Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 63, Subpart GG (“40 CFR Part 63”), also known as the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants
(“NESHAP”) established (i) standards; (ii) test methods and procedures; (iii)
monitoring requirements; (iv) record keeping requirements and (v) reporting
requirements for aerospace manufacturing and rework facilities.
Specifically with respect to paint application and removal,
the EPA required:
All operations to be conducted
in a spray booth or hangar;
Air flow must be downward or
across the part and must be exhausted through a control device;
A control device can be a dry particulate filter
(also known as a paint arrestor) or water wash system but must meet
certain minimum standards.
The EPA developed a test protocol known as Method 319 to
determine if a dry particulate filter/paint arrestor complies with 40 CFR Part
63. Method 319 attempts to simulate dry and wet overspray characteristics of
hazardous air pollutants (“HAP”) and volatile organic compounds (“VOC”).
Effective January 10, 2011, all collision repair businesses must comply with EPA rule 40 CFR Part 63 (6H). With respect to filtration, 40 CFR Part 63 (6H) mandates that any spray booth or prep station must be equipped with paint arrestors demonstrated to achieve at least 98% capture efficiency of paint overspray and a manufacturer's test report must be maintained on-site.
Viskon-Aire, in January 2010, reconfirmed 40 CFR Part 63 (6H) compliance of its entire line of paint arrestors, both fiberglass (SG-15, 107X and XHD) and polyester (PS and Super PS). So as always, you can paint with confidence when you use Viskon-Aire filtration products.