Approved Equivalent Methods

As part of Ohio's State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the reduction of ozone, paragraph (C)(1) of Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rule 3745-21-18  requires that commercial motor vehicle and mobile equipment refinishing operations in the affected counties listed in paragraph (A) of rule 3745-21-18 use one of a set of specified coating methods. The use of these methods is intended to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in the affected counties. VOCs are a precursor to ozone.

Paragraph (C)(1)(k) of OAC rule 3745-21-18 allows facilities to use, "Any other coating application method that the applicable facility demonstrates and Ohio EPA determines achieves emissions reductions equivalent to [High Volume/Low Pressure] HVLP or electrostatic spray application methods. This demonstration shall be submitted for approval to the director of Ohio EPA. Any equivalent coating application method approved by the Director shall be submitted to the U.S. environmental protection agency as a revision to the Ohio state implementation plan for ozone." The following manufacturers have submitted demonstrations that their equipment meets the requirements of paragraph (C)(1)(k), and their equipment has been approved by the Director as an equivalent method under this paragraph. (Note: click on the manufacturer name to view the director's approval letter)

For questions regarding this information, please contact Lee Burkleca, or by telephone at (614) 728-1344.