Integrated Iron and Steel Manufacturing: National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants

Rule Summary

This rule promulgates national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for integrated iron and steel manufacturing facilities. The final standards establish emission limitations for hazardous air pollutants (HAP) emitted from new and existing sinter plants, blast furnaces, and basic oxygen process furnace (BOPF) shops. The final standards will implement section 112(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) by requiring all major sources to meet HAP emission standards reflecting application of the maximum achievable control technology (MACT).

The HAP emitted by integrated iron and steel manufacturing facilities include metals (primarily manganese and lead with small quantities of other metals) and trace amounts of organic HAP (such as polycyclic organic matter, benzene, and carbon disulfide). Exposure to these substances has been demonstrated to cause adverse health effects, including chronic and acute disorders of the blood, heart, kidneys, reproductive system, and central nervous system.

Rule History

07/13/2006 - Final rule

08/30/2005 - Proposed rule; amendments

05/20/2003 - Final rule

07/13/2001 - Proposed rule

Additional Resources

September 2012 - Available and Emerging Technologies for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the Iron and Steel Industry

September 2002 - Economic Impact Analysis of Final Integrated Iron and Steel NESHAP

January 2001 - Background Information for Proposed Standards Final Report

January 2001 - Fact Sheet

View the supporting documents in the docket folder to find additional related documents to the rules.