Glass Manufacturing Plants New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)

Rule Summary

Section 111 of the Clean Air Act authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop technology based standards which apply to specific categories of stationary sources. These standards are referred to as New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and are found in Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 60 within various subparts. As of 2013, there are approximately 90 NSPS. The NSPS apply to new, modified and reconstructed affected facilities in specific source categories such as glass, cement, and rubber tire manufacturing.

Subpart CC of Part 60 regulates particulate matter (PM) emissions from furnaces at glass manufacturing facilities. There are approximately 125 large glass plants operating in the United States. These plants emit approximately 200,000 tons per year of nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2) and PM. Investigation of this sector has shown that there have been a significant number of plant expansions and new furnace designs, but few applications for the installation of new technology, including pollution controls, as required under new source review (NSR)/prevention of significant deterioration (PSD).

Rule History

05/17/1989 – Federal Register Correction

02/14/1989 – Final Rule

02/19/1988 – Proposed Amendments

10/19/1980 – Final Rule

11/02/1983 – Proposal of Amendments to the Rule

10/07/1980 – Final Rule

06/15/1979 – Proposed Rule

Related Rules

Alternative Control Techniques Document: NOx Emissions From Glass Manufacturing

Glass Manufacturing Area Sources: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)

Inorganic Arsenic Emissions from Glass Manufacturing Plants: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)

Additional Resources

Glass Manufacturing Plants – Background Information for Promulgated Standards of Performance


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