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EPA Issues Pre-Publication PCWP and RTR Proposal

Tomorrow, EPA is expected to publish in the Federal Register the Plywood and Composite Wood Products (PCWP) Risk and Technology Review (RTR) proposal.  EPA shared a prepublication version with CPA and other stakeholders on August 22, and in that communication the Agency stated that “We are proposing no significant changes to the original National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for this source category and have determined the standards continue to provide an ample margin of safety to public health and the environment.”  The RTR proposal includes changes to the startup, shutdown and malfunction (SSM) provisions, testing and reporting requirements, issues concerning thermocouples, shutdown work practices and biofilter averaging periods.  The public comment period will be 45 days from the date the proposal is published in the Federal Register. 

CPA’s PCWP Task Group has begun its review of the RTR proposal.  All U.S. panel producers are encouraged to send Gary Heroux questions, comments and observations by September 13.  CPA will share feedback collected from the Task Group with the American Wood Council’s (AWC) coalition working group, which will be preparing a unified set of comments submitted to EPA.  If specific items arise pertaining to the composite panel industry, CPA will also submit its own set of comments.  The RTR proposal does not address the remanded MACT issues for lumber kilns or other equipment at wood product mills.  MACT issues will be addressed at a later date.  See Pre-publication Proposal and Summary Fact Sheet.   More Info: Gary Heroux

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