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Chromium Electroplating Compliance Calendar. Prepared by the Florida Small Business Assistance Program.

National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Chromium Emissions from Hard and Decorative Chromium. The Chrome NESHAP affects all facilities that use chromium electroplating tanks, regardless of size. Activities your facility must do to comply with the Chrome NESHAP are dependent upon the size of the operation and the type of process (hard, decorative, or anodizing). Also, see 2012 updates.

Kansas State Pollution Prevention Institute resources for visible emissions monitoring for NESHAP 6X (welding and dry abrasive blasting).

Metal Fabrication and Finishing Area Source Rule (40 CFR part 63, subpart XXXXXX). This rule covers dry abrasive blasting, dry grinding and dry polishing with machines, dry machining, spray painting, and welding for specific industry categories. The compliance date for existing facilities is July 25, 2011.

40 CFR Part 63 Subpart XXXXXX (6X) NESHAP -- Questions & Answers (Nov. 2011). This document combines Questions & Answers identified in the Nine Metal Fabrication and Finishing Source Categories Area Source NESHAP promulgation package and in subsequent conversations between stakeholders and EPA personnel.

NESHAP Halogenated Solvent Cleaning—May 2007 Revisions. On May 3, 2007, EPA published the first significant change in these rules since the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for solvent cleaning operations was published in 1994.

STERC Plain Guide to the Regulations -- Air Emissions. The STERC plain language guide.

Final National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for Plating and Polishing Operations (WWWWWW, or 6W) (STERC Fact Sheet)

Applicability Determination Index. A web-based database that contains memoranda issued by EPA on applicability and compliance issues associated with air pollution regulations (e.g., Maximum Achievable Control Technology).

National Small Business Environmental Assistance Program State Contacts. Most states have designated a person that can provide confidential, environmental compliance assistance at no charge for your small business.

Air Pollution State Resource Locator. Find state and regional air regulatory agencies and rules.

Solid/Hazardous Waste

EPA releases e-Manifest Compliance Assistance Tools. EPA established a national system for tracking hazardous waste shipments electronically. This system, known as “e-Manifest,” will modernize the nation’s cradle-to-grave hazardous waste tracking process while saving valuable time, resources, and dollars for industry and states. EPA launched e-Manifest on June 30, 2018. Under the e-Manifest Act and EPA's implementing regulations, manifest users may continue to use paper manifests, however, EPA strongly encourages the use of electronic manifests as these manifests will be the least expensive and easiest way to comply with the regulations.

EPA has developed various resources to assist waste generators. These include the following:

EPA Finalizes Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule. On November 28, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published in the Federal register the final Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule. This regulation amends the requirements governing hazardous waste generators under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Even though EPA states that the new regulation was needed to improve clarity and flexibility of hazardous waste generator requirements, the rule will add regulatory burdens, including new recordkeeping, labeling and notification requirements, with minimal benefit to human health or the environment.

Waste Analysis at Facilities That Generate, Treat, Store, and Dispose of Hazardous Wastes: A Guidance Manual, Final. Also known as the Waste Analysis Plan (WAP) Guidance, this document updates the 1994 version and is used to provide guidance on how to develop and implement WAPs suitable for managing hazardous wastes in accordance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), assist federal and state permit writers in evaluating submitted WAPs, and assist enforcement personnel in determining whether a facility is in compliance with their testing requirements.

California Inspectors Manual for Plating Operations. Find out what the inspector will be looking for before he shows up at your door.

STERC Plain Language Guides to Regulations – Hazardous Waste Management. The STERC plain language guide.

EPA Finalizes Amendment to the F019 Hazardous Waste Listing.

EPA Regulatory Determinations—Recent and historical listing of over 100 metal-finishing-specific EPA determinations and over 2,000 RCRA determinations. The determinations can now be searched with a convenient keyword search engine.

RCRA/Hazardous Waste Resource Locator. The rules for managing hazardous waste can vary from state to state. Find your states regulations, along with permit forms, guidance, contact information and other helpful resources.

