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1 Evaluation of VOC Definition Based on Vapor Pressure Joint Services Environmental Management Conference & Exposition 2005 Nicolas Peterson EMAssist, Inc

2 Introduction Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) are extensively regulated. Generally, VOC are either exempt or not exempt. Not all VOC are created equal, but they are typically regulated as such. Some are less volatile. Some are less reactive. The EPA is currently re-examining how VOC are regulated. When is an organic compound no longer volatile?

3 Overview Benefits of updating VOC definition and/or regulation VOC definitions and regulations Suggested approach Recent EPA actions Conclusions

4 Benefits of Modifying Approach to VOC Less burdensome regulations for “VOC” that are minimally volatile and/or reactive (i.e. have minimal ability to produce smog): Focuses resources where they have more impact. Reduces risk of non-compliance without impacting the environment. Encourages the use of “greener” materials.

5 Scientific Definition of Vapor Pressure Surrounding Hg (1 atm) Liquid at temperature (T) High energy molecules escaping to the surrounding atmosphere Vapor Pressure (Pvap)

6 Vapor Pressure and Temperature

7 Regulatory Definition of VOC The EPA has defined a Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) as any compound of Carbon that participates in atmospheric photochemical reactions excluding the few listed as “Exempt VOC” by this section. [40 CFR (s)(1)]. No quantitative definition or lower-limit for “volatile” is provided; however, Disjointed approaches exist regarding this. Sampling and test methods do have limitations. Industry standards are typically used in the absence of regulatory specifics.

8 Regulatory Definition of Semi-VOC Semi-Volatile Organic Compounds (semi-VOC) have been quantitatively defined as a subset of the aforementioned VOC compounds whose atmospheric boiling point is >100 o C. This definition has not been incorporated into the regulations governing VOC.

9 California Air Resources Board (CARB) Definition of Low Vapor Pressure VOC The California Code of Regulations contains the definition of Low Vapor Pressure VOC “LVP-VOC”: A chemical “compound” or “mixture” containing at least one Carbon atom and one of the following: Vapor pressure <0.1 mm 20 o C, or, Composed of chemical compounds with more than 12 Carbon atoms, or A boiling point >216 o C. LVP-VOC are exempt from the VOC Content Limits for consumer products.

10 National VOC Emission Standards for Consumer Products Criteria for VOC Exemption: Vapor pressure <0.1 mm 20 o C; or, Consists of more than 12 Carbon atoms; or A melting point higher than 20 o C (and does not sublimate).

11 Aerospace National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) Solvents exempt from VOC Housekeeping requirements: Vapor Pressure <7 mm 20 o C; and, Must not contain HAP. This was set to encourage sources to use less volatile solvents.

12 De Nevers’ VOC Definition According to Dr. Noel De Nevers’, “Air Pollution Control Engineering” VOC are those organic liquids or solids whose room temperature (20 o C) vapor pressures are greater than about 0.52 mm Hg, and; Whose atmospheric boiling points are up to about 260 o C, or, Most compounds with less than about 12 Carbon atoms.

13 EPA Test Methods EPA test methods in 40 CFR 60, Appendix A are used for measuring VOC when determining compliance with emission limits. Test methods for VOC sampling and analysis have inherent limits in what compounds they can capture and detect.

14 EPA Test Methods EPA Methods 8260 and 8270 use either a Volatile Organic Sampling Train (VOST) or Tedlar Bags to collect the sample for analysis. The Semi-VOST will not capture compounds with a boiling point >200 o C. (for Semi-VOC). The Tedlar Bags and VOST will not capture compounds with a boiling point >121 o C. Semi-VOST – Sampling Method VOST – Sampling Methods 0030 and Tedlar Bags – Sampling Method 0040.

15 EPA VOC Emissions Report to Congress EPA VOC Emissions Report to Congress (March 1995) categorized certain VOC as “not reportable” where the VOC: Were solids, Had a vapor pressure <0.1 mm 20 o C, or Had > 12 carbon atoms.

