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Development Document for Effluent Limitations Guidelines and New Source Performance Standards for the Synthetic Resins Segment of the Plastics and Synthetic Materials Manufacturing Point Source Category.

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This development document presents the findings of an extensive study of the synthetic resin segment of the Plastics and Synthetics Industry for the purposes of developing effluent limitation guidelines, and standards of performance for the industry to implement Sections 304, 306, and 307 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1972 (PL 92-500). Guidelines and standards were developed for the following major products: ABS/SAN; Acrylics; Cellophane; Cellulose acetate; High-density polyethylene; Low-density polyethylene; Nylon 6; Nylon 66; Polyester; Polypropylene; Polystyrene; Polyvinyl acetate; Polyvinyl chloride; Rayon. Effluent limitation guidelines contained herein set forth the degree of reduction of pollutants in effluents that is attainable through the application of best practicable control technology currently available (BPCTCA), and the degree of reduction attainable through the application of best available technology economically achievable (BATEA) by existing point sources for July 1, 1977, and July 1, 1983, respectively.

Water pollution control; Industrial wastes; Plastics industry; Industrial waste treatment; Standards; Synthetic resins; Biochemical oxygen demand; Evaporation; Ion exchanging; Cost analysis; Waste water; Anaerobic processes; Chemical removal (Sewage treatment); Osmosis; Incinerators; Electrodialysis; Suspended solids
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EPA Office:
Office of Air and Water Programs
Office Suboffice:
Effluent Guidelines Division
Office Division:
Office of Water
EPA Author:
Becker, David L.
Document Type:
Background Cost-Related Document
Document Status:
Not Reported

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