Will this affect a certain industry more than others?
The Clean Air Act contains a list of 188 chemicals that are officially classified as hazardous air pollutants. As this pertains to welding, Lincoln Electric has identified the following AWS specifications which contain consumables that have hazardous air pollutants:
• A5.1/A5.1M:2004 Carbon Steel Electrodes for Shielded Metal Arc Welding
• A5.2/A5.2M:2007 Carbon and Low Allow Steel Rods for Oxyfuel Gas Welding,
• A5.4/A5.4M:2006 Stainless Steel Electrodes for Shielded Metal Arc Welding
• A5.5/A5.5M:2006 Low Alloy Steel Electrodes for Shielded Metal Arc Welding
• A5.6/A5.6M:2008 Copper and Copper-Alloy Electrodes for Shielded Metal Arc Welding
• A5.7/A5.7M:2007 Copper and Copper-Alloy Bare Welding Rods and Electrodes
• A5.8/A5.8M:2004 Filler Metals for Brazing and Braze Welding
• A5.9/A5.9M:2006 Bare Stainless Steel Welding Electrodes and Rods
• A5.11/A5.11M:2005 Nickel and Nickel-Alloy Welding Electrodes for Shielded Metal Arc Welding
• A5.13:2000 Surfacing Electrodes for Shielded Metal Arc Welding
• A5.14/A5.14M:2009 Nickel and Nickel-Alloy Bare Welding Electrodes and Rods
• A5.15-90 Welding Electrodes and Rods for Cast Iron
• A5.16/A5.16M:2007 Titanium and Titanium-Alloy Welding Electrodes and Rods
• A5.17/A5.17M-97 Carbon Steel Electrodes and Fluxes for Submerged Arc Welding
• A5.18/A5.18M:2005 Carbon Steel Filler Metals for Gas Shielded Arc Welding
• A5.20/A5.20M:2005 Carbon Steel Electrodes for Flux Cored Arc Welding
• A5.21:2001 Bare Electrodes and Rods for Surfacing
• A5.22-95 Stainless Steel Electrodes for Flux Cored Welding and Stainless Steel Electrodes for Gas Tungsten Arc Welding
• A5.23/A5.23M:2007 Low Allow Steel Electrodes and Fluxes for Submerged Arc Welding
• A5.25/A5.25M-97 Carbon and Low Alloy Steel Electrodes and Fluxes for Electroslag Welding
• A5.26/A5.26M-97 Carbon and Low Alloy Steel Electrodes for Electrogaws Welding
• A5.28/A5.28M:2005 Low Alloy Steel Filler Metals for Gas Shielded Arc Welding
• A5.29/A5.29M:2005 Low Alloy Steel Electrodes for Flux Cored Arc Welding
• A5.30/A5.30M:2007 Consumable Inserts
• A5.34/A5.34M:2007 Nickel-Alloy Electrodes for Flux Cored Arc Welding
In any case, it is an urgent matter for fabricators to learn more about these regulations, determine what their path will be, seek help if necessary and begin filing the appropriate documentation. Delaying will only make the effort more difficult.
Fabricators should be aware that research resources are available for their use. In fact, Lincoln Electric has created an easy, intuitive and interactive tool that can be used to walk a fabricator through the regulation to determine if it applies to a particular manufacturing environment. In addition, print and web documents have been produced to detail the requirements of the pending NESHAPS regulations. Manufacturers interested in reviewing these materials or the online interactive guide can locate these reference tools at a micro web site developed specifically to aggregate current knowledge on the topic at www.LincolnWeldFumeControl.com.
This summary of governmental regulations is provided for informational purposes only. Customers should consult with legal counsel in order to determine which regulations apply to their operations and what must be done to comply with those regulations.
Are You Ready?
Only research by your team will determine if you must take action. However, the most important thing you can do is get started. Why? Because the clock is ticking and, if you must be in compliance, you have to be turning in materials to the EPA just a few short months from now.
Authors Deanna Postlethwaite, Marketing Manager for the Lincoln Electric Automation Division and Kathy Gargasz, Environmental Coordinator at Lincoln Electric, can be reached at email@example.com for additional comment.