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Economic Impact Analysis Of The Proposed Textile Coating, Printing, Slashing, Dyeing, And Finishing NESHAP, Proposed.

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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 production of coated, printed, slashed, dyed, and finished fabrics. The purpose of this rule is to reduce the flow of HAPs from potential emission points within textile facilities. The principal source of HAPs is from the use of solvents in the production process.
EPA has identified 135 manufacturing plants in the U.S. that are subject to the proposed rule. The total annual costs of meeting the MACT standards for these facilities is estimated to be $14.5 million. The impacts of this NESHAP are determined by examining the changes in market price and quantities of finished and coated fabrics. The prices of coated and finished fabrics are expected to increase by less than one-tenth of one percent and production of these fabrics is projected to decrease by less than one-tenth of one percent. The social costs of the rule, which account for changes in producer and consumer behavior is approximately $14.5 million.
To address the impacts on small businesses that own and operate fabric coating and finishing facilities, a screening level analysis comparing the costs of the regulation to the annual sales (CSR) of the companies was conducted. EPA finds that no small coating company will have a CSR that exceeds 3 percent. Sufficient data to determine the cost-to-sales ratios of the major fabric finishing companies was not available. However, at most 4 small companies will face costs that exceed monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting costs of $11.500. Based on this analysis, EPA believes that a significant number of small businesses will not be significantly affected by this standard.

Reference #:
A.2002.13 A
EPA Office:
Office of Air and Radiation
Office Suboffice:
Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
Office Division:
No division specified
EPA Author:
Hellwig, Vinson
Document Type:
Economic Impact Assessment
Small Business Impact Assessment
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