Universal Waste Resource Locator. Some common items (batteries, pesticides, etc.) may be exempt from hazardous waste rules. Find out which items are designated as Universal Wastes in your state, link to state regulations, and local contacts at state agencies.

TSD & Recycling Facilities Locator. Use this on-line directory for locating hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal (TSD) and recycling facilities.


Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) - Metal Finishing facilities are subject to the SPCC rule if they have aboveground oil storage capacity greater than 1,320 U.S. gallons, or completely buried oil storage capacity greater than 42,000 U.S. gallons.

STERC Plain Language Guides to Regulations – Wastewater Discharges. The STERC plain language guide.

Stormwater Rules. A guide for metal finishers for meeting Phase II stormwater regulations.

Industrial Storm Water Resource Locator. Find stormwater permit forms and guidance documents for industrial facilities, and persons you can contact in your state agency for additional assistance.

Storm Water Training Resource Locator. Do you need to find information on Storm Water Training? Find storm water training resources available in your state with this tool.

Total Maximum Daily Load Resource Locator. Some streams and lakes are covered by Total Maximum Daily Load rules for sediment control. Find out about the TMDL program in your state, and determine whether your facility will be affected by TMDL rules.

Health and Safety

NIOSH Issues Chromium Assessment and New Limit
On January 24, 2013, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) posted a document entitled Criteria for a Recommended Standard: Occupational Exposure to Hexavalent Chromium in which NIOSH reviews the critical health effects studies of hexavalent chromium compounds to update its assessment of the potential health effects of occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium compounds and its recommendations to prevent and control these workplace exposures. The document provides a new Recommended Exposure Limit (REL) of 0.20 ug/m3 for workplaces. The criteria document is available here.

OSHA Hexavalent Chromium PEL is Finalized. Find out the details at the STERC Cr PEL page.

Occupational Safety & Health Resource Locator. Find out how health and safety laws are implemented in your state, link to the standards, and learn about available programs that assist with compliance.

OSHA has issued an Instruction to provide guidelines and establish uniform inspection and compliance procedures for the Chromium PEL. This new directive sets forth OSHA's policy and guidance for enforcing the hexavalent chromium workplace exposure standard. It can be used as a compliance guide for metal finishers.


TRI Form R Reporting Threshold Determinations for Manufactured Metal Compounds in Plating Baths. EPA has recently acted to enforce the reporting obligation contained in Section 313 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA) that applies to surface finishing processes. The rules require facilities that manufacture, processes or otherwise uses a toxic chemical in an amount exceeding an applicable threshold quantity of that chemical during a calendar year to report releases of listed hazardous substances. If a facility is required to report such releases, a toxic release inventory (TRI) Form R must be submitted to EPA and to the state. In the surface finishing process intermediate compounds are coincidentally manufactured as the metal is brought into solution. For example, copper, nickel, zinc and chromium compounds are being formed and unformed through the chemical reactions in the plating bath. These manufactured metal compounds must be calculated to determine the amount of chemical compounds that are manufactured, processed or otherwise used for threshold reporting levels. NASF has produced compliance assistance tools to help.

TRI Reporting. An explanation of the TRI responsibilities for the metal finisher.

Lead and TRI Reporting. A guidance document for determining the applicability of TRI reporting and links to reporting resources.

Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards. Do these standards apply to your plating shop? Find out here.

REACH — Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemical substances is a European Community Regulation (EC 1907/2006) that became effective on June 1, 2007.  It replaces a number of fragmented European directives and regulations within a single system. 


On-line Inspection Survival Course for Metal Finishers. An on-line course developed by STERC.

STERC Audit Policy Page. STERC has prepared a resource which examines EPAs Self-Audit Policy. It also details the relationship of Federal and state rules and links to additional information from around the Web.

EPA Region and State Pollution Prevention (P2) contacts.





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Please note that many of the regulatory discussions on STERC refer to federal regulations. In many cases, states or local governments have promulgated relevant rules and standards
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