NYSDEC revised the current 6 NYCRR Part 226 into two parts, “Solvent Cleaning Processes” and “Industrial Cleaning Solvents”, and made changes to Part 201, ‘Permits and Registrations’.
Now, rules apply to the cleaning of all materials, not just metal, and changed the current ‘cold cleaning’ requirement of using a solvent. No changes are being proposed for open top vapor or conveyorized degreasing cleaning processes.
Part 226-1 Solvent Cleaning Processes
Part 226-2 Industrial Cleaning Solvents
The purpose of these changes is intended to reflect changes to the Ozone Transport Commission’s (OTC’s) model rule for solvent degreasing. The changes also incorporate federal Control Techniques Guidelines (CTGs) establishing Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by industrial cleaning solvents.
Subpart 226-1 applies to all owners or operators of facilities who operate:
Subpart 226-2 applies tothe owner or operator of a facility which:
Subpart 226-1 does not apply to:
Subpart 226-2 contains eight (8) exceptions based on the type of the cleaning operation. Emissions from cleaning solvents by any of the industries or processes identified in this subdivision which do not count towards the three tons per year applicability threshold.
Requirement for New 226, Solvent Cleaning Processes and Industrial Cleaning Solvents?
With this change, Subpart Part 226-1 expanded its applicability to the cleaning of all materials, not just metal, and changing the ‘cold cleaning’ requirement:
Current: using a solvent with a maximum vapor pressure of 1.0 mm Hg, or less, at 20 degrees Celsius.
Revision: using a cleaner with no more than twenty-five (25) grams of VOC per liter (25g/l) of cleaning solution.
No changes are being proposed for open top vapor or conveyorized degreasing cleaning processes.
Subpart 226-2, Owners or operators subject to the proposed change will have work practice, recordkeeping and storage requirements for their cleaning solvents that contain VOCs.
Part 201 revisions include removing an exemption for cold cleaning degreasers that use a solvent with a VOC content of five percent or less by weight.
If for technological and economic infeasibility, the owner or operator of a facility cannot meet requirements of Subparts 226-1 and 226-2, the Department may accept a lesser degree of control upon submission of a satisfactory process specific RACT demonstration.
If you believe these proposed regulatory revisions apply to you and would like to learn more on how these amendments may affect your operations, Contact Walden today!