EPA Issues Direct Final Rule Adding To List Of Excluded VOCs

On 1 August 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a direct final rule revising the definition of volatile organic compound (VOC) under the Clean Air Act (CAA) and adding 1,1,2,2-tetrafluoro-1-(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy) ethane to the list of compounds excluded from the definition of VOCs. 81 Fed. Reg. 50330. EPA has concluded that the compound makes a negligible contribution to tropospheric ozone (03) and that there is a low likelihood of risk to human health or the environment. The rule is effective on 30 September 2016, unless EPA receives adverse comment by 31 August 2016. In addition, EPA published a proposed rule on the same day proposing to revise the definition of VOC as noted above. 81 Fed. Reg. 50408. Comment is due 31 August 2016.

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