Environmental Regulation
Air Quality Management

Notice of Rule Proposal
N.J.A.C. 7:27-16, Control and Prohibition of Air Pollution By Volatile
Organic Compounds and N.J.A.C. 7:27A-3.10, Air Administrative Procedures
and Penalties.

Public Notice
Take notice that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
is proposing new rules, and amendments at N.J.A.C. 7:27-16 and
N.J.A.C. 7:27A-3.10, Control and Prohibition of Air Pollution
By Volatile Organic Compounds and Air Administrative Procedures
and Penalties, respectively. If adopted, this rulemaking will
help the State continue to make progress towards attainment of
the one-hour standard of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards
for ozone, since volatile organic compounds are one of the precursors
of ozone. The amendments are proposed to be incorporated in the
State’s Ozone State Implementation Plan (SIP). A statement of
the substance of the proposal follows:

The Department is proposing new rules and amendments to it’s
rules governing the standards, emission limits and equipment specifications
for sources of volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions and
the penalty code revisions. These new rules and amendments would
establish new requirements for solvent cleaning operations, mobile
equipment repair and refinishing operations, and gasoline transfer
operations, in order to prevent or decrease emissions of VOCs
from these operations.

  • Solvent Cleaning Operations: The proposed amendments are based
    on a model rule prepared by the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC)
    and would establish more stringent equipment specifications
    and operating for vapor cleaning machines used to clean metal
  • Mobile Equipment Repair and Refinishing: The proposed new
    rules are based on a model rule prepared by OTC and would reduce
    VOC emissions by limiting the VOC content of paints, by requiring
    use of higher efficiency of spray guns and enclosed equipment
    for cleaning of spray guns and training of equipment operators
    by body shops and other mobile equipment repair and refinishing
  • Enhanced Vapor Recovery: The proposal includes provisions
    which increase the stringency of the requirements by requiring
    a facility’s vapor control system to have 98 percent control
    efficiency for transfer of gasoline from gasoline delivery vehicle
    to the facility’s storage tank; requiring yearly pressure integrity
    testing of a vapor recovery system; requiring installation of
    pressure relief valves on all vents; and requiring a phase-in
    of new nozzles and gasoline dispensers that are compatible with
    the on-board vapor recovery systems.

The proposed amendments also would revise terms and definitions
to make them consistent with the same terms and definitions found
in the Air Pollution Control Code, N.J.A.C, 7:27, and the New
Jersey Air Pollution Control Act, N.J.S.A. 26:2C-1 et seq.

The proposal is scheduled to be published in the New Jersey Register
dated August 5, 2002. A copy of the Department’s proposal are
available from the Department’s Public Information Center at 401
E. State Street in Trenton, the Department’s Regional Enforcement
Offices, a number of public libraries throughout the State, the
Department’s web site at www.state.nj.us/dep/aqm.
Westlaw Publishing at 1-800-808-WEST. Be advised that there may
be a fee for obtaining a copy of the proposal from some sources.
For more information on obtaining copies, please contact:

Ms. Lori McGee
DEP, Office of Air Quality Management
401 E. State Street
P.O. Box 418
Trenton, N.J. 08625-0418
phone: (609) 777-1345
fax: (609) 633-6198

A public hearing concerning the proposal is scheduled as follows:

Friday, September 6, 2002 at 10:00 a.m.
First Floor Public Hearing Room
Department of Environmental Protection
401 E. State Street
Trenton, New Jersey

Written comments may be submitted by close of business Wednesday,
September 10th, 2002, to:

Stacey P. Roth, Esq.
NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Office of Legal Affairs
P.O. Box 402
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0402
ATTN: DEP Docket #20-02-07/243