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 182(b)(2) requires that all ozone non-attainment areas must develop or update relevant regulations to implement Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) controls on emission sources covered in EPA’s Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) or Alternate Control Techniques (ACT), and submit the regulations to EPA as State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions. These EPA CTGs recommend the level of control that States should require covered industries to meet. CTGs form the basis for many of the requirements we have in 7 DE Admin Code 1124, Control of Volatile Organic Compound Emissions. Recently, the EPA has updated several of their CTGs, and Delaware is, in turn, updating 1124. The EPA CTGs may be found here.
More specifically, Delaware is working on CTG related updates to the following Sections of 7 DE Admin Code 1124:
Draft regulations are currently being updated and revised, and comments or questions from the public and regulated entities are encouraged. We anticipate the publication of a formal proposed regulation in the May 1, 2010 edition of the Delaware Register of Regulations. A Public hearing is tentatively scheduled to be held on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the DNREC Richardson and Robbins Auditorium in Dover.
- Delaware's air quality does not meet Federal and State air quality standards relative to the pollutant ozone, and VOC emissions are one ofthe major contributors to the formation of ground level ozone.
The purpose of this action is to amend 7 DE Admin Code 1124, Section 11.0, Mobile Equipment Repair and Refinishing. Section 11.0 was last revised in 2001 based on an Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) model rule. The OTC has developed a new model rule entitled “Motor Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Non-assembly Line Coating Operations,” which is based on a California Air Resources Board (CARB) 2005 “Suggested Control Measure for Automotive Coatings.” CARB has a long history of regulating coating operations, and has performed significant scientific studies and held many stakeholder meetings to insure the requirements are achievable, and that product performance is maintained or enhanced. All of this information will be considered in the development of this regulatory revision. The other OTC states are in the process of adopting similar regulations
This draft regulation is currently being updated and revised, and comments or questions from the public and regulated entities are encouraged. We anticipate the publication of a formal proposed regulation in the May 1, 2010 edition of the Delaware Register of Regulations. And, a public hearing is tentatively scheduled to be held on June 10, 2010 beginning at 6:00p.m. in the DNREC Richardson and Robbins Auditorium in Dover.
Last Revised: 9/28/10