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In July of 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) finalized the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Area Source Standards that affect plating and polishing operations that use the compounds Cadmium, Chromium, Manganese, Nickel or Lead and have the potential to emit less than 10 tons per year of any single Hazardous Air Pollutant (HAP) or less than 25 tons per year of a combination of HAPs. Owners or operators of existing sources are required to submit a Notification of Compliance Status by July 1, 2010.
The regulation requires plating and polishing operations to comply with specific requirements if performing the aforementioned processes. Limiting plating time to 3 minutes per hour or 1 hour per day, utilizing wetting agents or fume suppressants, providing tank covers and employing control devices to exhaust emissions are a few. The regulation requires implementing management practices to minimize or eliminate potential emissions such as, performing regular inspections of tanks to identify leaks and making repairs to racks, barrels and other equipment, practicing general good housekeeping and maintaining quality control of chemicals and bath ingredients in the tanks. Reports and records of compliance with these requirements are also required to be submitted and maintained.
Notification of Compliance Status must be submitted to:
U.S. EPA Region 5
Director, Air and Radiation Division
77 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604–3507
Courtesy copies may be sent to:
Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Office of Air Quality
Compliance and Enforcement Branch
100 North Senate Avenue
MC61-53, IGCN 1003
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2251
If you have questions or need assistance with this regulation, please contact the IDEM Compliance and Technical Assistance Section at (800) 988-7901 or (317) 232-8172 or via email at "ctap at idem.IN.gov".