In an effort to help composites manufacturers prepare for compliance with new air quality regulations, HK Research has co-sponsored the publication of Emission Control Strategies: A Guide for Composites Manufacturers. “This booklet is meant to be a reference guide for the composites manufacturer. It will afford quick access to new regulations their businesses must follow in regard to reducing volatile organic compounds (VOC) and hazardous air pollutants (HAP) that come from the composites manufacturing process,” stated David Higgins, National Sales Manager for HK Research. The compliance deadline for Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) is August 23, 2004 for boat producers. New compliance guidelines for the reinforced plastic composites industry will take effect on April 21, 2006.
Great detail is given to understanding MACT standards as well as other air quality regulations that preceded them. This guide will help readers understand the relevant standards for quantifying the volatile content of materials and for measuring pollutant emissions.
Also contained in this guide are overviews of new technologies aimed at exceeding the compliance standards of new MACT regulations. Among some of these are the development and use of new environmentally-friendly resins and gel coats capable of drastically reducing styrene and other HAP emissions. New low-emission application methods now allow manufacturers to use redesigned equipment to meet the regulations. Some companies may find success utilizing vacuum infusion molding or by changes in their pultrusion process. Still others can take advantage of today’s easy-to-use emissions capture and control systems that allow amazing operational flexibility. The guide also includes a complete resource section providing a wealth of regulatory agency contacts and industry resources.
HK Research, recognized as the industry’s premiere manufacturer of low-HAP gel coats, knew their proactive involvement and support for this publication would benefit all composites producers. “Manufacturers are turning to their suppliers more and more with questions about being able to comply with the new regulations. We saw our involvement in the publishing of this book as a way to help look out for the manufacturer, whether they are an HK customer or not,” stated Higgins.
For more information or to order a copy of Emission Control Strategies – A Guide for Composites Manufacturers, contact Ray Publishing at 303-467-1776.