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In December 2011, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) adopted amendments to the Title 30 of the Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC) Chapter 115 (Control of Air Pollution from Volatile Organic Compounds [VOC]), Subchapter E (Solvent Using Processes) regulations to further control VOC emissions from surface coating operations.  In general, updates to the rule, effective March 1, 2013, included additional restrictions on VOC content for materials, requirements for control, establishment of work practice standards and expanded rule applicability for various coating operation types including:

  • Flexible Package Printing
  • Paper, Film, and Foil Coatings
  • Miscellaneous Metal and Plastic Parts (MMPP) Coatings
  • Industrial Cleaning Solvents
  • Miscellaneous Industrial Adhesives

Additional changes were also made to rules applicable to large appliance, metal furniture, and automobile and light-duty truck assembly coatings. Click here to find out more information on the changes to the Chapter 115 surface coating regulations.

Trinity has been assisting sites since early 2012 evaluate implications of the changes noted above.  These new rules have impacted current authorizations for sites and compliance tasks.  If your site has not conducted its evaluation yet, please call Trinity at (800) 229-6655 and ask to speak with a Texas surface coating specialist.