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NESHAP for Brick and Structural Clay Products Manufacturing and NESHAP for Clay Ceramics Manufacturing

a.k.a. NESHAP MACT for Brick and Structural Clay and Clay Ceramics

RIN: 2060-AP69 (What's this?)

Docket No.: Not yet available (What's this?)

Current Phase: Proposal (What's this?)

This final rulemaking establishes emission limits for hazardous air pollutants (hydrogen flouride (HF), hydrogen chloride (HCl), chlorine (Cl2), PM, dioxin/furan, Hg and metals) emitted from brick and clay ceramics kilns, as well as dryers and glazing operations at clay ceramics production facilities.

The brick and structural clay products industry primarily includes facilities that manufacture brick, clay, pipe, roof tile, extruded floor and wall tile, and other extruded dimensional clay products from clay, shale, or a combination of the two. The manufacturing of brick and structural clay products involves mining, raw material processing (crushing, grinding, and screening), mixing, forming, cutting or shaping, drying, and firing. Ceramics are defined as a class of inorganic, nonmetallic solids that are subject to high temperature in manufacture and/or use. The clay ceramics manufacturing source category includes facilities that manufacture traditional ceramics, which include ceramic tile, dinnerware, sanitary ware, pottery, and porcelain. The primary raw material used in the manufacture of these traditional ceramics is clay. The manufacturing of clay ceramics involves raw material processing (crushing, grinding, and screening), mixing, forming, shaping, drying, glazing, and firing.

NPRM: Sent to OMB for Regulatory Review06/13/2010
NPRM: Regulatory Review Concluded06/13/2010
NPRM: Received by OMB06/13/2010
NPRM: Sent to OMB for Regulatory Review09/24/2014
NPRM: Received by OMB09/26/2014
NPRM: Regulatory Review Concluded11/20/2014
NPRM: Comment Period Open12/18/2014
NPRM: Published in FR12/18/2014
NPRM: Comment Period Extension Published in FR12/31/2014
NPRM: Comment Period Closed02/17/2015
NPRM: Comment Period Closed with Extension03/19/2015
Final Rule: Sent to OMB for Regulatory Review08/24/2015
Final Rule: Received by OMB08/24/2015
Final Rule: Published in FR10/2015 (projected)

Potential Effects

Small Entities
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  • Likely to have any adverse economic impact on:
    • small businesses
  • Likely to have a significant adverse economic impact on a substantial number of these small entities:
    • small businesses

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Some of EPA's rulemakings undergo regulatory review (What's this?), as prescribed by Executive Order 12866 and coordinated by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The following list describes which of this rulemaking's stages have completed review and published in the Federal Register, if any, and provides links to the review documents where available. Consult the "Timeline" section of this Web page for the dates of each review.

  • NPRM - This stage of the rulemaking underwent review.
  • Final Rule - This stage of the rulemaking underwent review.
Citations & Authorities

Federal Register Citations

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Citation
40 CFR 63

Legal Authority
42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq. Clean Air Act


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