The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed stronger standards this week for facilities that produce polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The goal, according to the EPA, is to reduce emissions of harmful toxics, improving air quality and protecting people’s health in communities where these facilities are located.

The standards would reduce emissions of air toxics, such as dioxin and vinyl chloride, while giving facilities the flexibility to choose the most practical and cost-effective control technology or technique to reduce their emissions. Facilities would also need to monitor emissions at certain points in the PVC production process to ensure that the standards are met. All existing and any new PVC production facilities would be covered by this proposal, according to the EPA.

In a separate action, EPA is developing standards for the chemical industry that will address air toxics such as dioxins and vinyl chloride. The agency will issue a proposal for these sources later this year.

EPA will accept comment on this proposal for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

For more information, visit the EPA’s website.


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