1979-02-01

State Air Quality Plan and the Modernization of Automotive Painting Facilities 790370

The automobile, directly and indirectly, is .the major cause of air pollution in Michigan. While Michigan has made substantial progress in improving the pollution levels of particulates and sulfur dioxide (pollutants related to automobile production), we are just now taking aim at the control of volatile organic compounds which contribute to the formation of ozone, Michigan's most pervasive elevated air pollutant. Approximately 50% of all the VOC emissions in Michigan are attributable to stationary sources and the other 50% to mobile sources. The painting of automobiles and light duty trucks is a significant portion of the stationary source emissions. To reduce emissions from the motor vehicle painting facilities, Michigan has developed a unique regulatory approach which (1) requires implementation of all reasonable controls by 1982; (2) provides for substantial emission reduction during the period 1982-1987 through somewhat technology forcing requirements; and (3) accomplishes this on a schedule and with a price tag which the industry is prepared to meet. This paper summarizes the new requirements for GM, Ford and Chrysler painting facilities.

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