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March 16, 2017
Utah: Changing industrial solvent requirements

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is proposing changes to the state’s regulations governing the use of industrial solvents, which involve moving the regulations and lowering the applicability threshold. As a result, it is likely that many more industrial operations will be subject to the requirements.

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Industrial solvent cleaning involves the use of a VOC-containing liquid to clean parts, tools, machinery, equipment, and work areas.  The regulations governing such operations exist under Utah Administrative Rules (R) 307-335-7, but the DEQ is proposing to remove these requirements and establish new industrial solvent use regulations under R307-304.

Although the requirements will remain largely the same, the DEQ is proposing that the threshold for being subject to the requirements be lowered.  Under the existing regulation, the requirements apply to industrial solvent cleaning operations that emit 15 pounds of VOC or more per day.  The new proposed requirements change the threshold to industrial solvent cleaning operations that use 55 gallons or more per year of VOC-containing solvents.  This proposed change significantly reduces the amount of VOC that could potentially be emitted per year without being regulated.

For more information, contact DEQ’s Ryan Stephens at rstephens@utah.gov or by phone at 801-536-4419.

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