On June 13, 2008 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued final national air toxics standards for smaller-emitting sources, known as area sources, for nine metal fabrication and finishing source categories.These standards affect any new or existing facility that performs metal fabrication or finishing operations which uses or emits compounds of cadmium, chromium, lead,manganese, and nickel; or uses or emits elemental forms of all except lead. The rule covers area sources in nine different industries, including non-ferrous foundries. Resources are available for the 4Z rule (RICE), 6Z rule (nonferrous foundries) and 6J rule (industrial boilers).
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