Public Hearing Request on Proposed Amendments to the NESHAP

February 12, 2019

In a letter to the EPA, NRDC joined 17 other organizations requesting a public hearing on its proposed amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for the Hydrochloric Acid (HCl) Production source category, which also seeks comment on the science based health risk factor for ethylene oxide (EtO). The letter highlights the impropriety of opening the EtO health risk factor in the first place, but since EPA has done so, it should hold at least one public hearing on this proposal as it relates to EtO to give the public a chance to comment. The letter also emphasizes that though most of the national attention generated by this issue is in the Chicago area, EtO is an issue affecting communities around the nation.