Shipbuilding and Ship Repair (Surface Coating): National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)

Rule Summary

The national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) requires existing and new major sources to control emissions using the maximum achievable control technology (MACT) to control hazardous air pollutants (HAP).

The standard is based on maximum HAP limits for various categories of marine coatings.  Surface coating operations at shipyards are the focus of the NESHAP, and a variety of HAP are used as solvents in marine coatings.  The HAP emitted by the facilities covered by this final rule include xylene, toluene, ethylbenzene, methyl isobutyl ketone, ethylene glycol, and glycol ethers. All of these pollutants can cause reversible or irreversible toxic effects following exposure.  Emissions of the HAP MEK were included in the emissions inventory and emission reduction estimates for this source category. MEK has been delisted since promulgation of the final rule.

The final rule is estimated to reduce baseline emissions of HAP by 24 percent, or 350 tons per year (318.5 Mg/yr).

Rule History

11/21/2011 – Final Rule

12/21/2010 – Proposed Rule

06/23/2003 – Final Rule; Clarification to Existing National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants Delegations' Provisions

10/17/2000 – Final Rule; Amendments to Stationary Source Testing and Monitoring Rules

12/17/1996 – Correction to 1995 Final Rule

08/27/1996 – Notice of Release of Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG)

06/18/1996 – Proposed Rule & Direct Final Rule

12/15/1995 – Final Rule

12/06/1994 – Proposed Rule

Additional Resources

Surface Coating Operations at Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Facilities--Background Information for Proposed Standards

Fact Sheet: Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) for Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Facilities Operation (Surface Coating)

View the supporting documents in the docket folder to find additional related documents to the 2011 final rule.

Related Rules

Alternative Control Techniques Document Surface Coating Operations at Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Facilities


Evaluation Of Application For Approval Of Alternative Methodology For Compliance With The NESHAP For Shipbuilding and Ship Repair and Recommended Requirements For Compliance

Guidebook On How To Comply With The Shipbuilding And Ship Repair (Surface Coating) Operations National Emission Standards For Hazardous Air Pollutants

Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Surface Coating National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) Compliance Inspection: How to Perform the Inspection