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The U.S. EPA finalized amendments to 40 CFR 63, Subpart N, Chromium Emissions from Hard and Decorative Chromium Electroplating and Chromium Anodizing Tanks on September 19, 2012.
The most immediate requirement includes placing housekeeping or best management practices into an operation and maintenance plan. The requirements should be put into practice by March 19, 2013. Other revisions include reductions in surface tension and emission limits as well as eliminating the use of a wetting agent, Perfluorooctane Sulfonic Acid (PFOS), by September 21, 2015.
A business which conducted a performance test after January 25, 1995 and is meeting the lowered emission limit as well as using the same emission controls under the operating conditions at the time of the test would not be required to retest.
Please review 40 CFR 63, Subpart N [PDF] regarding a two page summary of the amendments.
The Compliance & Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) staff are available to answer questions concerning hard and decorative chromium electroplating and electroplating in general. For basic information on how to comply with the regulation, please read A Guidebook on How to Comply with the Chromium Electroplating and Anodizing National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants [PDF] or call CTAP at (800) 988-7901.