The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) is proposing rule revisions to 35 IAC Parts 218 and 219 in order to implement the Control Technique Guidelines (CTGs) for volatile organic material (VOM) updated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in 2007. The first set of rule revisions was filed in July 2009 for the Group II CTGs which include flexographic, lithographic, rotogravure, and letterpress printing; industrial clean-up solvents; and flat wood paneling coating. The rule covering industrial clean-up solvents is likely to be widely applicable. Specifically, this rule would apply to all cleaning operations which use organic materials emitted at a rate of 15 pounds per day or more in the absence of control equipment. Cleaning materials would be required to have a vapor pressure of no more than 8.0 mm Hg at 20°C unless control equipment achieving at least 83% control is installed. Hearings for this rule have been set for October 27, 2009 and December 8, 2009.
The comment period for proposed rule revisions for the Group III CTGs closed on September 1, 2009. The Group III CTGs include paper, film, and foil coating; large appliance coating; and metal furniture coating. The IEPA has set an end of the year goal for revising the rules for the Group IV CTGs which would include metal product coatings, plastic parts coatings, auto & light-duty truck assembly coating, fiberglass boat manufacturing materials, and miscellaneous industrial adhesives.