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Public Comment Period for Ethylene Oxide Emission Standards

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EPA is proposing amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for the Ethylene Oxide (EtO) Commercial Sterilization Facilities source category.  EPA’s proposed rule would regulate parts of a commercial sterilizer facility that have not been regulated previously. This includes more stringent controls for sources of EtO emissions that currently regulated and would require facilities to continuously monitor air pollution control equipment and conduct performance testing.

Commercial sterilization facilities play a vital role in maintaining an adequate supply of medical devices.  EPA has identified 86 facilities that are in current operation with 20 of these facilities being recognized as a small business.

Comments must be received on or before June 27, 2023.  In addition, EPA will hold virtual public hearings on May 2 and May 3, 2023.

Jeremy Hancher is the EMAP Program Manager located at the Widener University SBDC.  He holds over 15 years of experience in environmental compliance, environmental policy, and program management.  He is proud to be the team lead of the award-winning EMAP program which provides free and confidential environmental assistance to the Pennsylvania small business community in fulfillment of the requirements of the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act and Section 507 of the federal Clean Air Act.
In 2015, Jeremy was part of the team effort when EMAP was recognized by US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for Outstanding Accomplishments by a State Small Business Environmental Assistance Provider in Providing Technical Environmental Assistance to the Small Business Community. Jeremy holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate from the Wharton School.