Air pollution rules for coatings calm paint industry

The paint industry has wrested concessions from the Department of the Environment (DoE) in its campaign against a draft guidance note on the control of emissions from coatings manufacture. The final version of the note gives the industry an extra year in which to upgrade its existing processes, eases the rules on emission testing and solvent use inventories, and makes it less likely that abatement equipment for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) will be needed in many cases.1

The guidance is the last in a series of 78 notes which lay down air emission rules for sectors controlled by local authorities under Part I of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

None of the 77 notes attracted more open hostility from industry than the draft guidance on coatings manufacture. The opposition was led by the paint industry, the main sector affected (ENDS Report 197, pp 16-20).

The Paintmakers Association (PMA) claimed

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