On September 27, 2018, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) issued a notice of intent to revise the Air Pollution Control Regulations (APCRs) dealing with control of VOC.  More stringent VOC thresholds are proposed for the following:

  • APCR No. 33 - Control of VOC from Architectural Coatings and Industrial Maintenance Coatings
  • APCR No. 31 - Control of Volatile Organic Compounds from Consumer Products

The new VOC limits become effective January 1, 2019. For the architectural and industrial maintenance (AIM) coatings, RIDEM is proposing: to have standards for 11 new coating categories, to remove VOC standards for 17 coating categories, and to strengthen standards for 24 coating categories, consistent with regional emissions limitations. For the consumer products, RIDEM is proposing to have standards for 11 new consumer product categories and strengthen the standards for 11 consumer product categories, consistent with regional emissions limitations.  Comments on the proposed regulations will be accepted until October 27, 2018.

The following APCR were updated, primarily to be consistent with the new RIDEM APCR format and eliminate portions of the regulations that do not apply:

  • APCR No. 26 - Control of Organic Solvent Emissions from Manufacturers of Synthesized Pharmaceutical Products (comments due October 20, 2018)
  • APCR No. 20 - Burning of Alternative Fuels (comments due October 27, 2018)
  • APCR No. 13 - Particulate Emissions from Fossil Fuel Fired Steam or Hot Water Generating Units (comments due October 11, 2018)
  • APCR No. 10 - Air Pollution Episodes (comments due October 11, 2018)

APCR No. 10 was updated to be consistent with USEPA qualification of the episode (as given in 40 CFR Appendix L to Part 51).

Written comments on the proposed revisions may be submitted to the RIDEM by 4:00 PM on the date of each deadline by email or mail. Emailed comments should be sent to karen.slattery@dem.ri.gov. Comments sent via standard mail should be addressed to: Karen Slattery, Principal Air Quality Specialist, Department of Environmental Management, Officer of Air Resources, 235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908.

Additional details regarding the proposed revisions can be found at the following link.