The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) recently issued a number of proposed amendments to existing Air Pollution Control Regulations (APCR) and put each one up for public comment. In all cases listed below, the public comment period expires on November 30, 2018.

APCR No. 15 Control of Organic Solvent

The purpose of this regulation is to limit emissions of volatile organic compounds from stationary sources of air contaminants. RIDEM is proposing to eliminate portions of the regulation that no longer apply.

APCR No. 22 Air Toxics

The purpose of this regulation is to limit emissions of toxic air contaminants from stationary sources. The Department is proposing to remove acetone from the list of toxic air contaminants in Part 22.

APCR No. 28 Operating Permit Fees

The purpose of this regulation is to establish a fee system for the operating permit program. RIDEM is proposing to eliminate portions of the regulation that no longer apply.

APCR No. 29 Operating Permits

The purpose of this regulation is to specify operating permit requirements for stationary sources. RIDEM is proposing to amend the regulation to allow more sources the opportunity to apply for an emissions cap in lieu of an operating permit. Portions of the regulation that no longer apply are proposed to be eliminated.

APCR No. 35 Control of Volatile Organic Compounds and Volatile Hazardous Air Pollutants from Wood Products Manufacturing Operations

The purpose of this regulation is to limit emissions of volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants from wood products manufacturing operations. RIDEM is proposing to amend Part 35 to meet the requirements contained in the EPA Control Technique Guideline Document, "Control of Volatile Organic Compound Emissions from Wood Furniture Manufacturing Operations" and the requirements contained in the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for wood furniture manufacturing operations.

APCR No. 36 Control of Emissions from Organic Solvent Cleaning

The purpose of this regulation is to limit volatile organic compound emissions from solvent cleaning operations. The regulation is being amended to incorporate requirements for industrial cleaning solvents used at facilities whose emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC) from industrial cleaning operations are greater than 2.7 tons in any twelve-month period. The rule exempts cleaning activities associated with several source categories already regulated in existing air pollution control regulations. The amendments include work practice requirements, limitations on the VOC content of solvents used for industrial solvent cleaning and recordkeeping requirements.

APCR No. 44, Control of VOC from Adhesives and Sealants

The purpose of this regulation is to limit volatile organic compound emissions from the adhesives and sealants. RIDEM is proposing to eliminate portions of the regulation that no longer apply.