Economic Impact Analysis For The Proposed Clay Minerals Processing NESHAP, Final Report.
Pursuant to Section 112 of the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing a National Emissions Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) to control emissions released from the domestic processing of clay minerals. In the baseline year of analysis (1997), 34 companies owned and operated 76 facilities that produce process clay minerals. EPA estimated that four of these facilities owned by two parent companies will incur costs associated with this proposed rule. These four facilities all possess and operate the necessary control equipment (wet scrubbers), but they will face costs related to the installation and operation of monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting equipment.
The total annual costs of the rule are estimated to be $65 thousand. The costs are estimated to be less than 0.01 percent of sales for both parent companies. no facilities are projected to close, and no change in employment is expected.
The economic impacts of this rule on small businesses is also examined pursuant to the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) and the Regulatory Flexibility Act. According to the Small Business Administration's definition of a small business in the clay minerals processing source category, there are 16 companies identified as small and 17 as large. None of the facilities owned by the 16 small companies are expected to incur regulatory costs, hence there will be no anticipated impact on small entities from this NESHAP.
|Office of Air and Radiation|
|Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards|
|Emission Standards Division|
|Economic Impact Assessment|
Small Business Impact Assessment