16 Compilation of Reference Material Considering regulatory definitions, requirements, EPA Methods, etc., regarding Low Volatility VOC (LV-VOC) together suggests: A commonality among physical parameters. Further definition and integration within rules would be useful and appropriate. Regulations should take into account “how” the LV- VOC are used (e.g. heated). Boiling Point Vapor Pressure # Carbon Atoms

17 Low Volatility VOC Suggest LV-VOC be defined as those organic compounds that meet any one of the following: Vapor pressure <0.1 mm 20 o C, Boiling point >216 o C (at 1 atm), or Contain more than 12 Carbon atoms. Suggested LV-VOC parameters are beyond noted method detection limits (boiling point >216 o C vs 121 o C or 200 o C). Examples: Breakthrough, PD680 Type III, etc.

18 Low Volatility VOC LV-VOC criteria were suggested based on: EPA test methods Academic reference CARB definition of LVP-VOC Consumer Products VOC Emission Standards EPA’s 1995 VOC Emissions Report to Congress Aerospace NESHAP treatment of solvents

19 Comparison of Parameters and Definitions LOW - VOLATILITY VOC DEFINITION Citation, Authority or Rule Vapor Pressure mm 20C Boiling Point (C) # Carbon AtomsOtherContext/Technology 40 CFR Aerospace NESHAP<7 Must not contain HAP Exempt from Housekeeping req’ts "Air Pollution Control Engineering", De Nevers <0.52>260>12 Heuristic CA Code of Regulations Section 94510(d) - CARB Consumer Products <0.1>216>12 Exempt from VOC content limits. 40 CFR (f) - Consumer Products <0.1 >12 melting pt >20C Exempt from VOC content limits. EPA’s VOC Emissions Report to Congress (March 1995) <0.1 >12 For solids, N/A Emission Inventory Reporting. EPA Test Method 0040 (for 8260b &/or 8270c) - Tedlar Bag >121 Sampling limit EPA Test Method 0030 & 0031 (for 8260b &/or 8270c) – VOST >121 Sampling limit EPA Test Method 0010 (for 8260b &/or 8270c) – Semi-VOST >200 Sampling limit LV-VOC<0.1>216 >12Suggested criteria

20 Recent EPA Action The EPA is currently exploring alternative definitions/classifications to their VOC definition. The EPA noted plans to publish a notice inviting public comment on the VOC exemption policy. [Federal Register: Sep 3, 2003] The EPA proposed updating the VOC definition for Aerosol Coatings to include California’s new, reactivity-based VOC definition. [Federal Register: Jan 7, 2005]

21 Reactivity-Based Definition of VOC Specific VOC are given a numerical reactivity value. Values are relative and based on laboratory testing that determines grams of ozone formed per gram of organic compound reacted. These relative reactivities are determined for a number of specific compounds to make up the Maximum Incremental Reactivity (MIR) Scale.

22 Reactivity-Based Definition of VOC The new definition targets VOC on a reactivity basis instead of the original “Exempt or Not” approach. Applies to Aerosol Coating products in California. Intended to encourage Manufacturers to reformulate their Aerosol Coatings to use “greener” or less reactive VOC. Shows EPA’s willingness to consider new approaches to classifying VOC based on their propensity to form ozone.

23 Conclusions Benefits of classifying certain VOC as LV-VOC Allows for resources to be focused on more important contributors to photochemical smog (i.e. VOC that actually get into the air and react). Allows for a reduction in the compliance burden for air sources that really aren’t contributing to smog formation. Provides incentive to use “greener” (less reactive, less volatile) VOC.

24 Conclusions What we hope to accomplish with this presentation: Broaden awareness, and Stimulate discussion among and between the regulated and regulatory communities pertaining to: Management practices Rule development Permit negotiations

25 Questions?


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