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Background Information Document For Proposed Plywood And Composite Wood Products NESHAP.

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This background information document (BID) was prepared to support development of national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for the plywood and composite wood products (PCWP) manufacturing industry. Plywood and composite wood products include particleboard, oriented strandboard (OSB), medium density fiberboard (MDF), fiberboard, hardboard, softwood plywood, softwood veneer, hardwood plywood, hardwood veneer, laminated veneer lumber (LVL), laminated strand lumber (LSL), parallel strand lumber (PSL), wood I-joists, glue-laminated beams, and other engineered wood products. These PCWP are generally manufactured by adhering wood pieces (e.g., particles fibers, flakes, veneers, or lumber) with glue or other binder and pressing into a consolidated product.
The purpose of this document is to present information on PCWP manufacturing related to the hazardous air pollutants (HAP) emitted from PCWP processes and HAP control strategies. This document contains the following: (1) description of PCWP manufacturing processes and process units; (2) description of the air pollution control devices (APCD) used to reduce HAP emissions; (3) summary of nationwide counts of process units and APCD; (4) summary of nationwide and per-process-unit average HAP emission estimates; (5) summary of the HAP reduction capabilities of (APCD); (6) nationwide costs associated with the PCWP rulemaking; and (7) nationwide environmental and energy impacts associated with the PCWP rulemaking.
Much of the information presented in this document is based on detailed information documented in supporting memoranda. Section 1.2 describes the information sources used to develop this document and produces the additional supporting memoranda.

Proposed rule; Clean air; Plywood and composite wood products
Reference #:
A.2000.35 B
EPA Office:
Office of Air and Radiation
Office Suboffice:
Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
Office Division:
Emission Standards Division
EPA Author:
Kissell, Mary Tom
Document Type:
Background Cost-Related Document
Background Benefit-Related Document
Document Status:
Not Reported

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